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Catalog 2013-2014
College of Education and Human Services
 

College of Education and Human Services Graduate Degrees

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The College of Education and Human Services has long valued its role in the preparation of school and human services professionals. The ever-broadening, increasingly diverse needs of society have created a continuing demand not only for qualified educators, but also for other professionals who are equipped to make an impact on children and adults with whom they work. Graduate students may choose from specialization concentrations in educational leadership, counselor education, elementary education and special education, or seek certification for teaching options in school settings from pre-kindergarten to secondary levels. Many of our field placements are in challenged urban schools. The College also has degree options for individuals interested in athletic administration and American sign language English interpreting.

The College envisions its faculty and students as active leaders and responsive partners in the study and enhancement of teaching and learning within diverse learning communities. In the same vein, the College’s mission is to prepare and renew professionals who are equipped to live in pluralistic societies, capable of creating learning communities which impact on continued improvement of the teaching and learning process. Emphasis is placed on application of theory to practice, with nearby schools and agencies serving as laboratories for learning.

Consistent with its commitment to accountability and to the success of graduate students during their time of matriculation, the College requires that students in all graduate programs be assessed at various transition points during their programs of study. At each transition point, faculty utilize specific data on student progress to make important decisions about continuation in the program. Transition point assessments are interspersed throughout a student’s program and include measures such as formal evaluation of admission criteria; individual course assessments; formal faculty review of student performance at particular intervals within a program; program-required examinations, theses, or dissertations; completion of capstone courses; and formal review of student progress at the time of program completion. Information about transition points used within any particular program of study may be obtained by contacting the department office in which the program is offered.

In accordance with the Federal Higher Education Act (HEA), the College of Education and Human Services keeps annual records of the success of teacher education candidates on a series of state assessments known as the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE). HEA provisions require that these data, along with the institution’s ranking among the other institutions with teacher education programs in the state, be made available in institutional catalogs. For the year 2010 reporting period, 100 percent of students who completed UNF’s teacher education programs obtained acceptable scores on all portions of the FTCE. 

Within each major, one or more concentrations exist that enable students to design a strong professional program of study tailored to the candidate’s specific goals.

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Master's Degree Program

The programs leading to the Master of Education degree have as their primary objective the preparation of educators and human services professionals. Master’s programs are offered in educational leadership school leadership/administrator certification as well as concentrations in higher education administration, advanced teaching and learning, educational technology leadership and athletic administration; elementary education with concentrations in professional education, literacy and TESOL as well as graduate certificates in early childhood and TESOL; secondary education with a professional education concentration; special education with deaf education, disability services, applied behavior analysis, autism, and exceptional student education concentrations,  a Master of Science degree in ASL/English interpreting; and the Master of Education in counselor education (school counseling concentration).

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Master of Education Degree Program

For a major in the Department of Childhood Education and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, graduate students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. Master of Education programs are available in elementary, secondary, middle school, and P-12 certification areas.

Advanced study options are available for students who wish to pursue indepth study in a particular interest area.  Advanced study options do not lead to initial teacher certification. The number of credit hours needed for advanced study options depends on the certification requirements of a given area and the student’s prior degrees and certifications. Some advanced study programs may exceed 36 credit hours.

Except where noted, all credit hours are to be earned at the graduate level. Students are reminded that course validation requires a demonstration of current knowledge of the course’s goals and objectives. Initial certification is limited to specific approved programs and may require significantly more credit hours in order to fulfill accreditation requirements. 

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Master of Education in Elementary Education

The mission of the Department of Childhood Education Literacy and TESOL is to assist learners in developing personal and professional competencies needed for successful instruction in today’s public schools and community settings.. This goal is achieved through programs emphasizing individually meaningful instruction, the use of innovative materials, and the application of theoretical concepts in clinical experiences.

The department offers a wide array of graduate studies for teachers and other educational professionals. In meeting those diverse needs, the department offers three categories of studies at the graduate level. 


Category I - Master’s Degree Programs for Teachers with Professional Certificates
Programs for certificated teachers who desire to extend their professional skills and knowledge leading to the awarding of a master of education degree are the primary means for pursuing graduate study within the department. The central mission of these programs is to extend and enhance the instructional expertise of the professional teacher. These programs make provisions for "add-on" endorsements to the initial teaching certificate and expand the teacher's certified areas on instruction.  The areas of M.Ed. in Elementary Education include the concentrations of TESOL and Literacy.

Category II - Master’s Degree Programs for Uncertified Post-baccalaureate Students These programs are for graduate students who either do or do not hold professional teaching certificates but who wish to obtain a master of education degree. The areas of the M.Ed. in Elementary Education include the concentration of TESOL and  Professional Education with various options of cognates including: prekindergarten/primary, Elementary, and Literacy. 

Category III - Non-degree Studies that Lead to Certificate
These studies are content focused programs that lead to certificates awarded by the University of North Florida. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, either in education or a non-education field is required to purse the certificate. Current certificate programs are available in TESOL and Early Childhood Education.  It should be noted that certificate programs are considered post-baccalaurate programs and therefore are not eligible for traditional financial aid programs.

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Master of Education in Secondary Education

The mission of the department is to assist learners in developing personal and professional competencies needed for successful instruction in middle, secondary, and postsecondary educational settings. This goal is achieved through programs emphasizing individually meaningful instruction, the use of innovative materials, and the application of theoretical concepts in laboratory and clinical experiences. The department offers a wide array of graduate studies for teachers and other educational professionals. In meeting those diverse needs, the division offers four categories of studies at the graduate level. 


Category I - Master’s Degree Programs for Teachers with Professional Certificates
Programs for certificated teachers that extend professional skills and knowledge and lead to the awarding of a Master of Education degree are the primary means for pursuing graduate study within the department. The central mission of these programs is to extend and enhance the instructional expertise of the professional teacher. These programs make provisions for “add-on” endorsements to the initial teaching certificate and expand the teacher’s licensed areas of instruction. It should be noted that admission into this degree program is currently on hold.

Category II - Non-degree Studies that Lead to State Teacher Education Certification These studies are highly individualized course-by-course sequences that approximate the minimal standards required for certification through the Florida Department of Education. A baccalaureate degree is required to pursue course-by-course certification. All undergraduate requirements for admission apply for an individual to qualify as an active “teacher certification only” (TCO) candidate. Course-by-course certification can be achieved for both initial certification and add-on endorsements to a current valid teaching certificate. Because course-by-course certification is determined by current state requirements and not as a result of successful completion of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's state approved teacher preparation program, actual requirements can and do change frequently. The COEHS Office of Academic Advising, (904) 620-2530, has current information regarding certification requirements. It is important for the student to understand that teacher certification is granted by the Florida Department of Education and not from the University of North Florida.

Category IV - Non-Degree Studies for Professional Development and Enrichment
The college recognizes the on-going need for educational advancement of teachers. The department provides opportunities for non-degree avenues of study for experienced teachers for professional  certificate renewal as well as post-master’s-degree course of study. These opportunities are highly variable and can be customized in a variety of ways. Individuals may enroll in courses of interest or an entire school staff may request a specific course by an instructor who is sent to the school site for weekly instruction. Inquire for current possibilities by contacting the Office of Academic Advising in the College of Education and Human Services, (904) 620-2530.

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Master of Education in Special Education

The graduate program in special education prepares graduate students to assume positions as professional practitioners who work with exceptional individuals. The majority of these practitioners become teachers in self-contained classes or resource rooms, while others serve in positions such as consulting teacher, behavior analyst, parent-infant specialist, or American sign language English interpreter. Practitioners may serve individuals with special needs ranging from preschool through adulthood. Additionally they may work with the families of individuals with special needs.

The graduate special education program offers five concentrations. The first concentration in exceptional student education is for students working toward initial state certification in special education. The second concentration is for students working toward initial certification in deaf education (currently on hold). The third option is a concentration in disability services designed for students interested in serving individuals with disabilities in general education classes or non-educational settings. The fourth concentration is for students interested in specialization in applied behavior analysis, and the fifth concentration is in the area of autism while a Master of Science degree is also offered in ASL/English Interpreting.

Majors in special education consist of a minimum of 36 credits of graduate study. An individually designed program of study for each student is developed by the student in collaboration with his or her faculty advisor.

Admission into the special education graduate program requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0. In addition, scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required. If the applicant's undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0, a minimum score of 153 on the verbal portion and 144 on the quantitative portion of the GRE is required. Students not meeting minimum criteria for admission may be considered for admission under the UNF/College exceptions policy. The program makes special provisions for admitting students with disabilities. Admission also requires the submission of three letters of recommendation.

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.

All students enrolled in College of Education and Human Services courses that require a field or clinical component and/or are taught at a school site are mandated by state law to be fingerprinted and cleared prior to being permitted on elementary and secondary school campuses. Students should be aware that noncompliance with fingerprinting requirements will result in the inability to complete course requirements. Contact the Office of Educational Field Experiences, (904) 620-3934, for information regarding fingerprinting procedures.

Special Education Concentrations

Exceptional Student Education ConcentrationThe Exceptional Student Education concentration is designed for those students seeking initial certification as teachers of students with exceptionalities.  The program of study is designed to offer graduate students the preparation needed for Florida state certification in exceptional student education, K-12.  

Disability Services ConcentrationThe disability services concentration in special education is available for professionals who serve individuals with disabilities in special and general education and in settings other than schools. This concentration allows individuals to pursue graduate study in special education and in various cognate areas in education but does not lead to teacher certification. The program of study consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours and is individually designed.

Deaf Education ConcentrationThe Deaf Education concentration is designed for those students seeking initial certification as teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  the program of study is designed to offer graduate students the preparation needed for Florida state certification in Deaf Education, K-12. Students who have completed their undergraduate degree in Deaf Studies at UNF have already met the "pre-requisite "course requirements.

Applied Behavior Analysis ConcentrationThe Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA) concentration is designed to prepare individuals to assume positions as professional clinical practitioners who work with exceptional individuals and are interested in behavioral assessment and appropriate interventions and in preparing for the BCBA or BCABA examinations.

*Autism Concentration The Autism Concentration is deigned to prepare individuals to work with individuals to provide educational services to children with the Autism spectrum disorder. This particular concentration is included as part of the colleges online program through academic partnerships.

ASL/English Interpreting ConcentrationThe ASL/English Interpreting master's degree is a Master of Science degree with concentrations in interpreting and pedagogy and is designed for those students seeking advanced preparation as sign language interpreters or instructors. The University of North Florida's interpreting programs are committed to upholding the National Interpreter Educational Standards as formulated by the Conference of Interpreter Trainers. The new master's degree concentration is offered in a distance-friendly modality with online, three weekend-per-semester/online, and a five day summer session/online formats to accommodate students who do not live in northeast Florida.  The program is developed in accord with current spoken and signed language research and target interpreters who aspire to become nationally certified.

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Doctoral Program

The college offers a program of advanced graduate study leading to a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership. The program includes course work in specific areas of study, and requires satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination and completion of a dissertation. Students are admitted to a doctoral cohort who complete the majority of their course work together. Admissions requirements and a description of the program of study are included below. Applicants seeking admission to the doctoral program should contact the Department of Leadership, Counseling and Instructional Technology at (904) 620-2990.

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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Special provisions regarding admissions, programs of study, and graduation related to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership are described later in this section. For more information about the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, please contact the Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership, Counseling, and Instructional Technology at (904) 620-2990. 

The interdisciplinary Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program supports the development of educational leaders, with a focus on providing the knowledge, vision, and commitment to the improvement of education through a variety of leadership roles.  The program draws on the expertise of faculty from a number of departments and other instructional resources of the University.

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