Master of Education

Master of Education
Main Campus - Melbourne, Fort Lee, Redstone/Huntsville
Major Code: 8116 Degree Awarded: Master of Education
Age Restriction: N Admission status: graduate, Extended Studies
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, lab Location/s: main campus, Redstone/Huntsville
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives  

This degree program is designed for working professionals who seek to further their education and enhance their teaching practice. It is appropriate for teachers at any grade level and in any subject matter area. This program is designed to help teachers expand their knowledge of relevant educational foundations, theory, method and research, as well as their ability to relate and apply these to teaching and schooling practices.

Admission Requirements

The master's program is designed for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree or better from an accredited college of university. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or better for regular admission and should submit a résumé, statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Education is conferred on students who have successfully completed 30 credit hours as specified in an approved program plan, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and who have received a passing grade on the final program oral examination taken during the last semester of registration.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow all master's degree policies governed by the graduate programs office. This includes arranging for the final program examination committee and scheduling the examination within the required time frame.

Required Courses (9 credit hours)
  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes sampling procedures, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, estimation of variability, the normal distribution, differences between two groups, analysis of variance and correlation. Also includes nonparametric techniques, multivariate techniques and computer analysis of educational data.
  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes research skills and related competencies involved in the planning, conducting and reporting of applied research studies of the type required for a graduate degree.
  • EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an overview of human development and learning. Topics include behavioral, social and cognitive learning theories. Emphasizes the application and implications of these theories to educational practice. Includes student review of research articles and other publications that relate to human development and learning theories.
Electives (21 credit hours from the following)
  • EDS 5051 Methods and Management of Middle and Secondary School Teaching
    Credit Hours: 3
    Students demonstrate methods of classroom management that constitute effective teaching practice as defined by the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • EDS 5055 Foundations and Management of Classroom Instruction
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the contemporary field and foundations of education and the teaching profession. Includes the dynamics of school life, effective teaching practices, classroom management, ethical and legal issues facing teachers, economic and political issues, the history of American education, and educational reform.
  • EDS 5060 ESOL Teaching Strategies
    Credit Hours: 3
    Prepares future teachers with resources to promote cross-cultural awareness, language development and academic progress. Special attention to approaches, methodologies and techniques designed for limited English proficient children that help all students achieve success in content areas.
  • EDS 5067 Measurement and Evaluation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the foundations of educational measurement and evaluation, the techniques of educational measurement, the presentation and analysis of data collected through measurement and the application of measurement and evaluation.
  • EDS 5071 Methods and Strategies of Teaching Middle and High School Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates the principles, skills and methods of teaching science at the middle and secondary school level. Emphasizes the laboratory-centered inquiry approach.
  • EDS 5072 Methods and Strategies of Teaching Middle and High School Mathematics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates the principles, skills and methods of teaching mathematics at the middle and secondary school level. Emphasizes application and practice with a hands-on discovery approach.
  • EDS 5073 Methods and Strategies for Teaching Specific Middle and High School Content
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates the principles, skills and methods of teaching specific secondary content at the middle and high school levels.
  • EDS 5081 Research 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Individual research work conducted under the supervision of a science education faculty member.
  • EDS 5226 Introduction to Computers in Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introductory review of various uses for microcomputers in schools. Includes a review of current hardware available, computer application software, use of the World Wide Web, computer assisted instruction software, networking and legal/ethical issues.
  • EDS 5298 Current Topics in Science Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Selected current topics in science education.
  • EDS 5410 Foundations of Environmental Education
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and overviews the field of environmental education. Includes an overview of the history and definition of EE, models of environmental literacy and behavior, and published needs assessments and status reports. Concludes with an analysis of current needs/problems and opportunities in Florida.
  • EDS 5420 Methods in Ecology and Environmental Science Content
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on concepts in ecology and environmental science, and principles for teaching and learning concepts. Introduces students to models for teaching/learning concepts and generating lessons using selected models. Concludes with an analysis of educational materials.
  • EDS 5430 Methods for Environmental Problems and Issue Investigation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on skills for analyzing, investigating and evaluating environmental problems and issues. Students practice these skills and apply them in an investigation on a selected problem/issue. Other topics include skill-based teaching strategies and emphasis on these skills in programs and print materials.
  • EDS 5440 Methods for Citizenship and Environmental Responsibility
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes rationales and strategies for teaching citizenship and environmental responsibility. Explores these topics from various perspectives, and develops and applies skills in these areas. Reviews pertinent guidelines and strategies in social studies, science and environmental education.
Total Credits Required: 30