The Science Education program prepares graduates to be effective teachers of secondary science in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. The program is dedicated to providing all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills. Additionally, we are committed to developing collaborative community partnerships, utilizing technological advances and maintaining currency in "state of the art" best practices in secondary science education.

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Biology Education: Tonjua Freeman, Ph.D.
Chemistry Education: Su Gao, Ph.D.
Physics: Malcolm Bulter, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator: Janet Andreasen, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science

Biology, Science Education – Secondary Education (BS)

The Secondary Education BS- Science Education Biology program offers students the option of two tracks: Education Lifelong Learning (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal 6-12 schools that require certification. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside of formal K-12 schools that do not require certification.ing Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside formal, K-12 schools that do not require certification.

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The Secondary Education B.S. Biology-Science Education Track meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Biology (6-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Chemistry, Science Education – Secondary Education (BS)

The Secondary Education B.S. – Science Education Chemistry program offers students the option of two tracks: Education and Lifelong Learning (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal 6-12 schools that require certification. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside of formal K-12 schools that do not require certification.

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The Secondary Education B.S. Chemistry-Science Education Track meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Chemistry (6-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Physics, Science Education – Secondary Education (BS)

The Secondary Education B.S. – Science Education Physics program offers students the option of two tracks: Education and Lifelong Learning (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal 6-12 schools that require certification. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside of formal K-12 schools that do not require certification.

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The Secondary Education B.S. Physics-Science Education Track meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Physics (6-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Undergraduate Minor

Science Education

The Science Education minor is well suited for students majoring in another secondary content area or as an area for students enrolled in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sciences, or Engineering. This minor is available for students in the 2008 catalog year and beyond. This minor is not available to students in pending status in a College of Community Innovation and Education teacher certificate program.

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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching

Teacher Education (MAT) – Science Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT.) graduate program was created to allow individuals who are not certified to teach to become effective, certified teachers of secondary science education. Graduation from this state-approved MAT includes the successful completion of a 6-hour internship, submission of a comprehensive portfolio, and passing scores on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. The Master of Arts in Teaching admits in spring and summer terms only.

The Teacher Education (MAT), Science Education program is for non-education majors or previously certified teachers in another field and offers three tracks: biology, chemistry, and physics.

The Biology Track is for students seeking certification to teach Biology in grades 6-12.

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The Chemistry Track is for students seeking certification to teach Chemistry in grades 6-12.

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The Physics Track is for students seeking certification to teach Physics in grades 6-12.

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The Teacher Education (MAT) Science Education Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Tracks meet the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (6-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Teacher Education (MAT) – Middle School Science Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate program was created to allow individuals who are not certified to teach to become effective, certified teachers of middle school science education. Graduation from this state-approved MAT includes the successful completion of a 6-hour internship, submission of a comprehensive portfolio, and passing scores on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. The Master of Arts in Teaching admits in spring and summer terms only.

The Teacher Education (MAT) Middle School Science Education program is for non-education majors or previously certified teachers in another field seeking certification to teach science in grades 5-9.

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The Teacher Education (MAT) Middle School Science Education Track meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Middle Grades General Sciences (5-9) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Secondary Education (MEd) – Science Education

The Science Education track in the Secondary Education MEd program is designed to meet the advanced knowledge and skill needs of certified secondary science teachers, enabling them to expand their subject matter knowledge and professional teaching skills.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy

Education (PhD) - Science Education

This Science Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare science educators for various career options, including training science teachers, teaching postsecondary science, and conducting research in science education. The program will assist students in providing options to careers in preparing teachers of science, teaching postsecondary science, and conducting research in science education. Doctoral students in this track engage in research activities with an interdisciplinary faculty, experience internships, and interact with the nationally acclaimed Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science. Throughout these activities, students are also mentored by experienced and successful university science education faculty.

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