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How does your gift inspire the future? 

Our faculty are committed to engaging students firsthand in their leading-edge research. From intense early literacy projects to partnerships with agencies and community colleges, faculty and students together serve as a resource to the community.

Success in the future resides in what we do today with our youth. UNF has gained national prominence for its preparation of teachers, counselors and administrators - most of whom remain right here, bringing hope and strength to our community.

Scholarships: $225,000

The sport management program needs scholarship funding to support financially struggling students.

Graduate Fellowships: $900,000

To enable working professionals to continue advanced study, fellowships are needed for our master’s and doctoral programs in education. Fellowships are needed to address a critical shortage of instructors in exceptional student and deaf education and to encourage principals to assume higher levels of leadership.

Faculty Chairs and Professorships: $2 million

An endowed chair for leadership and mentoring will help UNF recruit a strong scholar who can provide area school districts with top quality professional development.

Professorships provide research funding that help recruit and retain high-level faculty. Additional professors are needed to support research and practice in childhood, foundations and secondary, urban, exceptional and deaf education, as well as gifted programs and sport management. 

Academic Enhancements: $3.5 million

 Education-kidsFunding is needed for several programs that directly impact the community’s needs. This will help address the shortage of math and science teachers in Florida, reduce the teacher turnover rate and improve the quality of instruction. In addition, private support will enhance sport management programs, provide training to school counselors, bolster research in gifted education and explore factors that help qualified individuals prepare for second careers as teachers.

Support for the Academy for Excellence in Teaching, Educator Preparation Institute,  the deaf education program and math and science training initiatives will enhance the knowledge base, outreach and research efforts of these vital programs. 

Funding is also needed for annual College needs including student study abroad programs that help students gain a greater understanding of diverse cultures.

Facilities: $300,000

Funding is needed to equip the College’s new building.

Our nationally recognized programs are made possible by donor support:

A nationally renowned program of field experiences in urban schools prepares new teachers and administrators for some of education’s greatest challenges - challenges they will face right here in Jacksonville. UNF’s partnership program with local schools has been recognized as one of the best in the country. COEHS-drawing

Approximately 500 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students graduate from the College of Education and Human Services each year, most to serve in North Florida. However, it’s not simply that UNF is the largest provider of teachers, principals and counselors to Northeast Florida’s schools. It’s that these individuals truly make a difference, consistently being named regional Teachers of the Year and recognized with national honors. Additionally,  four of the five Florida public school guidance programs that have received a national excellence rating by the National Association of School Counselors are staffed by UNF alumni.

The College is proactive in meeting community needs as it expands its programs in educator preparation, sport management and other human service areas. It is developing more graduate programs in literacy education, educational technology leadership, school counseling, special education, substance abuse counseling and sport management.

To address the state’s critical teacher shortage, College faculty have created an Educator Preparation Institute to prepare and certify those entering teaching from another career. More than 100 students are participating in this innovative new program. The College has also developed an education minor to attract students majoring in other areas.


 Education-girlsBachelor’s and master's degree programs in American sign language interpreting prepares American Sign Language interpreters to serve in hospitals, corporations and organizations that work with the aging. UNF’s innovative interpreter education program is unique within the state.

The College’s sport management program has grown to more than 200 students in just six years. It plays a vital role in preparing professionals for an industry integral to North Florida’s lifestyle and economy.

High standards make excellent teachers. UNF offers the only nationally accredited teacher education program in Northeast Florida. The College's new building was specifically designed to accommodate and nuture the growing number of students who are drawn by the quality of our community-based programs.

“UNF has partnered with urban schools and brought real hope. Student achievement and staff stability have increased, and students are engaged and focused. Every day I am in the classroom, I can see how my work helps influence the lives of children who face challenges that many of us could never imagine.”

- Zachary Champagne, UNF alum
and teacher at Mandarin Oaks
Elementary School