Supporting High Needs Populations This is a Track

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MED
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Nonthesis
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The Supporting High Needs Populations track in the Curriculum and Instruction MEd program is designed to meet the advanced knowledge and skill needs of educators who work in urban settings.

This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.


The Supporting High Needs Populations track in the Master of Education (MEd) Curriculum and Instruction program requires 15 credit hours of core courses, including completion of a capstone research project. In addition, students take 18 credit hours of specialization courses.
Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—33-36 Credit Hours

Core—15 Credit Hours

  • EDG 6935 Introductory Seminar in Teacher Leadership* (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6223 Curriculum Theory, Organization and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6472 Data-Driven Decision Making for Instruction** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6233 Introduction to Action Research and Analysis of Classroom Practice** (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6635 Capstone: Action Research in Teacher Leadership (3 credit hours) 

*Must be taken in first semester of program.

**Prerequisites for the Capstone. 

Students complete a Capstone Research Project at the end of the program. Students must complete an Intent to Graduate form the semester prior to enrolling in ED 6635. EDF 6635 is offered in spring semester only.

Specialization—18 Credit Hours

Students take the following courses:

  • EDF 6725 Critical Issues in the Study of High Needs Populations (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6155 Lifespan Human Development and Learning (3 credit hours)

Choose four of the following elective courses with adviser approval:

  • CCJ 6485 Issues in Justice Policy (3 credit hours)
  • ECW 6067 History of Career Education in the United States (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6206 Challenges of Classroom Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6855 Equitable Educational Opportunity and Life Changes: A Cross-National Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6886 Multicultural Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6636 Impact of Social Contexts on Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6342 Seminar: Critical Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6246 Education of Special Populations of Gifted Students (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 5605 Building and Improving Relationship and Emotional Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6700 Advanced Psychoeducation and Data-Based Decision Making (3 credit hours)

Independent Learning

The MEd requires a course-based action research study and completion of a capstone experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Evidence of eligibility for a professional teaching certificate in Florida in related area and/or sustained teaching experience within schools/colleges (approved by track coordinator).
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only. 

Application Deadlines

Supporting High Needs Populations *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Apr 15Dec 1Jan 15Jul 15
International Applicants Nov 1Jul 1Jan 15Jan 15
International Transfer Applicants Dec 15Sep 1Jan 15Mar 1
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.