Science Education Program Information
The Science Education master’s degrees programs focus on theory and research-based best practices in formal and informal science teaching and learning at all age levels (preK-adult). Two types of master’s degrees in Science Education are offered: a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E. degree). More information about the requirements for these degrees can be found in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
Beginning in Summer 2018 we will be offering an online program that leads to Florida Teacher Professional Certification (middle and high school) at the post-baccalaureate level. This certificate program is an approved Florida Department of Education Educator Preparation Institute (EPI). Our program is:
- Completed in 2 semesters
- Strong subject-area preparation with 1 semester of supervised student teaching
- Is completed entirely online, allowing you to complete your student teaching in your local area
- Can transfer directly and become the first half of an online Master’s degree, an M.A.E. in Science Education
This 18-credit certification program is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education and leads to eligibility for Professional Educator certification in Florida. Students from out of state are welcome to apply. Be sure you understand the implications for your own state’s teaching certification requirements.
Master of Arts in Education
The M.A.E. in science education offers two options: thesis or project-in-lieu of thesis. Upon admission, M.A.E. students work closely with a faculty advisor to design a program of study tailored to their professional needs and goals. Students who have completed the Certificate Program may use all 18 of those credits towards the M. A. E. Students can complete science education M.A.E. programs as either part-time or full-time students. This program is also appropriate for individuals who are interested in adding to their science content background with graduate level coursework while preparing to teach at the community college level. https://education.ufl.edu/science-education/master-of-arts/.
The thesis option is designed for experienced preK-adult formal or informal science educators interested in pursuing advanced degrees with a strong research focus. Most students completing the M.A.E. thesis option continue on to pursue doctoral degrees in science education. Thirty credits of graduate level coursework and six credits of supervised research culminating in a thesis are required.
The non-thesis option is primarily designed for experienced preK-adult formal or informal science educators interested in improving their own professional practice while also earning a graduate degree. A minimum of 36 total graduate credits is required for the non-thesis M.A.E. degree along with an action research project that is usually job-embedded.
For more detailed information about the Science programs and faculty, as well as various certificate programs please visit our website: http://education.ufl.edu/science-education.
Master of Education
The science education M.Ed. degree (known as “ProTeach”) is a state-approved and nationally-accredited middle and high school initial teacher preparation program. Three tracks are offered (biology, chemistry, and physics), all of which fulfill the course and field experience requirements for professional teacher certification to teach grades 6-12 science in the State of Florida. No thesis or project is required for the M.Ed. degree.
The ProTeach M.Ed. program uses a professional cohort model in which students complete 39 credits of graduate level education coursework in a full-time Fall, Spring, Summer sequence. A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent of a bachelor’s degree) in one of the three areas of science certification is a pre-requisite/co-requisite for completion of the program. Additional information outlining the program of study for the science ProTeach block is available at this link: https://education.ufl.edu/science-education/certificate/ and lists of content core pre-requisites for the biology, chemistry, and physics Proteach programs are available at this link:https://education.ufl.edu/science-education/certificate/.