The Teacher Education MAT, Science Education - Biology program is a state-approved initial teacher preparation program for students seeking certification to teach Biology in grades 6-12, including students previously certified to teach in another field.
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The Teacher Education MAT,
Science Education, Biology 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
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Core—13 Credit Hours
- ESE 6935 Introductory Seminar in Secondary Education* (1 credit
- EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management* (3
- 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
- TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms
(3 credit hours)
*Must be taken in the first semester in the
**Must be taken prior to internship.
- LAE 5496 Disciplinary Literacy in the Content Areas (3
- SCE 5337 Issues and Methods in Secondary School Science
(3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours
elective courses are chosen in accord with the student's area of
- Electives approved by adviser (9 credit
Internship—6 Credit Hours
- SCE 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.
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
- Pass all required sections of the Florida
Teacher Certification Examination.
- Students are required to have 30
credit hours of co-requisite science course work to meet certification
requirements to teach science in grades 6-12. These may be previously earned
undergraduate or graduate science credits, or include graduate credits in
science 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 a 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 without going
through the university's application process.
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International Transfer Applicants
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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.