MA - Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching
Classroom, Field
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8150 Degree Awarded: Master of Arts
Age Restriction: N Admission status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, field Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: résumé,  objectives  

This post-baccalaureate program is for individuals with bachelor's degrees in content areas, who are either current teachers with 3-year temporary teaching certificates or are planning to enter the teaching field. The program is designed to help students earn an advanced degree while also completing coursework that can lead to Florida teacher certification. It consists of a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in mathematics or science, or in an area in which state certification is sought.

Degree Requirements

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. Students must also satisfy a field experience requirement that can be met either by a concurrent part- or full-time teaching position or by completing concurrent field experience courses taken either at Florida Tech or another accredited university. Students must pass an oral final program examination, which is given in the last semester of enrollment.

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.


At least 10 courses (minimum 30 credit hours) are required, as follows:

  • 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 5135 Reading in the Content Area
    Credit Hours: 3
    Students develop strategies for designing lessons that will lead middle and high school students to become active readers, engaged in the process of learning with textbooks as well as supplemental materials. Explores how to create active learning environments in which students know how, when and why to use all modes of language to learn.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Electives Credit Hours: 6
Select one course:
  • 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.
Total Credits Required: 30

All courses except EDS 5071, EDS 5072 or EDS 5073, and the electives must be taken at Florida Tech. Electives and a methods course in an area other than mathematics or science may be transferred from graduate-level studies elsewhere, subject to faculty approval.