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Applicants must meet minimum requirements for admission to graduate programs as established by the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Colleges and Universities and the University of North Florida. Individual programs in the College have established admissions criteria beyond the minimum requirements. All applicants seeking admission to master’s programs in the College should meet with an academic advisor prior to admission. Contact the Office of Academic Advising at (904) 620-2530 for additional information.
Master’s programs range from a minimum of 36 hours to 60 hours (exclusive of prerequisites). Most master’s students are required to take two core courses regardless of program of study pursued. Specific master’s degree programs may require additional core courses for all students in the given program. Each student will be expected to demonstrate satisfactory performance on all elements of the core and major requirements. Although minimum requirements for the degree programs have been established, actual requirements differ in each of the program areas. Wherever possible, flexibility has been maintained. Individual programs of study are developed in terms of the student’s competency level and career goals.
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Minimum criteria for admission to the program are the following:
Applicants will be asked to submit transcripts of previous college work, including evidence of completion of a master's degree; writing samples; and acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students are expected to receive a score of 153 on the verbal portion of the GRE and a 144 on the quantitative portion of the GRE. . International applicants must also submit a TOEFL score if they do not hold an academic degree from an English-speaking institution as well as a foreign credential evaluation from an approved NACES agency. Note: All applications, transcripts, test scores, and supporting documents must be sent directly to The Graduate School, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224.
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In addition to the University requirements for graduate admissions, the following items must be submitted to The Graduate School for consideration for admission to Master of Education programs:
Students who fail to meet the College of Education and Human Services or special program/department requirements for admission may request a review of their qualifications by a program/department review committee and the dean of the College. Such requests must be in writing and include supporting evidence. These students may apply for consideration under the UNF/College exceptions policy. Contact the Office of Academic Advising, (904) 620-2530, for more information.
K-12 and Secondary Education
Counselor Education: School Counseling Concentration
Educational Leadership: School Leadership for Florida Administrator Certification
Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field of study may pursue teacher certification by completing “Teacher-Certification-Only” (TCO)or the Educatoar Preparation Institute (EPI). All TCO coursework must be taken at the graduate level (i.e., 5000 and 6000 level courses) unless graduate-level courses are not offered. Enrollment of TCO students in undergraduate courses requires approval of an advisor and/or the appropriate department chair. TCO students must meet all criteria for admission to the College’s undergraduate teacher education programs. TCO and EPI completion does not lead to the awarding of a degree. Students interested in TCO or the EPI program should contact the College’s Office of Academic Advising at (904) 620-2530 for more information.
A minimum of 36 credits must be included in a master’s degree program. No less than 60 percent of the total graduate hours must be at the 6000-level. At least fifty percent of the course work must be taken in the College of Education and Human Services. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years after being admitted to the program.
Course work taken on campus, online through a UNF distance learning program or class, or through an off-campus cohort program is considered in-residence study for degree purposes, assuming the student is a fully admitted graduate student. At least 24 hours must be completed in residency.
Fingerprinting is required for students enrolled in the School Counseling master's degree and the initial certification ESE K-12 programs. Florida state law requires that all persons engaging in any type of work with children at schools must be fingerprinted and cleared through official school district procedures. Students are advised that noncompliance with fingerprinting requirements or failure to receive clearance will result in the inability to complete course and program requirements. Contact the Office of Educational Field Experiences (904/620-3934) for information regarding fingerprinting procedures.
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