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Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum believe that teachers must value and be committed to educating and working with all children, regardless of background or ethnicity - a challenging task, especially as the American culture becomes increasingly diverse. Teaching is a complex act.


Teachers must be highly skilled in working with students with diverse individual needs and abilities; they must be skilled in collaborating and working with others in the educational community; they must know their respective disciplines and content areas well (to teach something well, teachers must understand it well); they must be able to analyze and reflect on nearly every action taken in a classroom; they need to be grounded in evidence of student learning; and they must work toward continual improvement and learning. Teachers must also be resilient; the work of teaching can be challenging and difficult, so being flexible and knowledgeable is important.


Preparing our students for professional teaching careers means remaining involved in schooling and immersing our students in the educational context throughout their time at the University of North Florida.


The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, through teaching, research, and public service, and its commitment to leadership and excellence, strives to enhance the quality of education in its varied forms and settings in Florida, the nation, and the world.


Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Programs include the following areas of study in educator preparation programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Academic degree and certificate programs are offered in the following areas:

Undergraduate Programs

Early Childhood Education

  • PreK Primary
  • Early Childhood Development

Elementary Education

  • Elementary Education: Honors in the Major

Secondary Education

  • Science Education: Biology
  • Science Education: Chemistry
  • English
  • Math
  • Middle School Education: Math-Science
  • Science Education: Physics
  • Social Studies

*Each program in Secondary Education offers an Honors in the Major opportunity


  • Early Childhood Education Minor
  • Professional Education Minor
  • TESOL Minor

Graduate Programs

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

  • Concentration in Early Childhood Educational Leadership
  • Concentration in Earlt Childhood
  • Concentration in Advanced Secondary Instruction 
  • Concentration in Elementary STEM
  • Concentration in  Advanced Literacy 
  • Concentration in K-12 Reading Endorsement
  • Concentration in TESOL

Master of Education in Elementary Education

  • Concentration in Elementary STEM
  • Concentration in K-12 Reading Endorsement
  • Concentration in Reading and Advanced Literacy
  • Concentration in TESOL

Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education

Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education

  • Concentration in Biology Education
  • Concentration in Chemistry Education
  • Concentration in English/Language Arts Education
  • Concentration in Mathematics Education
  • Concentration in Middle School Mathematics and Science Education
  • Concentration in Physics Education
  • Concentration in Social Studies Education 
Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction



Undergraduate Certificates

  • Teaching English Abroad Certificate
  • Computer Science for High School Teachers

Graduate Certificates

  • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Inquiry
  • Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education* ONLINE
  • The Whole Child Graduate Certificate* ONLINE
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL* ONLINE
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL-Educational Technology* ONLINE
  • Elementary STEM Education (iSTEMpro) Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leader and Mentoring
  • Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teacher Thinking and Decision Making
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Secondary Instruction
  • Graduate Certificate in Reading and Advanced Literacy
  • Graduate Certificate in Reading and Literacy for K-12
  • Graduate Certificate in Reading Endorsement