K-8 Mathematics and Science Education MEd

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MED
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://education.ucf.edu/mathed/


The Master of Education in K-8 Mathematics and Science Education program prepares teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning in mathematics and science in grades K-8.

This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.


The K-8 Mathematics and Science Education MEd program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 15 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization content pedagogical courses, and six credit hours of thesis work or the nonthesis option, which focuses on either completing and submitting findings of a research project to a refereed journal or developing a portfolio in preparation for National Board Certification for Teachers.

Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

Core—15 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6472 Data-Driven Decision-making for Instruction (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6342 Seminar - Critical Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6937 Teaching Mathematics and Science Using Reform-based Practices (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6939 Reforming Curriculum in Mathematics and Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6516 Leadership Development for Mathematics and Science Teachers (3 credit hours)

Specialization—15 Credit Hours

The following courses provide the content pedagogical courses for the K-8 Mathematics and Science Education MEd program. 

  • SCE 5836 Space and Physical Science for Educators (3 credit hours)
  • ISC 6146 Environmental Education for Educators (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6899 Seminar in Teaching Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6318 Current Methods in Elementary School Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6641 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6971 Thesis

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Some students may choose to complete a nonthesis option, the action research project, through one of two pathways: (1) plan, complete, and submit findings of a research project to a refereed journal; or (2) develop a portfolio according to the guidelines of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The portfolio requires a demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency and incorporates the concepts of "action research" in a classroom. In addition, all portfolios require a final reflective analysis of students' overall learning and professional development as the capstone portfolio entry. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. Students must submit and defend their portfolio before the program faculty as well as submit it for National Board Certification review.

  • IDS 6910 Research in Mathematics and Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6329 Quality Teaching Practices (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

A thesis or action research project is required.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Three years of teaching experience.
  • Recommendation letter by a school principal.
  • A professional Florida teaching certificate in one of the following areas: elementary education, mathematics education (middle school or secondary), or science education (middle school or secondary).
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education program applications are accepted for admission to the summer term only. For information regarding the Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science please visit http://education.ucf.edu/lmacad/index.cfm.

Application Deadlines

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education MEd *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants




Apr 15
International Applicants




Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants




Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.