Jul 15, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Science Education, M.A.T.


College of Education  
Department: Teaching and Learning 

Concentrations:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physics

This Major shares core requirements with the Mathematics Education, M.A.T. , Secondary English Education (ESOL and Reading Endorsements), M.A.T. , and Social Science Education, M.A.T.  

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  

 


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Science Education prepares students to teach science at the middle or high school levels. There are four science subject areas that students can choose from: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. The M.A.T. program is a state approved program for certification in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Science Education should have a degree in a science discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth science) that is taught in a middle or high school, or a closely related field.

Students seeking to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program with embedded Reading and ESOL endorsements must attain passing scores on all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).
Students who graduate prior to attaining passing scores on all portions of the FTCE will not receive the state-approved teacher preparation program with respective endorsements statement on their official transcript.

Accreditation:
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation CAEP) (Formerly NCATE)
 

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the Major, listed below.

  • Have completed at least 18-21 credit hours in college-level science in the concentration
  • Have passed the Florida Subject Area Exam in Science Education Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth and Space Science for partial or full consideration of the prerequisite coursework, above.

International Students
In addition to the University requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours - 36 hours minimum

  • Shared Core Requirements - 12 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Course - 21 Credit Hours
  • Concentrations - 3 Credit Hours Minimum

 

Concentration Requirements (3 Credit Hours Minimum)


Students select from the following Concentrations:

Biology


Students who are currently practicing teachers and teach full time must take a minimum of three (3) credit hours of internship, all others must take a minimum of six (6) credit hours of internship.

  • Student’s participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam.
  • Student’s content degree or equivalent (an admission’s requirement).

Chemistry


Students who are currently practicing teachers and teach full-time must take a minimum of three (3) credit hours of internship, all others must take a minimum of six (6) credit hours of internship.

  • Student’s participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam.
  • Student’s content degree or equivalent (an admission’s requirement).

Earth & Space Science


Students who are currently practicing teachers and teach full-time must take a minimum of three (3) credit hours of internship, all others must take a minimum of six (6) credit hours of internship.

  • Student’s participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam.
  • Student’s content degree or equivalent (an admission’s requirement).

Physics


Students who are currently practicing teachers and teach full-time must take a minimum of three (3) credit hours of internship, all others must take a minimum of six (6) credit hours of internship.

  • Student’s participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam.
  • Student’s content degree or equivalent (an admission’s requirement)

Comprehensive Examination


A written narrative exam tailored to the individual student. Exam needs to be completed by two weeks before final exam week of the student’s graduating semester. Exams will only be accepted during fall or spring semester, unless previous contract is established with the student’s advisor.