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College of Education and Human Services Graduate Certificates

Additional Information on Graduate Certificate Programs in the College of Education and Human Services

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education

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 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. Note:  Traditional forms of Financial Aid are not applicable to this certificate program.

Graduate Certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Graduate Certificate in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides students with advanced knowledge in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) of any age. The completion of six graduate TESOL graduate courses awards a candidate a TESOL certificate from the University of North Florida and qualifies a candidate to apply for the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement to be added to his/her existing Florida teacher's certificate. Coursework covers the ESOL domains of linguistics, assessment, culture, methods, and curriculum. Note: Traditional forms of Financial Aid are not applicable to this certificate program.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership/School Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership is open to certified teachers already holding a master's degree in another area but wish to pursue  a principal's certificate via a modified school leadership program. Applicants must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, hold a valid teaching certificate issued by the state of Florida and must demonstrate prior successful completion of graduate work in courses including (1) educational research, (2) social foundations of education, and (3) educational technology (or will be required to complete appropriate courses as part of the program.  Students must pass all parts of the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE) prior to completing the program.

Graduate Certificate in Sport Management

The Sports Management Graduate Certificate program aims to prepare individuals seeking opportunities for employment in the fast-paced and growing sports industry. The program provides an academic foundation in sports management for application in a variety of sport settings including intercollegiate athletic programs, college recreation, community recreation agencies, sport organizations or business, sport facilities, and professional sports teams.  A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study is required. In addition official transcripts from all institutions attended, a letter of intent, and a current resume are also required. 

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership and Mentoring

The Certificate in Secondary Teacher Leadership and Mentoring emphasizes the professional development of middle and high school teachers at the graduate level as teacher mentors. Completion of this certificate will prepare in-service teachers to become effective clinical mentors to support in-service novice colleagues. The program prepares candidates who desire to become successful teacher-leaders and mentors or district teacher coaches by integrating core UNF teacher education theories (e.g., explicit analysis of practice through personal practical theorizing, facilitation of research-supported teaching practices) and secondary classroom practices (e.g., accountability measures, top-down models of curriculum development).

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