UCF Colleges

College of Education and Human Performance

Web Address:http://education.ucf.edu/
Graduate Web Addresses:http://education.ucf.edu/grad/

Graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Performance are offered for students who have completed at least a baccalaureate degree. Both degree and non-degree programs may be planned for people in education-related positions in social and government agencies, business and industry, as well as for professional educators in private and public schools. Master of Education, Master of Science, and Master of Arts degrees are awarded in many dynamic fields. Education Specialist degrees are offered in School Psychology, Education with a track in School Counseling or a track in 'Master's plus 30', and Educational Leadership. Doctor of Education degrees are available in both Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction with several specialization options.  The Doctor of Philosophy in Education is available with fourteen tracks: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, Exercise Physiology, Higher Education, Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, Methodology/Measurement and Analysis, Reading Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, and TESOL. The College of Education is accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). In addition, the School Psychology program is accredited by the National Association  of School Psychologists (NASP), and the Counselor Education program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Counselor Education program includes Mental Health Counseling (MA), School of Counseling (MA, MEd), and Counselor Education (PhD).

Doctoral Programs

The College of Education and Human Performance offers the PhD in Education with tracks in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, Exercise Physiology, Higher Education, Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, Methodology/Measurement and Analysis, Reading Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, and TESOL. The PhD in Education is a research-oriented degree appropriate for educators from school districts, businesses, industry, educational agencies, and other educational settings who need a strong research base in their careers. It is the intent of this program to be interdisciplinary, allowing flexibility for students who will work with faculty in research clusters and learning communities on education-related research. Programs of study can be designed for those educators who seek teaching positions in a research university or a research-oriented position in business and industry.

Doctor of Education (EdD) programs are offered in two areas: Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. Educational Leadership offers two tracks: the Executive Track (K-12) and the Higher Education Track (college and university).  Both track areas are designed for students who are interested in management and leadership positions in educational organizations.  Professional experience and leadership potential are important considerations for admission to the Educational Leadership Program.  We also offer an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with several options for specialization areas, designed for those interested in teaching in a college of education, teaching a content field at the community college level, becoming a school district leader in curriculum and instruction, or performing instructional design tasks in military or business settings.

Education Specialist Programs

Education Specialist (EdS) degree programs are offered in three areas: Education, for persons in teaching and other instruction/training leadership positions; Educational Leadership, for those who are interested in decision-making positions in educational organizations; and School Psychology, for students preparing to enter the specialized fields of School Psychology or School Counseling.

Because the courses of the EdS degree may differ from those of the EdD, credit earned in an EdS degree program may not be automatically transferable to a doctoral degree program. When a recipient of an EdS degree is accepted for a doctoral program, the respective doctoral advisory committee will determine the amount of applicable credit earned in the EdS for the doctoral program. In any case, 15 semester hours is the maximum amount of credit transferable to a doctoral program of study with adviser approval. 

Master's Programs

Programs are offered in a wide variety of areas within the general field of education. Master of Education programs, generally, are open only to qualified students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and have completed course work for regular Florida State Teaching Certification. This degree is appropriate for practicing educators who wish to update and extend knowledge of their present teaching field.  Master of Science programs are offered in fields not requiring state certification.

Master of Arts programs leading to initial certification are open to qualified individuals who are seeking both a master's degree and a new teaching certification or to qualified students seeking a master's degree in a field not requiring state teaching certification. Students who are presently teaching with a valid Florida Teaching Certificate may add a teaching field to their certificate by completing a Master of Arts degree. Those students without previous certification who are seeking initial certification in a teaching area will be required by the program area to complete an internship to graduate from a state-approved program. Master's candidates must also complete a portfolio as part of the requirements of an internship.

NOTE: All Master of Arts programs at UCF leading to initial certification are state-approved programs. Completion of the prescribed program results in the affixing of a state-approved program stamp to the transcript. This stamp ensures that certification will be issued by the Florida Department of Education in the indicated area. Failure to complete the prescribed state-approved program through petitions, waivers, or unauthorized course substitutions will be cause not to affix the stamp of approval on the transcript. While the student may graduate with a Master of Arts, a transcript without the stamp will be evaluated for certification on a course-by-course basis. UCF and the College of Education and Human Performance do not guarantee that any non-stamped program transcript will lead to certification by the Florida Department of Education.

College Administration

  • Pamela “Sissi” Carroll, Dean
  • Jesse Perez "JP" Mendez, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Dave Edyburn, Associate Dean for Research 

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