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COEHS and UNF engineering students help preserve a legacy of education and community 

November 2, 2022

Last Summer, three UNF civil engineering students, (Alexander Anderson, Lionela Agastra and Jacob Fiallos), who were enrolled in Dr. Adel ElSafty's "Design of Reinforced Concrete" course, helped with the restoration of the Jacksonville Beach Elementary School #144 for the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center.

COEHS News Story

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UNF COEHS receives record-setting $7 Million U.S. Education Dept. grant to renew educator pipeline

September 22, 2022

The University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services has been awarded an over $7 Million partnership grant, Project PREP (Partnering to Renew the Educator Pipeline), alongside Clay County District Schools and UNF’s College of Arts and Sciences to address the critical teacher shortage and create equitable teaching outcomes for every student.

UNF News Story

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UNF Preschool and College of Education team up to offer new learning experiences

August 30, 2022

The University of North Florida Preschool and College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) are working together to increase experiential learning opportunities for UNF education students as well as continue to foster the nurturing learning environment for children that the Preschool has been well known for since 1975.

UNF News Story

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Dr. Rowe Publishes Paper about UNF THRIVE

March 23, 2022

Dr. Tara Rowe, associate director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and director of THRIVE, has recently published a paper in the Journal of College Reading and Learning detailing how the University of North Florida’s THRIVE program has helped students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) successfully navigate their college careers through peer mentoring and other specialized accommodations.

UNF News Story

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Michelle Drinks named a 40 under 40 Honoree by Jacksonville Business Journal

March 16, 2022

Michelle Drinks, director of development for UNF’s College of Education and Human Services, has been named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Jacksonville Business Journal for her business success, leadership skills and outstanding professional achievement.

UNF News Story

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School Counseling receives $1.6M GEAR UP grant

February 7, 2022

The College of Education and Human Services' school counseling “SOAR” program has been awarded a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Partnership grant with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) to help students from low-income backgrounds better prepare for postsecondary education.

This 2021-27 GEAR UP grant is the sixth award for the SOAR program since 1999 and builds upon the rich legacy of collaboration between UNF COEHS and DCPS to increase college access for local students while nurturing the leadership talent of future educators.

UNF News Story

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Painting Osprey pride for UNF’s 50th

February 4, 2022

In celebration of UNF's 50th Anniversary, the College of Education & Human Services invited students, faculty, staff and alumni to create paintings to express our UNF pride. The completed paintings will be displayed throughout the year at MOCA Jacksonville at 333 N. Laura St. and the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery in the John A. Delaney Student Union, Building 58E, Suite 2401.

UNF News Story

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U.S. News and World Report 2022 Best Online Programs

January 25, 2022

The University of North Florida has earned high rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Online Programs list, landing in the top 50 in the nation for its online bachelor’s programs as well as earning recognition for the online master’s in education programs.

UNF ranked in the top schools in the nation for its master’s in education program. The program is recognized for its strong traditional academic foundations based on student-instructor access, graduation rates and instructor credentials as well as for excelling at educating distance learners while offering robust career and financial support. This is the second year in a row that UNF College of Education and Human Services’ Master of Education in Educational Leadership has landed in the top 100 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs, joining SUS schools including UF, FSU and UCF. The program ranked No. 53 in the nation.

  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Early Childhood Educational Leadership 
  • Master of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology, Training and Development

UNF News Story

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Education Students Volunteer in honor of MLK Day

January 21, 2022

College of Education and Human Services’ Jacksonville Teacher Residency program teamed up with the Arc of Jacksonville's On Campus Transition AmeriCorps members and volunteers to give back to a local high school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

UNF News Story

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Sport Data Analytics Lab now home to PGA Tour golfer K.H. Lee

January 3, 2022

The College of Education and Human Services' Sport Data Analytics Lab is now PGA TOUR player K.H. Lee's official performance data analytics manager. The lab will help Lee optimize his performance to improve skills and strategies as well as predict and prevent inquiries.

UNF News Story


COEHS Student Colleen uses sign language with 2 students

UNF receives $3.5M US Dept. of Education grant to prepare rural special education administrators

December 14, 2021

The UNF College of Education and Human Services, in a collaboration with the University of Oklahoma and the University of Louisville, has been awarded a $3.5M grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the critical shortages of special education administrators to serve in rural districts.
Project SPIDERS (School-university Partnerships Influencing aDvocating and Engaging Rural Special Educators) will kick off Spring 2022. The funding will support 18 doctoral students (six at UNF) through doctoral programs that prepare special education personnel who are well-qualified for and can act effectively in leadership positions in rural school systems.

UNF News Story

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Jacksonville Public Education Fund awards UNF education students’ scholarships

December 6, 2021

At a recent men’s basketball game the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF), in partnership with the CEM Foundation, announced a new scholarship to support and encourage diverse male student athletes who are considering teaching careers in Duval County Public Schools. Over the course of three years, multiple diverse male student athletes in the UNF College of Education and Human Services will receive a $2,500 annual scholarship as well as membership, sponsored by the CEM Foundation, into JPEF’s IGNITE Young Professionals Group. These partnerships and scholarships are a small part of JPEF’s commitment to help recruit and retain 1,000 diverse male teachers by 2025.

UNF News Story

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UNF Alumni and COEHS LLC celebrate Deck the Chairs

December 1, 2021

Through a social media voting campaign, the Make a Difference in Education (M.A.D.E.) LLC chair won a contest to have their "tiny chair" come to life at the annual Deck the Chairs event in Jacksonville Beach. All M.A.D.E. LLC students are first-year students in teacher education majors, and their chair has a colorful blend of UNF pride and education symbols like books and primary colors.

UNF News Story

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COEHS joins ElevatED Challenge

November 22, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services joined eight other education colleges around the state in the first-ever ElevatED Challenge—a donor participation competition aimed at raising money in support of education. The challenge ran from Nov. 22 through Nov. 30.

UNF News Story

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Jacksonville Teacher Residency program focuses on preparing Black male educators

November 15, 2021

The UNF College of Education and Human Services (COEHS)’s Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program is working on two new initiatives to prepare Black as well as diverse male educators for the workforce.

UNF News Story

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Director of UNF THRIVE program honored with NASPA’s outstanding service award

October 28, 2021

Dr. Rowe, Director of COEHS' THRIVE program was honored with the “Outstanding Service to Students Award” by the Florida chapter of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) during the NASPA-FL Virtual Drive-In Conference on Thursday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 15.

UNF News Story

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COEHS receives significant DOE grant to prepare ASL/English interpreters for K-12 schools

October 26, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services' ASL/English Interpreting Program has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to increase the number of highly qualified, academically prepared ASL/English interpreters ready to work in the K-12 educational setting.

UNF News Story

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Graduate student receives fellowship from the American Association of University Women

October 19, 2021

Katoria Carter, a University of North Florida graduate student currently enrolled in the Master of Science in ASL/English Interpreting program, has recently been awarded a 2021-22 fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Recipients of this award are dedicated to pursuing academic work and leading innovative community projects to empower women and girls.

UNF News Story

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NEFSTEM joins the Scratch Education Collaborative

August 26, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services’ Northeast Florida Center for STEM Education (NEFSTEM) recently joined the Scratch Education Collaborative, an international network of organizations focused on supporting learners from historically marginalized communities in developing their confidence with creative computing using the Scratch computer programming platform.

UNF News Story

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UNF STEP Lab provides space for hands-on learning across disciplines

August 10, 2021

Dr. Nicholas Eastham, UNF STEP Lab supervisor and faculty administrator, came up with a one-of-a-kind lesson plan and demonstration for Rebekah Wallis, adjunct COEHS faculty member, and her students studying to be special education educators. The class constructed accessible “breadboards” that can be made and used by people of various age levels and abilities with materials found around the house.

UNF News Story

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THRIVE program director discusses peer mentoring programs with the Disability Compliance for Higher Education journal

July 28, 2021

Dr. Tara Rowe, associate director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and director of THRIVE, was recently featured in an interview for the July 2021 issue of Disability Compliance for Higher Education to discuss the peer mentoring programs offered to students registered with SAS at UNF. 

UNF News Story

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Taylor Leadership Institute partners with First Tee

July 26, 2021

The Taylor Leadership Institute is partnering with First Tee to serve as leadership mentors for the First Tee Scholars as part of a Pre-College Retreat. This partnership will serve as a model of collaboration between UNF’s Taylor Leadership Institute and First Tee as they work together to help equip the First Tee Scholars with the leadership skills that will help them thrive both now and in the future.

UNF News Story

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Professor presents at International Congress on the Education of the Deaf

July 19, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Renée Kilpatrick, assistant professor of deaf education, recently presented her research, “Written Language Inventory for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Identification and expansion of students' writing repertoires,” at the 23rd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf. Her presentation summarized the work she and her colleagues have done to develop a Written Language Inventory (WLI) and supplemental materials for teachers of the deaf throughout the past eight years.

UNF News Story

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UNITE Design Lab for inclusive workplace training unveiled

July 7, 2021

The College of Education and Human Services has unveiled a new virtual lab focused on Universal Design for Learning. The Universal Design for Inclusion in Training and Education (UNITE) Design Lab will serve as a virtual space for corporations, companies, and organizations to engage in research, collaboration, training and development for today’s workforce aimed at promoting innovation and inclusivity.

UNF News Story

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CUEP's Hope and History Mural voted Jacksonville's Best Public Art

July 2, 2021

The COEHS'  Hope and History Mural Project was recently voted “Jacksonville’s best public art” in the JaxBest list, a guide compiled by News4Jax WJXT Ch.4 viewer votes that showcases the local things that make Jacksonville so unique. Local h igh school students worked with CUEP staff, UNF volunteers and local artists including lead muralist Nicole Holderbaum to bring their vision to life. Alongside local history-makers and Civil Rights activists, over 25 area youth studied Jacksonville’s Civil Rights history and realized their own capacity to create changes today.

UNF News Story, News4Jax Story

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UNF hosts 'Seven Bridges Writing Project' as part of the NWP Summer Institute

June 3, 2021

The National Writing Project (NWP) at the University of North Florida, also known as the Seven Bridges Writing Project, will hold the second annual Summer Institute on the UNF campus from June 14 to June 18, 2021. As the only NWP site in the region, the Seven Bridges Writing Project serves students and teachers across a 100-mile radius throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia focusing on research-based ways to engage students in empowerment through writing.

UNF News Story

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COEHS professor co-authors 'Nine Essentials' national professional development school guidelines

June 2, 2021

Dr. Rebecca West Burns, director of clinical practice and educational partnerships for UNF’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) and a Bill Herrold Endowed Professor, co-authored the recently released National Association for Professional Development Schools’ second edition of the “Nine Essentials,” the national guidelines that set the standard for high quality school-university partnerships.

UNF News Story

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UNF faculty/staff create “Teaching Innovations and Exemplars” website

May 7, 2021

University of North Florida launched the “ Teaching Innovations and Exemplars ” website that shares the imaginative teaching innovations developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by UNF faculty including Dr. Jen Kilpatrick,  deaf education assistant professor, and  Dr. Hope (Bess) Wilson, teaching, learning & curriculum associate professor.  The featured innovations are intended to help spark curiosity and inspire fellow educators to adopt creative teaching methods and practices – not just during COVID, but beyond.

UNF News Story

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COEHS Alumna, Jennifer Pryor Halter, named FL Principal of the Year

May 5, 2021

The Florida Department of Education named Jennifer Pryor Halter, principal at Green Cove Springs Junior High School in Clay County, the 2021 Principal of the Year for the State of Florida.

Halter graduated with a master's degree in educational leadership and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services in Educational Leadership. 

UNF News Article, News 4 Jax News Story

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UNF College of Education and Human Services announces 2021 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence recipients

April 29, 2021

In an effort to surprise the teachers with the good news, principals in the Duval County Public School district invited faculty and staff to join for a special Zoom meeting where the winning teachers were announced in front of their peers. Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, UNF COEHS Dean, was also in attendance to make the special announcement.

UNF News Article (for subscribers)

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UNF presents ‘THRIVE-ing in Postsecondary Education’ seminar with Dr. Temple Grandin

April 22, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Transition to Healthiness, Resourcefulness, Independence, Vocation, and Education (THRIVE) program is hosting a “THRIVE-ing in Postsecondary Education” seminar featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, author, professor and autism activist.

UNF News Article

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Explore social justice and education at UNF’s Bridges Summer Camp

April 21, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP) will host the annual free Bridges Summer Camp for high schoolers who want to learn about education and community building from racial equity, social justice and activist perspectives. The two-week virtual camp will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays from Monday, July 5, through Friday, July 16. 

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UNF alumna receives NAPDS 'Outstanding Dissertation Award'

April 9, 2021

Dr. Catherine Wade was awarded for her dissertation on educator perspectives on Professional Development School partnerships

UNF News Story

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UNF and DCPS receive VOYA Foundation grant for STEM educator training

April 6, 2021

The University of North Florida’s College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education & Human Services recently received a VOYA Foundation grant for their Quantum Physics Secondary Professional Development project, a collaboration with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)

UNF News Story

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UNF’s College of Education unites programs that serve students with disabilities

March 26, 2021

The Department for Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education (EDIE), located within UNF’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), is uniting the University’s services and programs that support individuals with disabilities, as well as the faculty, staff and students who work in these programs.

UNF News Story

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College of Education and Human Services continues to impact Duval County Schools

March 19, 2021

Eight teachers, a third of Kings Trail Elementary School’s total faculty, received their Master’s in Education from UNF’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) this fall 2020.

UNF News Story

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UNF Women’s Center presents Susan B. Anthony Award to Dr. Carolyne Ali-Khan

March 17, 2021

Dr. Carolyne Ali-Khan, University of North Florida Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum associate professor, was selected as the recipient of the 2021 Susan B. Anthony Award.

UNF News Story

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UNF Sport Management Program receives COSMA Hall of Fame awards

March 4, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Bachelor of Science in Sport Management program recently received awards at the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Virtual Conference including the Hall of Fame “Biz Connectors Award” in recognition of innovative partnerships within the sport industry that mutually benefit both students and sport industry partners.

UNF News Story

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C.A.M.P. Osprey program receives LEAD Award

February 17, 2021

The University of North Florida’s Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program, better known as C.A.M.P. Osprey, has been awarded the grand prize honor for Leadership and Organizational Development by the LEAD Awards. The C.A.M.P. Osprey program award is under the education category for its innovation and superior practices in the leadership space.

UNF News Story

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UNF College of Education receives $1.35 million gift to prepare future teachers through the Lastinger Endowed Scholarship

February 11, 2021

The University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) has received a $1.35 million gift from the Lastinger Family Foundation, Inc. to provide scholarship funds to students pursuing teaching careers with the newly-created Lastinger Endowed Scholarship.

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Previous Years



COEHS Alumna named FL Superintendent of the Year

UNF ranked one of the most affordable colleges to earn an early childhood education degree


SportsMEDIA Technology and UNF’s Sport Data Analytics Lab Announce Partnership

Guest Column: Jacksonville deserves a STEM Pipeline

UNF Leadership Institute and Women’s Tennis support Ronald McDonald House Charities 


UNF hosts artistic expression event to support first generation students

UNF THRIVE program director recognized with National Innovative Practices in Transition Award

UNF instructor appointed to Florida School for the Deaf and Blind BOT

UNF College of Education and Human Services awarded $4.4M grant to prepare PK-2 teachers in STEM Curriculum


Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education (EDIE) Department Celebrates International Week of the Deaf


C.A.M.P. Osprey named a Multiplying Good "One in a Million Award" Recipient 

COEHS Dean named a 2020 Women of Influence

An Education Strategy: The Power of Partnership

UNF Names Ana Roman-Dominguez as the 2020 Women in Leadership Award Winner

Sport Management Steps Up Their Game


UNF Alumni Association Honors Summer Graduate with Senior Service Award

Students host Sport Management Industry Webinar Series


UNF sport management unveils executive-mentoring program and data lab to address employable skills for students


First Cohort of Doctoral Holmes Scholars Announced

COEHS Alumna, Sarajean McDaniel named FL Principal of the Year

COEHS Student, Kaitlynn Himmelreich Receives Fulbright

COEHS professor interviewed about pro sports reopening in Florida

COEHS Alumna, Tammie Talley named Florida Athletic Director of the Year

New Summer Graduate Course: Teaching, Training, Learning in COVID-19 Era


UNF College of Education and Human Services announces 2020 Gladys Prior Awards for Career Teaching Excellence recipients

Sport Management students donate earnings to UNF Scholarship


Educators to launch Virtual Early Learning Highway for Young Children