Initial Teacher Professional Preparation Graduate Certificate

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :CRT
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : N/A
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The Graduate Certificate in Initial Teacher Professional Preparation is designed for students who have secured a teaching position, plan to obtain a teaching position, or have a temporary teaching certificate.


For the Initial Teacher Professional Preparation graduate certificate, students complete six courses (18 credit hours total), including five required courses (15 credit hours) and at least one special methods course (3 credit hours).
Total Credit Hours Required:
18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

All of the required courses are available online and must be taken at UCF.

  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours) or LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)

Co-requisite—3 Credit Hours Minimum

Special Methods: Course selection depends on the student's intended certification area. Equivalent courses from other accredited Florida State Institutions may be used to satisfy this requirement at the discretion of the Program Director. Students are advised to obtain permission in advance of registering for these courses.

  • Art Education: ARE 5359 Teaching Art K-12 (4 credit hours)
  • English Language Arts: LAE 5346 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts (3 credit hours)
  • Math Education (Grades 5-9): MAE 5327 Teaching Middle School Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • Math Education (Grades 6-12): MAE 5336 Current Methods in Secondary School Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • Music Education: MUE 5348C K-12 Music Methods (4 credit hours)
  • Science Education (Grades 5-9): SCE 5325 Teaching Middle School Science (3 credit hours)
  • Science Education (Grades 6-12): SCE 5337 Issues and Methods in Secondary School Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • Social Science Education: SSE 5790 Inquiry and Instructional Analysis in Social Science Education (3 credit hours)
  • Business Education: BTE 6935 Seminar in Business Education (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Application Deadlines

Initial Teacher Professional Preparation Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
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*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.