Our changing world requires a new type of education. At FIU, we are reimagining ways to remove barriers and make learning more hands-on, more inclusive and more accessible. Our faculty are leading innovative research and projects that address some of the most urgent challenges facing education and teaching today.
It’s because of faculty like this that FIU is among the top 15 programs in the nation in undergraduate elementary teacher education, scoring an A+ rating from the National Council on Teacher Quality. Our online degree programs are ranked among the Top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
We prepare diverse educators to lead diverse classrooms, expanding possibilities for world-class leaders in education.
Teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools who are FIU graduates
National Council on Teacher Quality rating - undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program
FIU alumni named Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teachers of the Year
Programs catalyzing REAL change in education
We offer fully online, nationally ranked education master’s programs. Some can be completed in as few as 12 months, and no GRE is required.
We were ranked in U.S. News & World Report's top 50 online master's degrees in education for 2020 - climbing 21 spots this year!
We received the National Council on Teacher Quality Top 15 Undergraduate Elementary Program ranking. Ours is one of only 15 programs to earn an A+ for exemplary coursework.
New Online Master's in Elementary Education
Our School of Education and Human Development is launching an online Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education Track. We’re opening new possibilities for diverse educators that will empower them to make changes in classrooms and become school leaders.
Our educators make a REAL difference
Assistant Professor Remy Dou is leading the NSF-funded Talking Science project, which explores the content, context and structure of children’s conversations about STEM with friends and family members and how these features relate to STEM identity development. He wants to understand how the cultural values of Hispanic youth shape the nature of these conversations and related outcomes.
Many states need more special education teachers who are prepared to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities. Professor Elizabeth Cramer is the director of the U.S. Department of Education-funded Project INCLUDE, preparing doctoral students at FIU, Arizona State University and Syracuse University to work in urban settings with high-need students.
Ashley Floyd Kuntz, Director of Prestigious Scholar Development and a clinical assistant professor, researches the philosophy of higher education, especially expanding educational access and promoting equity and inclusion on college campuses. She received a Spencer Foundation Conference Grant to explore dilemmas of ethics and justice in higher education.
Assistant Professor Shayl Griffith’s research centers on at-risk young children, focusing on early identification and intervention in problems of development, parent-child interactions, child media use and the use of mobile technology to support interventions. Her work is supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.
Assistant Professor Ryan Pontier received a Spencer Foundation Conference Grant to host a conference to help emerging Hispanic-serving school districts improve their practices and co-create and sustain meaningful and effective support to educate the next generation of diverse learners.
Assistant Professor Michelle Cumming is leading the IES Early Career Grant Project Pathways to better understand the onset and intensification of behavior and academic problems for middle school students. Understanding the mechanisms of these challenges has significant implications for students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorder.
REAL impacts in education
The FIU STEM Transformation Institute has redesigned the education experience for science, technology, engineering and math, creating a model for the rest of the nation. The White House, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and others have taken interest in our work improving education and creating pathways to careers in STEM.
As part of this effort, the institute has launched an innovative program to increase the number of women pursuing physics degrees. FIU is also fulfilling commitments to produce a new generation of STEM educators through FIUteach, 100Kin10 and other initiatives. We also provide professional development training for K-12 teachers, helping them create more engaging experiences for their students.
Leading in Diversity
The STEM Transformation Institute received a 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, recognizing our efforts to support students from underrepresented groups.
... and in the community
Our faculty and university students are conducting research and leading programs to help teachers, students and families in Miami-Dade County and beyond.
Our Education Outreach K-12 programs - including field trips, labs, expos and virtual programs - provide year-round enrichment and entertainment for students.
FIU After-School All-Stars helps local middle school students succeed in academics and health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff have kept supporting students and their families by distributing gift cards for groceries.
Our experts are offering guidance to parents during the pandemic to help parents and children thrive despite the unique stresses and limitations of this difficult time.