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Master of Education in Elementary Education

The Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL's graduate program assists 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 with various options of specifications including: Prekindergarten/Primary, Elementary, P-12 TESOL, 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.


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.


Learn more about Graduate Programs in the College of Education & Human Services.