Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, through teaching, research, and public service, and its commitment to leadership and excellence, strives to enhance the quality of education in its varied forms and settings in Florida, the nation, and the world.
Our programs prepare teachers who can respond conscientiously to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds in order to support them in their learning. Teaching is a moral act. It is moral because, in a macro sense, student achievement and successful school experiences are related economically and ethically to the improvement of social and cultural conditions. Well-taught students grow to become adults who are able to participate fully in our democratic, pluralistic society. In a micro sense, teaching is moral because students’ individual lives are improved as they grow and learn. Teachers must value and be committed to educating and working with all children, regardless of background or ethnicity – a challenging task, especially as the American culture becomes increasingly diverse.The programs and courses of study within this department enable aspiring teachers to demonstrate research-based teaching approaches, to expand their content knowledge in order to help students meet the challenges of the 21st century, to use educational technologies thoughtfully, to value education, and to appreciate the key role of critical thinking and problem solving in all aspects of schooling. 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 and apply in clinical settings.
Teacher Education at UNF is developed around the following constructs:
- Reflection: Teacher reflection utilizes teacher beliefs as the mechanism to understand and, importantly, improve their professional decision-making.
- Inquiry: The overriding goal of teacher inquiry is improved and more-informed practical classroom decisions to better meet the needs and interests of learners.
- Social Justice Education: Social justice education attempts to reallocate educational resources (from courses to staffing) by taking into account the pre-existing inequities in society (such as racism, sexism, ableism, colonization and other forms of oppression).
- Collaboration: Collaboration is the direct interaction between at least two coequal parties voluntarily engaged in an interactive process, using shared decision making, rules, norms and structures as they work toward a common goal.
- The Whole Learner: The idea of whole learning is that students learn from cooperation and collaborative learning and the instruction should be student focused not information focused (Frick, 1995).
While the department has specific prerequisite courses, students are expected to be able to demonstrate communication skills throughout the program. Further, students are expected to demonstrate behaviors and dispositions commensurate with established standards for professional educators, including the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. The following are specific admission requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of 60 semester hours of credit from UNF or other regionally accredited institution(s). An Associate in Arts Degree (AA) from one of Florida's public community/state colleges or SUS schools satisfies General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.
- A minimum of a C grade in all lower and upper level classes required for the major. This requirement includes all General Education and the prerequisite course, EDF1005 Intro to the Teaching Profession, (EDFX005 can be used as a substitute for EDF1005).
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 or better in all college level course work.
- Passing scores (no exemptions) on all four parts of the Florida General Knowledge (GK) Test. Transferring students, students changing majors, or students who have not presented passing scores on all four parts of the GK exam will not be permitted to enroll in any upper level education courses until they have been admitted into COEHS Teacher Preparation Programs.
- Professional education minors may enroll in the specified upper level education courses with the approval of a COEHS academic advisor.
Students not meeting the minimum admissions requirements for the College of Education and Human Services may apply for admission under the College's Exceptions Policy.
The State of Florida mandates certification requirements for teachers. Students should see their academic advisors frequently to obtain appropriate advisement for current certification requirements.
Programs of Study
The Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum houses the following programs.
Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree Programs
- Early Childhood Education Program which has two concentrations
- Early Childhood Development
- PreK-Primary Licensure (leads to age 3 to grade 3 teacher certification)
- Elementary Education (K-6) Program
- Biology Education (6-12) Program
- Chemistry Education (6-12) Program
- English Education (6-12) Program
- Mathematics Education (6-12) Program
- Middle School Education: Mathematics and Science Program
- Physics Education (6-12) Program
- Social Studies Education (6-12) Program
Master’s degree Programs
- Master of Education in Elementary Education with the following concentrations:
- Advanced Reading Instruction
- Elementary STEM
- Reading and Literary for Reading Endorsement
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Teaching the Whole Child
- Master of Early Childhood Educational Leadership
- Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education)
The Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum graduate programs assist learners in developing personal and professional competencies needed for successful instruction in today’s schools. 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 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 of instruction.
Category II - Master’s Degree Programs for Uncertified Post-baccalaureate Students
These programs are for graduate students who do not hold professional teaching certificates but who wish to obtain a Master of Education degree.
Category III - Non-degree Studies that Lead to a 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 related field, is required to pursue the certificates. It should be noted that traditional types of financial aid are not available for certificate programs.
General Admission requirements:
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher in all course work attempted as an upper division student, normally the 60 semester hours taken during their final two years of baccalaureate study, or
- An earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. Institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
Master of Education Elementary Education
- Requirements include a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study,
- A copy of a valid Florida Teaching Certificate or Statement of Eligibility and
- Three letters of recommendation
Individuals not meeting the admission requirements stated above may be considered for admission under UNF's Exceptions Policy. Contact the Office of Academic Advising for more information on admission by exceptions.Certificate Programs
- Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education
- Graduate Certificate in TESOL
- The Whole Child Graduate Certificate
- Teacher Leadership and Mentoring Graduate Certificate
- Graduate Certificate in Elementary STEM Education
- Graduate Certificate in Reading and Advanced Literacy
The department offers minors in the following areas:
- Early Childhood
- Professional Education
Department of Childhood Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Faculty
Paul Parkison, Ph.D., Chair, Associate Professor
Carolyne Ali-Khan, Associate Professor
Lindsay Allen, Instructor
Stacy Boote, Associate Professor
Richard H. Chant, Associate Professor
Kim Cheek, Associate Professor
Brooke Cobbin, Instructor
Jeffrey W. Cornett, Associate Professor
Daniel Dinsmore, Associate Professor
Terrie Galanti, Assistant Professor
Katrina Hall, Associate Professor
Jeania Jones, Instructor
Dilek Kayaalp, Assistant Professor
Soonhyang Kim, Assistant Professor
Tia Kimball, Instructor
Meghan Parkinson, Assistant Professor
Mario Pickens, Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Rozas, Assistant Professor
Otilia L. Salmon, Associate Professor
Georgia Smith-Miller, Instructor
Nile Stanley, Associate Professor
Madalina Tanase, Associate Professor
Christine Weber, Professor