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Applicants must meet minimum requirements for admission to undergraduate programs as established by State of Florida rule and University of North Florida policy.All programs presuppose that students have sufficient academic background to pursue the professional courses provided in the College of Education and Human Services. For specific requirements, refer to programs of study for each major.
The Florida Board of Education requires that applicants for undergraduate teacher education programs meet the admissions requirements stated below to be directly admitted into any undergraduate teacher education program offered by the College of Education and Human Services:
Students not meeting the minimum GPA admissions requirements for the College of Education and Human Services may apply for admission under the College’s Exceptions Policy.An official copy of the GK Test scores must be sent to the Office of Academic Advising in the College of Education and Human Services, Building 57/ Room 1070.Additional information regarding admission and admission by exception is available from the Office of Academic Advising, (904) 620-2530.
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Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Education degree are as follows:
Students progressing toward a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree are required to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.* Note: Middle Grade Math/Science majors must pass the SAE for both Middle Grades Math 5-9 AND Middle Grades Science 5-9.** Not applicable for students who are in programs that do not lead to certification in teaching. A student in a teacher education program who fails to meet the FTCE requirement will not receive a passing grade in internship and will not be eligible to graduate.
Students will be eligible for a State of Florida professional teaching certificate in their specializations if they successfully complete the academic, field/clinical experiences, and professional testing requirements.
The intent of an independent study is to allow a student to pursue a selected topic in greater depth under the direction of a College of Education and Human Services faculty member. Regularly offered courses typically involve classroom interaction and for this reason are not offered as independent studies. Students who qualify for an independent study or need additional information should contact the individual professor. Independent study courses are not available for students enrolled in the pre-kindergarten/primary concentration of elementary education.
The College of Education and Human Services is committed to providing teacher education students with a wide variety of field-based, clinical experiences. Because of this commitment, all teacher education students will participate in at least one urban field experience in the Duval County Public Schools.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 receive background clearance before entering the school. Please note that individual school districts may require clearances even if the student has already received clearance from another district. 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 at (904) 620-3934 for information regarding fingerprinting procedures.
Pre-internship field experiences are required as part of the College’s core for all undergraduate teacher education students, or certification students, seeking to complete an internship experience. These pre-internship field experiences are organized into two two-semester-hour courses, Field Lab I and Field Lab II. Prerequisite and/or corequisite courses must be completed prior to or along with Field Lab I and Field Lab II in all programs of study. Students should consult with an academic advisor to assure that prerequisites are satisfied when enrolling in Field Lab I or Field Lab II. Field Lab I must precede Field Lab II, and the two field courses may not be taken in the same semester. Both pre-internship field courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to internship. Each course is conducted as an inquiry-oriented seminar designed around common problems faced by beginning teachers, and all course experiences and assignments are linked to the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. The courses link theory and practice through the development of a teaching portfolio needed for internship. Each course requires the students to participate in a 50-hour field component. Students should meet with their advisor to plan the semester in which to enroll in each pre-internship field course.It is the responsibility of students enrolling in these courses to apply for field experience placement during the first week of classes, in addition to the completion of formal course enrollment. Students will be assigned to a school site by the Director of Educational Field Experiences. Placement assignments are final and may not be changed. All students must meet the fingerprinting and background check requirements.
Teacher education students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in the College of Education and Human Services must complete an internship as a college requirement. A 2.5 GPA, as well as completion of all prerequisites, program requirements, and critical tasks, is required to enroll in internship. The student should consult the Office of Academic Advising regarding clearance for internship. Interns are assigned to public schools in UNF’s service region to make program supervision possible. Placing an intern requires advanced planning by the College of Education and Human Services and the public schools. For this reason, it is the student’s responsibility to see that application for internship is filed by the fourth Friday of the semester prior to the semester of enrollment for internship (excluding the summer terms).* Placement assignments are final and may not be changed.Because of the heavy responsibilities and commitment involved in internship, a student is not permitted to enroll in any additional courses during the internship period. Any exceptions to this rule must be initiated at the time of application through the Director of Educational Field Experiences and approved by the appropriate department chair and the dean.Successful completion of internship requires fulfillment of all field-based experiences as specified in the College of Education and Human Services “Internship Handbook,” including submission of a professional portfolio constructed according to the specified guidelines and in compliance with the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices for pre-professional educators. An additional requirement of internship is the successful completion of all parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
The Florida Board of Education has established general education requirements applicable to all students enrolled in undergraduate programs leading to teacher certification. These requirements are more substantial than the University’s general education requirements, and exact courses vary by program of study. Students should consult with an advisor to assure compliance with these requirements.*** Internship is not offered in the summer term. Fall term applicants must apply for internship by the 4th week of the previous spring term.** A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in all lower division and prerequisite courses required by the College of Education and Human Services, and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better must be maintained.
UNF students may select the Professional Education Minor offered by the College of Education and Human Services to satisfy the University minor requirements. The Professional Education Minor may meet some of the professional education requirements for alternative teacher certification in Florida. Students are not permitted to earn any grade lower than a “C” and may not have a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.5 in their education coursework. A two-credit, 50-hour field experience in an approved school is included in the minor requirements. Students must complete a background check and fingerprinting prior to beginning field experience course work. Students should consult with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Services to obtain information about teacher certification in Florida.
Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field of study may pursue Florida teacher certification through “Teacher-Certification-Only” (TCO) studies. Please note that all TCO coursework must be taken at the graduate level (i.e., 5000 or 6000 level courses) unless graduate-level courses are not offered. TCO does not lead to the awarding of a degree or certificate. Students interested in TCO should contact the College’s Office of Academic Advising.
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