Amanda Darcangelo, M.A.
(727) 873-4051

Student learning in classThe Master’s of Science degree in Middle Grades STEM Education cultivates and trains teachers in STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math) to both

  • create STEM-related experiences that excite and interest students of all backgrounds and to
  • support states and school districts in their efforts to transform schools into vibrant STEM learning environments.

The program engages middle school science and mathematics teachers in ways to

  • improve their content knowledge and enhance pedagogical skills in teaching mathematics and science
  • prepare middle grades mathematics and science teachers for roles as educational leaders; and,
  • prepare middle school STEM teachers to inspire and teach students to be successful in STEM education, thereby increasing the number of individuals capable of filling critically important STEM-related career positions.

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Admission Requirements

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as program requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit satisfactory evidence of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a STEM-related field from a regionally accredited university with grades of ‘C’ or better in all core undergraduate science and mathematics courses as well as at least a 2.5 GPA in the cumulative and upper level (last 60 credit hours) coursework.
  • Currently valid teacher certification in an appropriate area.
  • Must be teaching in math and/or science in middle grades (5-9) at time of admission (preference is two (2) years, but not required)
  • State of Florida ESOL requirement for middle grades content teachers.
    Note: If this requirement is not met prior to starting the program, the student will be required to take an additional course in the program – FLE 5345: Teaching English Language Learners K-12 prior to graduation.

Applicants with a cumulative and/or upper level GPA of less than 3.0 must submit one of the following:

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of at least a 153 for the verbal portion and 144 for the quantitative portion on tests taken within the past five years.
  2. Submit satisfactory evidence of a previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited university with grades of ‘B’ or better in all science and mathematics graduate level coursework.

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Program Curriculum (36) credit hours

Core Classes

  • Foundations of Educational Research 3
  • Cognition, Comprehension and Content Area Reading 3
  • Seminar in Curriculum Research 3

Cognate Courses

  • Teaching Earth Space in Middle Grades 3
  • Teaching Biology and Ocean Science in Middle Grades 3
  • Physical Science for Middle Grade Teachers 3
  • Geometry and Measurement in the Middle Grades 3
  • Technology-Enhanced Numerical Analysis in the Middle Grades 3
  • Teaching Technology-Enhanced Algebra in the Middle Grades 3

Science and Math Courses

  • Trends in STEM for Middle Grades Teachers 3
  • Current Trends in Math/Science Assessment 3
  • Middle and Secondary STEM Methods 3


Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Applications are accepted year round with three available terms for you to begin your master’s program.

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Kristine LeDoux
Graduate Admissions
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