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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 exisiting 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 with to pursue  a principal's certificate via a modified school leadership program. Applicants must hold a master's degree from a regional accredited institution, hold a vaid teachering 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.  Interested applicants should contact the Program Leader for Educational Leadership  (Dr. Jerry Johnson) for more information.

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 additiona official transcripts from all institutions attended, a letter of intent, and a current resume are also required. 

Graduate Certificate in Transformation of Conflict

The Graduate Certificate in Transformation of Conflict seeks to establish a supportive learning community that emphasizes reflection, self knowledge, cross-cultural understanding, nonviolent communication and proactive conflict transformation. Students develop knowledge and skills for understanding and addressing conflict within academic institutions, governments, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, the media, and other professional venues.  The Conflict of Transformation graduate program in interdisciplinary and open to all majors at UNF.

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership and Mentoring

The Certificate in Secondary Teacher Leadership and Mentoring emphasize 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). 

Educator Preparation Institute

The Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) is a ten month, teacher certification program that prepares individuals with non-education degrees to teach in P-12 classrooms. EPI completers are eligible to apply for a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. The EPI curriculum addresses competencies on higher levels of complexity as the program proceeds. Six integrated courses, plus the Florida Reading Competency 2 course, address the statewide EPI curriculum and the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS), and provide instruction in professional knowledge, reading strategies, and exceptional student education (ESE).

The EPI is delivered using a blend of classroom instruction and practical field experience. A central element of the competency-based curriculum provides you with practical information, blended with essential theory and real-life practice, to provide the knowledge and skills that you will need to be a successful classroom teacher.


Required EPI Modules

Course ID

Course Title

 Credit Hours
EPI 001 The Instructional Process: Classroom Management & Assessment

3 credit hours

EPI 002

The Instructional Process: Instructional Strategies

3 credit hours

EPI 003

The Instructional Process: The Teaching and  Learning

3 credit hours

EPI 004

The Teaching Profession: Professional Education

3 credit hours

EPI 005

The Instructional Process: Diversity in the Classroom

3 credit hours

EPI 006

The Instructional Process: Technology

3 credit hours

EPI 007

Florida Reading Competency 2 course

2 credit hours



20 credit hours

(Total Clock hours = 280.  3 credit hour course = 42 clock hours.  1 credit hour = 14 hours.)     

Please note that no courses with the EPI prefix may be taken for credit in a degree program and course information is not included in this catalog. For more information regarding EPI modular descriptions, please contact the Educator Preparation Institute Office.

Field Experience

EPI participants who are employed as teachers fulfill field experience requirements within the context of their classrooms. School-based support teams mentor them and principals confirm mastery of field based competencies in seamless collaboration with the EPI. This design feature provides efficient and effective linkages between EPI instructional modules and classroom experience. 

Participants who are NOT employed as teachers are referred to as Resident Teacher Candidates (RTCs). RTCs are required to complete 60 classroom-based hours and 20 community-based hours to satisfy their field component. The EPI Director arranges placement for each RTC in an EPI Alliance School.

  • The field experience serves as the practical support curriculum for the EPI courses.
  • Community service is an outreach to the community and an opportunity for participants to be involved with a variety of cultures. Their work helps to prepare them to work with the diverse population in their classrooms. The Community Service component is part of the Diversity Module.

Admission to the Program

The EPI is organized as a cohort model, with a new cohort of participants beginning each fall semester. Individuals may begin applying in March for the next available cohort. Applicants must either be P-12 teachers with temporary teaching certificates or hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education.

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