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The Graduate School

Elementary Education



Reading and Advanced Literacy concentration:

The Master of Education in Reading and Advanced Literacy is an advanced study program that does not carry certification or any additional endorsements. The program consists of 39 semester hours of core and major requirements. This program is intended for individuals who wish to gain more knowledge in the field of literacy.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) concentration:

The Master of Education in Elementary Education, with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), is designed to meet the needs of students with a teacher certification who wish to pursue a graduate degree. This particular program does not certify teachers or carry any additional endorsements.

Applicants not meeting the 3.0 minimum GPA requirement may contact the graduate program director for additional admission criteria options.


The Elementary Education program requires applicants to choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Elementary STEM
  • K-12 Reading Endorsement
  • Reading and Advanced Literacy
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
*The TESOL concentration has temporarily suspended enrollment and is not enrolling students at this time.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1
Summer Term . . . April 15

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Madalina Tanase
Co-Director, Associate Professor
(904) 620-1258
Building 57, Room 2305
Dr. Christian Winterbottom
Co-Director, Associate Professor
(904) 620-5329
Building 57, Room 2216

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements - Elementary STEM and K-12 Reading Endorsement concentrations
    • Professional licensure
      • Applicants must hold a valid teaching license from any state or international equivalent
  • Program Requirements - Reading and Advanced Literacy concentration
    • Certification
      • Teaching certificate or evidence of eligibility (i.e. graduation from a state-approved teacher education program)
    • Three letters of recommendation may be required at the discretion of the department
      • Address applicants qualifications for success in graduate school
      • Must be on official letter head (if applicable) and have an original signature (electronic signatures are not acceptable)
  • Program Requirements - TESOL concentration
    *The TESOL concentration has temporarily suspended enrollment and is not enrolling students at this time.
    • Letter of intent
      • 500-100 words
      • Describe reasons for seeking admission into the program;
      • Professional goals;
      • How the program will help attain goals