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Program at a Glance

College of Community Innovation and Education
Teacher Education, Schl of
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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Gain the Knowledge and Skills Needed to Become a Successful Educator

The BS in Teacher Education program at UCF prepares you to effectively teach art, physical education or world language subjects at the elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12) grade levels. Using current technologies in the classroom, you’ll gain first-hand experience in developing pedagogy and content knowledge to meet the needs of students and learn how to teach learners with varying abilities.

Throughout your time at UCF, you’ll have many opportunities to engage in additional professional development workshops as well as participate in an annual student showcase. The KnightED Talks workshops, offered throughout the fall and spring semesters, provide you with regular professional learning on topics of relevance to the teaching profession. The KnightED Talks Student Showcase is a forum where you can share your best work with peers. This professional development opportunity enhances both your scholarship and presentational skills.

This program leads to subject-area certification issued by the Florida Department of Education. A non-certification option is also available through our lifelong learning track.

Education Track (certification)
Follow this track if you’re interested in opportunities for employment with formal K-12 schools that require certification. Choose from one of the content area tracks, including art, physical education and world languages. Throughout the program, you will be required to complete two teaching internships in elementary, middle or high schools. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for teacher certification.

  • Art Education – Education Track
  • Physical Education – Education Track
  • World Languages Education, Spanish or French specialization – Education Track

Lifelong Learning track (non-certification)
With this track, explore several content areas such as art education, physical education and world languages. Upon graduation, teach or work in settings outside of traditional schools that do not require teacher certification, such as curriculum publishing companies, art museums, athletic programs or parks and recreation, nonprofits working with English language learners (U.S. and international), and schools that don’t require teacher certification.

  • Art Education – Lifelong Learning Track
  • Physical Education – Lifelong Learning Track
  • World Languages Education, Spanish or French Specialization – Lifelong Learning Track
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The teacher education program at UCF is approved by the Florida Department of Education.
Various opportunities — service learning, community engagement, professional learning workshops, research, etc. — to extend your learning and provide valuable, hands-on experiences.
About 80% of UCF teacher education graduates work in public schools across the state of Florida.
The median annual pay for teachers in Florida is around $50,000.

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Course Overview

Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management

Explore instructional, organizational and classroom management strategies to create effective learning environments. Fifteen hour in-school experience required.

Focus on methods of teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), ESOL curriculum and materials, cross-cultural understanding, applied linguistics in second language teaching and test and evaluation of ESOL.

Materials available for instruction in public schools will be explored in depth in relation to their appropriateness and productive qualities. May be used in the degree program a maximum of 3 times.

Teaching Education Skills You’ll Learn

  • Learn strategies for teaching chosen content area at the K-12 level.
  • Differentiate instruction and teach all learners.
  • Infuse technology into instruction.
  • Apply effective classroom management strategies.

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary, Middle School or High School Teacher
  • Art Education Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Spanish or French Teacher
  • Curriculum Developer

College of Community Innovation and Education News

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Maria Vazquez ’95MEd ’10EdD has served as the district’s deputy superintendent since 2018.
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