Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL



The CELT faculty and staff educate and inspire undergraduate and graduate students to become reflective leaders in diverse educational settings. We prepare and empower students while researching and modeling dynamic learning strategies that students implement in authentic field experiences. Faculty and students collaborate with local and global partners to impact curriculum design, teaching and learning.



The Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESL offers a globally recognized program that prepares innovative, scholarly, and culturally responsive educators who impact and inspire diverse learning communities worldwide.





Bachelor of Arts
in Education



Early Childhood Development
 Elementary Education (grades K - 6)
Pre-K / Primary Education (age 3 - grade 3)


Minor in Early Childhood Education 

My Osprey Map (Course Sequence Guide)



 Master of Education

Elementary Education / Literacy  

Elementary Education / Professional Education 

Elementary Education / TESOL  

Early Childhood Education


The department has as its objectives the development of specified competencies needed for effective classroom performance. Laboratory and field experiences of increasing complexity are required and are correlated with theoretical components, providing an opportunity to apply information gathered in the program. Instructional techniques used by the department faculty will include those methods the students are expected to learn.

While the Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL has specific prerequisite courses, students are expected to be able to demonstrate communication skills throughout the program. In addition to this, students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of learning in mathematics, science, and social sciences within appropriate parts of the program. Further, students are expected to demonstrate behaviors and dispositions commensurate with established standards for professional educators, including the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.

Persons seeking certification to teach in schools should follow the prescribed admission requirements for the College of Education and Human Services. A grade of “C” or better is required of all upper- and lower-level courses in order for those courses to be applicable to the program of study or used as prerequisites. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.5 is required for graduation.

The State of Florida mandates certification requirements for teachers. Students should see their academic advisors frequently to obtain appropriate advisement for current certification requirements.