The Teacher Education MAT, Mathematics Education program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Mathematics in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.
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The Teacher Education MAT, Mathematics Education program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The program is a secondary (grades 6-12) program for noneducation majors at the undergraduate level or teachers previously certified in another field.
The MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText access is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Required Courses—19 Credit Hours
Core—13 Credit Hours
- ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit hour)
- EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3 credit hours)
- 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)
- TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)
*Must be taken in the first semester in the program.
**Must be taken prior to internship
Methods—6 Credit Hours
- LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
- MAE 5336 Current Methods in Secondary School Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours
Students should select three of the following specialization courses. Course substitutions can be made with approval of adviser.
- IDS 6515 Classroom Management for Mathematics and Science Teachers (3 credit hours)
- IDS 6939 Reforming Curriculum in Mathematics and Science Education (3 credit hours)
- MAE 6337 Teaching Algebra in the Secondary School (3 credit hours)
- MAE 6338 Teaching Geometry in the Secondary School (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 6656 Using Technology in the Instruction of K-12 Mathematics (3 credit hours)
- MAE 6899 Seminar in Teaching Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Internship—6 Credit Hours
- MAE 6946 Graduate Internship (6 credit hours, taken over two semesters***)
***The two semester requirement applies to on-the-job internships and most traditional internships. Traditional internships may be completed in one semester with advisor approval.
Students should ensure that they meet all requirements for Graduate Internship.
- Complete 24 credit hours of the program, including all core courses plus methods courses.
- Overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.
- No more than 6 credit hours of co-requisite content requirements can be outstanding at the time of admission to graduate internship.
- Passing scores on the appropriate Subject Area Examination and Professional Education Examination are required prior to admission to the second semester of graduate internship.
- Students must apply and be approved for graduate internship. Deadline dates and applications are available through the Office of Clinical Experiences at http://www.education.ucf.edu/clinicalexp/
- Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Internship requires the student to demonstrate proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices at the beginning level in accordance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.065.
Culminating Experience—2 Credit Hours
- ESE 6256 Critical Issues in Secondary Education (1 credit hour, taken twice)
Additional Program Requirements
- Complete an electronic portfolio according to program guidelines. This portfolio requires demonstration of professional growth, reflection, and proficiency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
- Pass all required sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.
- Students are required to have 30 credit hours of mathematics course work to meet certification requirements to teach mathematics in grades 6-12. These may be previously earned undergraduate or graduate mathematics credits or include graduate credits in mathematics approved for electives in the program. Only six hours of independent study courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. It is important to see an adviser if courses are difficult to schedule in content areas.
Students in the Master of Arts in Teacher Education program pay a $64 equipment each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $32 per semester.
Independent LearningThe MAT requires an online portfolio of both reflective practice/analysis of professional development and demonstration of attainment of the beginning level of performance for all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs). Multiple artifacts and reflective analysis are required for each of the accomplished practices. All portfolio entries are critical components of learning since they are the primary means of accessing the professional development of students as reflective practitioners. LiveText is required for the portfolio. In addition, an internship is required.
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.
addition to the general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each
- Passing score on all four parts of the
Florida Teacher Certification Examination/General Knowledge Test (FTCE/GKT) OR
a competitive score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. This program does
not require GRE for admission, but in accordance with Florida Statute 1004.4
and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066, admission to this graduate-level,
state-approved initial teacher preparation program requires demonstrating
mastery of general knowledge.
UPDATE: In order to
demonstrate mastery of general knowledge, Graduate
Record Exam test administrations conducted on or
after July 1, 2015, may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a
mastery of general knowledge. A minimum passing score on a GRE subtest in an
applicable general knowledge content area, as defined in the table below, will
satisfy the requirement of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge for the
applicable general knowledge content area.
FTCE GKT SUBTEST
MINIMUM GRE SCORE REQUIRED TO SUBSTITUTE FOR GK
GK Writing Subtest (Essay)
GRE Analytical Writing
score of 4 out of 6
GK English Language Subtest Skills
GRE Verbal Reasoning
score of 151
GRE Verbal Reasoning
score of 151
GRE Quantitative Reasoning
score of 147
- NOTE: Effective January 1, 2015, only
examination results earned by educators within 10 years prior to the date of
application for a new Florida Educator’s Certificate with the Florida Department
of Education may be acceptable for certification eligibility requirements (SBR
- 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.
- To align with current student standards and, therefore, be acceptable to
satisfy educator requirements, a passing score on an examination identified in
state board rule must have been earned during the ten (10) years immediately
preceding application and qualification for a certificate, unless otherwise
stipulated in relevant statue or rule.
Students may not switch
from an MAT program to an MEd program, or vice versa, without going through the
university's admission process.
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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.
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.