The Education Sciences major in the College of Education at the University of Florida is the only major of its kind in the state of Florida. Students will be exposed to diverse facets of the field of education in this program. This online degree in education sciences is not intended for students seeking teaching certification. Core courses delve into educational technology, education psychology, social foundations of education, and advocacy for access and inclusion of people with disabilities.

After completing core classes, students can choose a specialization or customize their own and participate in an internship/practicum/experiential learning experience tailored toward their relevant interests in education. This ensures that each student’s upper division coursework is aligned with individual career and educational goals.

Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences graduates would be well-positioned for entering a career track in either a traditional or non-traditional educational setting, advancing within an existing career, or pursuing an advanced degree related to research, or their area of specialization.

The 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates favorable job prospects for specialists prepared by the Education Sciences degree. According to the handbook, a 7% increase is expected over the next 10 years in training and development fields related to Education Sciences. In addition, the field of educational technology is rapidly changing to include more employees with only a bachelor’s degree who are skilled in instructional design and in implementing and evaluating web-based learning environments.

Note: Students seeking a program that offers a teaching certification should not complete this program.

For more information on admission deadlines for each semester, contact the admission team.

Education Science Program Curriculum

Students must complete 30 credits of coursework for the education sciences major to include a 15-credit core and a 15-credit specialization. The specialization must be declared no later than semester 6. Each specialization’s coursework requirements are specified after the Critical Tracking section. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in a course for it to be applied to the major. A minimum 15 credits of major-related courses must be completed at the University of Florida.

All education sciences majors are required to attend colloquia, contribute to seminars, and participate in experiential learning.

Required Courses

Critical Tracking Courses

  • EDF 1005 Introduction to Education
  • EDF 2085 Teaching Diverse Populations
  • EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology

Core Courses

  • EDF 3210 Educational Psychology
  • EDF 3604 Social Foundations of Education
  • EDF 3423 Educational Research Design
  • EEX 2000 Impact of Disabilities: Home, Community and Workplace
  • EME 3813 Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments

Capstone Courses

  • EDG 2021 Critical Issues in Education (S/U; A colloquium series that explores current education issues and research. Guest lectures from faculty)
  • EDG 4931 Senior Seminar Education Sciences (S/U; Seniors present findings/summary of experiential learning)
  • EDG 4078 Experiential Learning in Education (Research, Internship, Service Learning, Study Abroad)

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    Education Science Specialization

    Students majoring in Educations Sciences can choose from the following specializations:

    Disabilities in Society

    Stimulating coursework expands your knowledge of how to positively impact the lives of individuals with special needs. By providing a lens to view the unique perspectives and roles of individuals with disabilities in society, this specialization will help to shape your view of work in your field of choice and involvement in your community. Awareness will change you.

    Educational Technology

    Ed Tech goes far beyond tablets and smartboards. This focus is designed to establish a background understanding of the industry and help students cultivate the skills needed to succeed in this growing field. From instructional design to virtual or augmented reality learning environments, we have carefully crafted a sequence of courses to engage you in this growing field.

    Education Psychology & Research

    Build a highly-valued skillset through the application of data analysis, research design and evaluation techniques. This specialization provides focused coursework on the psychology of learning and the application of educational research.

    Schools, Society & Policy

    Our shared belief is that schools are shaped by larger societal forces like politics, culture, economics, and values. We enlist perspectives from history, philosophy, sociology and cultural studies to explore the inter-relationships between schools and society. Discover and apply knowledge to address and resolve pressing issues in schools, education policy and society.

    Early Childhood Studies

    Early Childhood Studies aims to provide students an understanding of the transdisciplinary field of early childhood through exploring the intersections among early care and education, health/mental health, and family support systems. The scope of courses provides a base in which we explore the science, policy, and implementation of early childhood development, learning, health, and well-being from child- and family-centered and developmental equity perspectives. Emphasis is placed on practices and policies used within and across these systems to support equitable outcomes and thriving children, birth to 5-years old, and their families.

    Program Requirement

    Freshmen & Lower Divison Transfer Applicants

    Upper Division & Second Bachelor’s Transfer Students
    Upper division transfer applicants (students with 60 or more college credits earned) and Second Bachelor’s degree seeking applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and have completed at least one of the following courses with a grade of C or better.

    • Introduction to Education (EDF 1005)
    • Teaching Diverse Populations (EDF 2085)
    • Introduction to Educational Technology (EME 2040)

    The UF College of Education strongly prefers that upper division transfer applicants and second bachelor’s degree seeking students complete Introduction to Education (EDF 1005) prior to admission. Courses titled Intro to Education/Intro to Teaching Profession (or anything similar) completed at private or out-of-state institutions may be considered as a substitute for EDF 1005.


    • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
    • Unsuccessful attempts in prerequisite courses may lower competitiveness.
    • Unsuccessful attempts in additional courses in the desired major may lower competitiveness.
    • Out of state courses used to meet prerequisites may need to be evaluated by the appropriate department upon admission.