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Teacher education programs in the department prepare teachers who will impact the learning of and actively respond to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. The programs enable pre-service teachers to demonstrate research-based pedagogical practices, to expand their content knowledge in order to help students meet the challenges of the 21st century, to use educational technologies thoughtfully, and to appreciate the role of critical thinking in education.The Department of Foundations and Secondary Education offers undergraduate programs in the following areas:
Middle School Education, with a concentration in:
Secondary Education, with majors in:
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 division faculty will be those methods the students are expected to learn.Whereas the department has formulated specific lists of prerequisite courses, all students are expected to be able to demonstrate basic skills in communication throughout the program. Further, students are expected to demonstrate behaviors, attitudes, 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. Obtaining passing scores on all parts of the General Knowledge (GK) test and grades of “C” or better in all course work applicable to their program of study and/or used as prerequisites. Additionally, an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission and must be maintained throughout their program leading to graduation. Passing scores on all parts of the FTCE are required for graduation.
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The mission of the department is to assist learners in developing personal and professional competencies needed for successful instruction in middle, secondary, and postsecondary educational settings. 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. Category I - Master’s Degree Programs for Teachers with Professional Teaching Certificates Programs for certificated teachers that extend professional skills and knowledge and lead 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. The degree emphasizes ongoing data collection and analysis in the teacher's classroom and culminates in a action research project. Category II - Non-degree Studies that Lead to Certification These studies are highly individualized course-by-course sequences that approximate the minimal standards required for certification through the Florida Department of Education. A baccalaureate degree is required to pursue course-by-course certification. All undergraduate requirements for admission apply for an individual to qualify as an active “teacher certification only” (TCO) candidate. Course-by-course certification can be achieved for both initial certification and add-on endorsements to a current valid teaching certificate. Because course-by-course certification is determined by current state requirements and not as a result of successful completion of the Department of Foundations and Secondary Education’s state approved teacher preparation program, actual requirements can and do change frequently. The COEHS Office of Academic Advising, (904) 620-2530, has current information regarding certification requirements. It is important for the student to understand that teacher certification is granted by the Florida Department of Education and not from the University of North Florida.Category III - Non-Degree Studies for Professional Development and Enrichment The college recognizes the on-going need for educational advancement of teachers. The department provides opportunities for non-degree avenues of study for experienced teachers for certificate renewal (TCR) as well as post-master’s-degree course of study. These opportunities are highly variable and can be customized in a variety of ways. Individuals may enroll in courses of interest or an entire school staff may request a specific course by an instructor who is sent to the school site for weekly instruction. Inquire for current possibilities by contacting the Office of Academic Advising in the College of Education and Human Services, (904) 620-2530.
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 work as an upper division student, normally 60 semester hours taken during the last two years of baccalaureate study or2. An earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution. Additional Requirements:1. Scores of 153 on the Verbal Reasoning and 144 on the Quantitative Reasoning portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.2. Three letters of recommendation3. A copy of a valid Teaching Certificate or Statement of Eligibility 4. Statement of Intern/Goals (Candidates should prepare to write their statement of intent and goals by visiting the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program website for information about faculty and their research interests and descriptions of courses offered. This will give a sense of the culture and priorities of the program and how it might meet the candidate's professional development needs. The statement should address reasons for interest in the program, intended course of study (topics and areas of interest) and goals after completion. The statement should be between 1 - 2 pages, double-spaced, and use 12 point font, approximately 250 - 500 words.)5. CV or Resume (Candidates should include a CV/Resume on work relevant to teaching and related experiences. This document should be limited to 1 - 2 pages.)
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