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Program in Science Education College of Science Florida Institute of Technology

  • Melbourne, FL
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 43%57%
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • $20,214 | $20,214
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

Science Education at Florida Tech

Florida Institute of Technology's College of Science is a leader in technology instruction and research. Home to 23 undergraduate and 17 graduate programs under the college's purview, the nearly 70,000 square-foot F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Building provides 51 teaching and research laboratories.

Small class sizes and a tight-knit program bring students and professors together as part of a supportive and collaborative community. Students aren't just names on a roster -- instead, students are treated as respected research professionals and future educators.

Florida Tech offers 4 master's degree programs in education, including science education, elementary science education, environmental education, and computer education. Florida Tech also offers 2 Ph.D. programs in education, including mathematics education and science education.

Customizable Master of Science Degree Program in Science Education

Florida Institute of Technology offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Science Education degree program that allows students to specialize in biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, oceanography/earth science, general science (for middle and junior-high school teachers), psychology, and more. This program prepares students to teach the K-12 spectrum and inspire young learners of many ages while making advances in teaching theory through intensive research.

Highly Specialized Ph.D. Program in Science Education

Florida Institute of Technology offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Science Education degree program for students looking to become school system administrators or college professors. The Ph.D. program requires 42 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including core courses that address educational statistics, educational research, and trends in education. Graduates will have the research background necessary to become college and university professors, and the theoretical understanding to make a difference as school administrators and board members.

Master of Science in Education Directed toward Careers in Elementary Education

Florida Tech offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Elementary Science Education degree program tailored to students looking to teach in elementary school settings. Students will learn how to take complex scientific concepts and present them in easy to understand and intriguing ways to young learners. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available to allow students to tailor their educations and research to their personal interests, including creating virtual chemistry labs for children, integrating physics into early elementary science courses, and more.

Master's in Environmental Education Degree Program

As the first university to offer an Environmental Education Master's degree program in the state, Florida Tech has been an educational pioneer, especially regarding Florida's unique ecosystems. The program blends environmental content, educational methods, and research to ensure that graduates are well-rounded and prepared for all aspects of education. The curriculum follows the North American Association for Environmental Educators' respected guidelines and is designed to cover the latest developments in constantly changing environments. Florida Tech's location amid several marine ecosystems places students just minutes from the environments they study, allowing for interactive experiences that enhance and build upon class content.

Cutting-Edge Research Completed at this National Research University

Students studying education learn to teach through research experiences. Students discover new ways of teaching content in a variety of science areas while learning advanced materials in science subjects. Both thesis and non-thesis research topics are available to match students' preferred curricula and may be funded through various grants. Thesis research varies according to each student's individual interests, including subjects such as the relationship between environmental knowledge and sustainable habits, the use of school gardens to teach about ecosystems, and in-person versus online education. Non-thesis research includes needs assessments, reviews of curricula, program evaluations, and survey research.

Florida Institute of Technology is a national research university that houses 34 research institutes and centers, along with many more major laboratories. The current value of research and sponsored projects at Florida Tech is over $90 million. Students and faculty members work together in interdisciplinary settings to explore innovative solutions to the nation's most challenging issues.

Internationally Recognized Faculty Members at Florida Tech

Faculty members at Florida Institute of Technology are internationally recognized educators, researchers, and scholars who are committed to the pursuit of excellence and intellectual curiosity. Several professors have served as members and teachers of the United States Peace Corps. With hundreds of published research papers, books, and over 10,000 citations, Florida Tech's science education faculty members are recognized researchers with major contributions to their fields.

Professor Thomas Marcinkowski has developed assessment tools and program evaluations that have been used in a wide variety of studies including research on environmental literacy, environmental quality, and responsible environmental behavior.

Professor Lazlo Baksay has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an honor given to less than 0.5% of members.

Florida Tech: The STEM University

Florida Tech is dedicated to inspiring innovation and discovery through dedicated student and faculty member research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students in science education programs conduct research that expands current boundaries of knowledge. As future teachers, they learn to share their passion for STEM subjects with young learners through understanding of cutting-edge STEM teaching techniques.

Florida Institute of Technology -- The Only Independent, Technological University in the Southeast

Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 to provide training and education to personnel working in the space program at what is now Kennedy Space Center. Today, the campus sits on 130 acres of subtropical landscape in Melbourne, Florida, and is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. Florida Tech is committed to encouraging intellectual curiosity and providing quality programs with effective teaching techniques.

Notable alumni include leaders on Wall Street, a National Teacher of the Year Recipient, director of a NASA center, 5 space shuttle astronauts, and the United States' first female 4-star general.

Florida Institute of Technology Financial Aid Sources

Eligible graduate students may apply for more than 14 fellowships and awards, including the Dr. Leonard S. Healy Graduate Scholarship and the Civil Alumni Recruitment Endowment (CARE). The graduate research program on campus has also recently seen a major upsurge in proposals for funded research. Students with interest in innovative research opportunities may take advantage of those and related opportunities.


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Program in Science Education

College of Science
Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL



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