What is Minority Programs in Education?

Minority Programs in Education was established in 1990 by the University of Central Florida's College of Education in an effort to recruit, retain, and induct more minorities into the field of education. The Minority Programs in Education (MPIE) office is a "home" for future educators providing emotional support, financial assistance, and opportunities for professional development. Upon completion of the program, the successful participant will be equipped with the knowledge and professionalism necessary not only to succeed in education but also to become a leader in the field and the community.

Teaching, why me?

The need for teachers of color in the United States has reached critical proportions. In 1970, teachers of color composed only 12% of our country's teachers. That percentage has been steadily declining, and according to some estimates, it may drop to 5% by the year 2000. The quality, diversity, and cultural sensitivity of teachers help create schools that reflect the values of our pluralistic society.

Program Objectives

  • Recruit and retain minority students interested in careers in teaching.
  • Promote academic excellence and foster professional development.
  • Facilitate academic and professional enrichment of minorities.
  • Assist in job placement.
  • Encourage community involvement and commitment.
  • Scholarship Requirements

  • Be a minority student: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, or Native-American interested in a career in teacher education
  • Students must be admitted to UCF as a degree-seeking student
  • Have acceptable test scores: SAT-950, ACT-20, Pass at least 3 of the 4 sections of the CLAST
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • File an application for the program
  • Complete a successful interview with the Application Review Committee
  • For more information:

    University of Central Florida
    College of Education
    Education Complex--161
    Orlando, FL 32816
    (407) 823-0184 or (407) 823-6231
    Fax (407) 823-3728
    E-mail rmccloud@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu