Elementary 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/elemed

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Education in Elementary Education program is designed to meet the needs of the classroom teacher whose career goal is to remain in the classroom.

CURRICULUM

The MEd in Elementary Education requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and offers a thesis and nonthesis option. Both options require 9 credit hours of core courses and a minimum of 12 credit hours of elective specialization courses, in addition to the 9 credit hours required in the thesis or nonthesis options. At minimum, 50 percent of the program coursework completed for the MEd must be at the 6000 level.

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

The MEd program offers thesis and nonthesis options. The nonthesis option requires a research study in one or more courses. The research study and final report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the education profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area.

Students should plan to take EDE 6933 Introductory Seminar in Elementary Education during the first semester of enrollment. Students should take EDE 6935, which includes a program culminating experience, during the final semester in the program.

Required Courses—9 Credit Hours

  • EDE 6933 Introductory Seminar in Elementary Education*  (1 credit hour)
  • EDE 6935 Capstone Seminar in Elementary Education* (2 credit hours)
  • EDF 6233 Introduction to Action Research and Analysis of Classroom Practice (3 credit hours)
  • EME 5050 Fundamentals of Technology for Educators (3 credit hours) or EME 6405 Application Software for Educational Settings (3 credit hours)

Note: Courses with an asterisk (*) require an independent learning experience in the form of research studies.

Specialization—12 Credit Hours

Choose from one of the following specializations: General Elementary Education, Exceptional Education, Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education, or K-8 Mathematics and Science. Choose at least 12 credit hours from the following specialization courses with the approval of your adviser. The adviser may approve courses taken as part of a UCF graduate certificate program for this area of the MEd (up to 12 credit hours). 

General Elementary Education Specialization
  • ISC 6146 Environmental Education for Educators (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5295 Writing Workshop (1-3 credit hours)
  • LAE 5319 Methods in Elementary School Language Arts (3 credit hours). (Use this course if no previous language arts methods course has been taken.)
  • LAE 5415 Children’s Literature in Elementary Education (3 credit hours). (Use this course only if no previous children’s literature course has been taken.)
  • LAE 5495 Assessing Writing (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6296 Advanced Writing Workshop (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6417 Investigation in Children’s Literature (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6616 Trends in Language Arts Education (3 credit hours)
  • LAE 6936 Seminar in Language Arts Education (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6318 Current Methods in Elementary School Mathematics (3 credit hours). (Use this course if no previous mathematics methods course has been taken.)
  • MAE 6517 Diagnosis/Remediation of Difficulties in Mathematics for the Classroom Teacher (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6641 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5517 Classroom Diagnosis and Development of Reading Proficiencies (3 credit hours). (Use this course if no previous reading diagnosis course has been taken.)
  • RED 6116 Advanced Study in Foundations of Reading (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 5836 Space and Physical Science for Educators (3 credit hours)
  • SSE 6617 Trends in Elementary School Social Studies Education (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5345 Methods of ESOL Teaching (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6142 Critical Approaches to ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6440 Assessment Issues in TESOL (3 credit hours)
Exceptional Education Specialization
  • EEX 5051 Exceptional Children in the Schools (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6061 Instructional Strategies Pre-K-6 (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6065 Programming for Students with Disabilities at the Secondary Level (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6107 Teaching Spoken and Written Language (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6295 Assessment and Curriculum Prescriptions for the Exceptional Population (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6612 Methods of Behavioral Management (3 credit hours)
Early Childhood Education Specialization
  • EEC 5205 Programs and Trends in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 6216 Communicative Arts in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 6269 Play Development, Intervention, and Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 6405 Home-School-Community Interaction in Early Childhood Education (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 6406 Guiding and Facilitating Social Competence (3 credit hours)
  • EEC 6606 Global Issues in Early Childhood (3 credit hours)
Gifted Education Specialization
  • EGI 6051 Understanding the Gifted/Talented Student (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6245 Program Planning and Methodology for Gifted/Talented Students (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6246 Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6305 Theory and Development of Creativity (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6417 Guidance and Counseling Strategies for Teachers of Gifted and Talented Individuals (3 credit hours)
Mathematics and/or Science Specialization
  • IDS 6937 Teaching Mathematics and Science Using Reform-Based Practices (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6318 Current Methods in Elementary School Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6517 Diagnosis/Remediation of Difficulties in Mathematics for the Classroom Teacher (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6641 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills (3 credit hours)
  • MAE 6899 Seminar in Teaching Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • SCE 5836 Space and Physical Science for Educators (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—9 Credit Hours

Either LAE 6792 or EDF 6481 must be taken in addition to completing a thesis.

  • EDE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • LAE 6792 Teacher Researcher (3 credit hours) OR
  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—9 Credit Hours

A culminating experience is required in this option.

  • Electives (9 credit hours) selected with the permission of the adviser

Independent Learning

The program requires a research study in both the EDE 6933 and EDE 6935 courses. The research study and final report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the education profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area.

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 current Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in the program’s subject area or have completed all requirements for that Professional Teaching Certificate. Applicants who have graduated from an accredited university or college teacher certification program in another state or country, in the appropriate subject and/or grade range, may also be admitted to the MEd program at the discretion of the program director.
  • 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

Elementary Education MEd *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 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.

FINANCIALS

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

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. 


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