At UCF, learning extends beyond coursework. As a teacher education student, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved and practice your new skills in various educational settings. Whether it is practicing your teaching skills with simulated students, engaging in research projects, learning about educational systems in another country through study abroad, or networking through KnightED Talks and student organizations, each experience brings opportunity for growth and success in your career.
The TeachLivE™ lab is a mixed-reality classroom with simulated students, providing teacher candidates and teachers the opportunity to develop their pedagogical practice before applying it to real students. Developed at UCF, the lab supports research and professional development for pre- and in-service teachers.
Teacher education students enhance their coursework and field experience through KnightED Talks, weekly professional learning workshops led by teacher education faculty members, certified PreK-12 educators and school administrators with expertise in areas relevant to teaching.
Additionally, students have a chance to share their best work by presenting at the annual KnightED Talks Student Showcase.
Getting involved in a student organization is a great way to enhance your college experience and network with fellow future educators.
Get connected to research opportunities within the college and around the university. Whether you want to participate in UCF’s Honors Undergraduate Thesis program, share your research at the college’s Annual Research Showcase, or present your research to the UCF community at the Student Scholar Symposium, our faculty are available to support your research interests.
Complement your education by gaining a global perspective through studying, researching and interning abroad. When you study abroad, you’ll experience new cultures and educational systems and broaden your understanding of teaching and learning.
Jumpstart UCF is a national early education program working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed by providing language, literacy and social-emotional programming for preschool children in under-resourced communities. Our program offers undergraduate students a chance to work alongside like-minded peers, receive high-quality training in early childhood development and education, and gain invaluable hands-on experience in the classroom by providing teaching instruction to preschoolers and aiding certified teachers. Teacher education students who participate can impact educational equity while potentially earning funds to help pay for their college education through Federal Work Study or a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.