Master of Education in Elementary Education
LiteracyProfessional EducationTeachers English to Speakers of Other Languages
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.
Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR)
A partnership between Duval County Public Schools & the University of North Florida supported by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund
"The mission of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency program is to recruit, prepare and retain a diverse population of highly effective teachers who serve in high needs schools to ensure that Duval County students are college and career ready."
All JTR students are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a 30-credit course of study.
Apply now for our 2019 cohort
JTR Program Highlights
- A selective residency program for prospective teacher leaders to teach Science or Mathematics in high-needs middle and high schools
- A residency model that blends a full-year classroom apprenticeship experience with Master's level course work in education, leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching
- Additional focus on recruiting individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM areas
Benefits of a Residency Teacher Certification Program
- Living expense award of $20,000 provided during the Residency Year
- Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Florida (UNF, Jacksonville)
- Course work designed to support teaching certification
- Tuition reimbursement for in-state costs associated with Master's degree (Contingent upon fulfilling a teaching commitment in DCPS)
- Job placement support in finding a teaching position after residency
- A way to share professional expertise and a passion for teaching and learning
- A rewarding career with the opportunity to have a positive influence on young people
- Begin course work at UNF in mid-June 2019
- Start residency year assignment in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) in August of 2019
- Partner with a mentor in a high-needs secondary school in Duval County
- Intern in a classroom four days (or an equivalency) per week
- Attend UNF graduate courses one day (or an equivalency) per week
- Commit to teach in a high-needs DCPS middle or high school for three years
- Complete the General Knowledge Exam, Subject Area Exam, and Professional Knowledge Test for teaching certification
- Undergraduate/Graduate degree in Science, Mathematics, or STEM-related fields
- GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
For more information and to fill out a Prospect Form, please visit Duval Schools Jacksonville Teacher Residency
All eligible prospects will be sent an Application Packet electronically within 72 hours.
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Jacksonville Teacher Residency
AmeriCorps Service Spotlight
Jacksonville Teacher Residency
78% of students who completed services demonstrated growth of at least one achievement level in math.
AmeriCorps members served 537 students in Jacksonville Middle and High schools.
All 10 AmeriCorps members were hired by Duval County Public schools to teach math or science in high-need schools.
AmeriCorps Members serve in the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program to prepare for long-term careers as STEM teachers. The goal of the program is to increase student engagement and STEM teaching/ learning in high-need Duval County Public Schools. In 2016, AmeriCorps members served 537 students in two high schools and three middle schools to increase student academic engagement in math and science. 78% of students who completed services demonstrated growth of at least one achievement level in math.
Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey:
Dean, University of North Florida College of Education and Human Services
"At the University of North Florida, we prepare future STEM teachers much like medical residencies prepare future doctors. Thanks to funding from Volunteer Florida, our Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program prepares teachers by immersing them in high-need classrooms - training these future teachers as well as significantly increasing student achievement in STEM."