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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, however, have created a continuing demand for educators and other professionals who are equipped to make an impact on the children and adults with whom they work. To help meet this demand, the College continues to expand its programs. Students may now choose from career paths in general or special education with teaching options in school settings from pre-Kindergarten through secondary. Many of our field placements are located in challenged urban schools. The College also has degree options for individuals interested in careers in sport management and sign language 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 that focus 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 the accountability of program graduates, the College requires all students pursuing degrees leading to teacher certification to complete a series of “critical performance tasks.” These tasks, which are embedded within the coursework in each academic program, assure that program graduates possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to be competent as an educator in the state of Florida. Records of student performance on critical tasks are maintained by the College and reviewed regularly by faculty, advisors and administrators when making important decisions about students’ progression through their programs of study.
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 2012 reporting period, 100 percent of UNF students who completed the teacher education program obtained passing scores on the general knowledge portion of the FTCE. Pass rates on the professional knowledge and subject area portions of the FTCE were 100 percent and 100 percent, respectively.
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The College of Education and Human Services offers majors in elementary education (K-6); pre-kindergarten through primary grades (age 3 through grade 3); K-12 physical education; middle school (grades 5-9) mathematics/science education; sport management; K-12 programs in art; secondary specializations in selected majors in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences; and exceptional student education, (K-12) including Deaf education and American sign language English interpreting.
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The COSMA Accredited Sport Management program is reflective of the fast-paced and growing sports industry across the country. The program of study provides an academic foundation in sports management for application in a variety of sports settings. Of further significance is that students receive valuable employment training though practicum and internship experiences in chosen settings including: college recreation or athletic programs, community recreation agencies, sport organizations or business, sport facilities, and professional sports teams. Students interested in this degree program should contact Program Coordinator, Dr. Kristi Sweeney, or an academic advisor in the College of Education and Human Services.
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Students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Services education degree programs must complete an undergraduate core curriculum, including two semester-long field laboratory courses. The undergraduate core for teacher preparation programs is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills and professional practices essential for all educational personnel and fulfill Florida Department of Education certification requirements. The undergraduate core builds teacher knowledge and skills in the following areas: learning theories, curriculum, methods, classroom management, communication, and assessment.
Core courses for teacher preparation programs:*
*Note: Not all teacher preparation programs require all courses in this list; however, all core course objectives are addressed in all programs either via core course work or other components of the program of study.
** Field Laboratory Experience I must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in Field Laboratory Experience II. Field Laboratory Experience II is taken concurrently with specified methods courses. Field Laboratory Experience I and II have a 50-hour clinical component. Fingerprinting and background checks are required prior to placement.
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