Master's +30 This is a Track

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :EDS
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Thesis, Nonthesis


The Education EdS, Master's +30 Track is an advanced graduate program for post-master's students. It is designed for professionals who wish to increase their knowledge to prepare for doctoral work, add expertise in their current field of teaching, or add an additional field of expertise.


The Master's +30 track in the Education EdS program requires 30-33 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including advanced foundational core courses, specialization courses, and a capstone seminar. Students must also complete a portfolio.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30-33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—30-33 Credit Hours

Advanced Foundational Core—13-16 Credit Hours

  • EDE 6933 Introductory Seminar* (1 credit hour) For students with a specialization in Elementary Education or Reading Education
  • ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar* (1 credit hour) For students with other specializations
  • EDP 7517 Facilitating Learning, Development and Motivation (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7457 Data, Assessment and Accountability (3 credit hours)
  • EDA 7101 Organizational Theory in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6635 Action Research and Inquiry in Teacher Leadership** (3 credit hours) or IDS 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

* Must be taken in the first semester of the program.

** Student completes either a Capstone Research Project or Thesis at the end of the program.

Capstone—2 Credit Hours

  • EDE 6935 Capstone Seminar (2 credit hours) For students with a specialization in Elementary Education or Reading Education
  • ESE 6936 Capstone Seminar (2 credit hours) For students with other specializations

Specialization—15 Credit Hours

For the specialization, students must complete 15 credit hours of specialization courses from one of the following UCF College of Education programs. Courses are selected with approval of the student's adviser.

  • One of the tracks in the Teacher Leadership MEd program
  • The specialization or electives in another MEd program
  • The concentration in the Education EdD program
  • One of the tracks in the Education PhD program


An electronic portfolio will document the reflections, learning experiences and projects that the student has engaged in throughout the program of study. Each course will have milestone assignments in the portfolio. Transitions in the program will be documented in the first semester during the Introductory Seminar (Professional Development Plan), at the completion of the core courses (Synthesis Paper), and with the presentation of the independent learning product and final Professional Development Plan during the Capstone Seminar.

Independent Learning

The EdS requires a small-scale research study (if co-enrolled in a doctoral program) or completion of a capstone experience such as an internship, research report, or thesis (if this is a "terminal" program for the student).

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.
  • A master’s degree in a related field of study.
  • An official GRE score is not required for admission to the Education Ed. S., Master's + 30 Track.  However, preference will be given to applicants who submit a competitive score. Note that students who wish to co-enroll for the Ed.D. Program must apply to that program and comply with all admission criteria for that program including an acceptable GRE score.
  • A goal statement detailing the specific subfield of education in which the applicant intends for a specialization and explains how the degree will contribute to the applicant's career development plan.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members in the College of Education and Human Performance in their area of specialization before they apply to identify a potential advisor.
  • Resume
  • All applicants must attend an interview session and an orientation to be accepted to the program.  These will be held on dates announced on the College of Education and Human Performance website.
  • 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.

Application Deadlines

Master's +30 *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15May 1



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 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.