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University of Central Florida — College of Education and Human Performance

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
College of Education and Human Performance
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Arts (MA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Education (MED), Master of Science (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Fall, July 15; Spring, December 1; Summer, April 15.

Admissions Cycle:

Most of our master degree programs admit three times per year, with Counselor Education and the two tracks in the MA in Educational Leadership admitting during fall and spring terms only and the K-8 Mathematics and Science program admitting once per year in summer term only.

Program Founded:
February, 2013


RPCVs will only be charged in-state tuition, regardless of their state residence before joining the Peace Corps.  At least two Graduate Assistantships with partial tuition waivers are reserved for RPCV Fellows who have already obtained Florida residency since leaving the Peace Corps.  Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants are federally funded grants--up to $4,000 per year to a maximum of $8,000 for a two-year master’s program--for students seeking the MAT or MED in high need areas (Mathematics Education, Science Education, Exceptional Education, K-8 Math/Science, or Reading Education).  Additional partial tuition waivers may also be available for RPCV Fellows accepted into the Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science.


Fellows will enroll in graduate courses designed to prepare candidates to work effectively with students with diverse learning needs, including lower socioeconomic status, multiple ethnicities, limited English proficiency, and various disabilities.  They will then apply this knowledge base, and their Peace Corps experiences, in internships and field experiences designed to ameliorate the obstacles that have unfairly limited central Florida students’ propensity to succeed in school and in life. To obtain the greatest benefit from RPCVs’ experiences and insights, the proposed Fellows program will partner with underserved schools and neighborhood community centers.  Fellows will help their assigned underserved schools and centers achieve these goals through sharing their real-world and hands-on experiences, providing motivation for their students to succeed, and enriching student activities with global perspectives by infusing country of service knowledge and experiences.


Admission to all graduate programs requires an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  The minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA required is a 3.0.  A second GPA may be calculated to meet this minimum admission standard by using the last 60 hours of a student’s undergraduate program. Admission to all initial teacher certification programs requires either a competitive GRE score or passing results on the Florida GKT (General Knowledge Test); admission to some of the MS and MED programs requires a competitive GRE score; and admission to a Counselor Education program requires the GRE and an interview with faculty.  All applicants should complete an online Graduate Application, Residency Form, and Health History Record by going to the following web site: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu and clicking on APPLY ONLINE in the top right hand corner of the page.  Your application will be processed by the university once you’ve hit the SUBMIT button and included your online application fee payment of $30.00.  Admission recommendations are made throughout the year on completed application files. 

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Andrea Withington
Executive Director, Graduate Affairs Office

College of Education and Human Performance

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