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The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECE) emphasizes the professional preparation of students at the graduate levels for a range of careers in early childhood education (children 0-8) within diverse community contexts. The completion of six Early Childhood Education graduate courses provides preparation for working with young children and their families and communities. This program prepares candidates for a highly specialized role and offers a dynamic combination of state-of-the-art theoretical courses and practical application of learning in field education. Note: Traditional forms of Financial Aid are not applicable to this certificate program.
The Graduate Certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides students with advanced knowledge in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) of any age. The completion of six graduate TESOL graduate courses awards a candidate a TESOL certificate from the University of North Florida, and qualifies a candidate to apply for the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement to be added to his/her exisiting Florida teacher's certificate. Coursework covers the ESOL domains of linguistics, assessment, culture, methods, and curriculum. Note: Traditional forms of Financial Aid are not applicable to this certificate program.
The Educator Preparation Institute is a ten month, teacher certification program that prepares individuals with non-education degrees to teach in P-12 classrooms. EPI completers are eligible to apply for a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. The EPI curriculum addresses competencies on higher levels of complexity as the program proceeds. Six integrated courses, plus the Florida Reading Competency 2 course, address the statewide EPI curriculum and the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS), and provide instruction in professional knowledge, reading strategies, and exceptional student education (ESE).
The EPI is delivered using a blend of classroom instruction and practical field experience. A central element of the competency-based curriculum provides you with practical information, belnded with essential theory and real-life practice, to provide the knowledge and skills that you will need to be a successful classroom teacher.
Required EPI Modules
3 credit hours
The Instructional Process: Instructional Strategies
The Instructional Process: The Teaching and Learning Process
The Teaching Profession: Professional Education
The Instructional Process: Diversity in the Classroom
The Instructional Process: Technology
Florida Reading Competency 2 course
2 credit hours
20 credit hours
(Total Clock hours = 280. 3 credit hour course = 42 clock hours. 1 credit hour = 14 hours.)
Please note that no courses with the EPI prefix may be taken for credit in a degree program and course information is not included in this catalog. For more information regarding EPI modular descriptions, please contact the Educator Preparation Institute Office.
EPI participants who are employed as teachers fulfill field experience requirements within the context of their classrooms. School-based support teams mentor them and principals confirm mastery of field based competencies in seamless collaboration with the EPI. This design feature provides efficient and effective linkages between EPI instructional modules and classroom experience.
Participants who are NOT employed as teachers are referred to as Resident Teacher Candidates (RTCs). RTCs are required to complete 60 classroom-based hours and 20 community-based hours to satisfy their field component. The EPI Director arranges placement for each RTC in an EPI Alliance School.
The EPI is organized as a cohort model, with a new cohort of participants beginning each fall semester. Individuals may begin applying in March for the next available cohort. Applicants must either be P-12 teachers with temporary teaching certificates or hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education.
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