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Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL

Bachelor of Arts in Education

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The Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL's (CELT) mission is to train knowledgeable teachers and related professionals who are effective in creatively meeting the needs of pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade children in a range of school and community settings including a focus on working in urban schools. The department is committed to developing professional educators who are guided by rigorous standards-based curriculum, and who are innovative, technologically savvy, reflective, ethical, and culturally responsive. The department prides itself in working closely with its public school and community partners to provide pre-service teachers with a range of supervised field experiences which offer opportunities for authentic learning, critical thinking, research, and service.
The Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL offers undergraduate programs in the following areas:
 The Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL (CELT) 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 CELT 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 prerequisite coursework. Additionally, an overall GPA of 2.5 and passing scores on all parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) are 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.

The Department of Childhood, Literacy and TESOL is also offering a minor in Early Childhood Education.

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Master of Education in Elementary Education

The Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL's graduate programs assist learners in developing personal and professional competencies needed for successful instruction in today’s public 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. The areas of M.Ed. in Elementary Education include the concentrations of P-12 TESOL and Literacy.

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. The areas of the M.Ed. in Education include the concentration of the Professional Education and P-12 TESOL with various options of specialization including: Early Childhood, Prekindergarten/Primary, Elementary, Technology, and Literacy. 

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.

The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECE) emphasizes the professional preparation of students at the graduate levels for a range of careers in early childhood education (children ages 0-8) within diverse community contexts. The completion of six Early Childhood Education graduate courses provides preparation for working with young children and their families and communities. This program prepares candidates for a highly specialized role and offers a dynamic combination of state-of-the-art theoretical courses and practical application of learning in field education.

The Graduate Certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides students with advanced knowledge in the education of ELLs (English Language Learners) of any age. The completion of six TESOL graduate courses awards a candidate a TESOL certificate from the University of North Florida, and qualifies a candidate to apply for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement to be added on his/her existing Florida teacher's certificate. Coursework covers the ESOL domains of linguistics, assessment, culture, methods, and curriculum. 

Admission requirements:
1. 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
2. An earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. Institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

Additional requirements:
Master of Education Elementary Education/Professional Education
1. Requirements include a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study, and
2.Three letters of recommendation

Master of Education Elementary Education/Literacy
1. Requirements include 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
2. A copy of a valid Florida Teaching Certificate or Statement of Eligibility
3. Three letters of recommendation

Master of Education Elementary Education/TESOL
1. Letter/statement of intent

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.

Department of Childhood Education, Literacy and TESOL Faculty

Paul Parkison, Ph.D., Chair, Associate Professor


Nile Stanley, Associate Professor
Christine Weber,  Professor
Katrina Hall, Associate Professor
Lunetta Williams,  Professor
Kim Cheek, Associate Professor
Kim Soonhyang, Assistant Professor
Christian Winterbottom, Assistant Professor
Stacy Boote, Associate Professor
Tia Kimball, Instructor 


Christine Weber, Ph.D.,  Professor 
Katrina Hall, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Lunetta Williams,Ph.D.,  Professor
Stacy Boote, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Kim Cheek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Kim Soonhyang, Assistant Professor
Christian Winterbottom, Assistant Professor