Specialist in Education
Main Campus - Melbourne

Specialist in Education in Science Education

The primary emphasis of the specialist in education degree is placed on the development of specific competencies needed in science education.

Admission Requirements

The applicant to the specialist in education program must hold a master's degree in science or education with science as the teaching area.

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Degree Requirements

A candidate for the specialist in education degree must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better in a 30 credit hour program. Although research methodologies are included in the curriculum, no thesis is required. A three-member committee appointed by the department head and approved by the Graduate School office gives a final examination in the last semester of enrollment. A student can transfer up to 12 hours of graduate credit from other approved institutions offering at least the specialist in education degree.

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.


Candidates for the specialist in education degree must complete 30 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree as follows:

Current Research and Methodologies in Science Education (9 credit hours)
Must be taken at Florida Tech; exceptions may be considered only through a written petition reviewed by the department's graduate faculty.

EDS 5070 Educational Statistics 3
EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research 3
EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education 3

Science (9 credit hours)
The candidate must have earned a minimum of 21 master's degree-eligible credit hours in science beyond the bachelor's degree. These credit hours include the nine specifically required for the specialist degree and any other credit hours from approved post-baccalaureate science courses.

Science Education (9 credit hours)
As approved by the head of the department.

Electives (3 credit hours)
Each student chooses an elective to fit a particular certification and/ or interest area.