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Press Release for Monday, December 9, 2013

College Database Identifies UNF Top College for Teacher Education

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The College Database-the most current and comprehensive source for U.S. college and university data-named the University of North Florida to its top colleges in the state for teacher education. The new list, "Top Colleges in Florida: Shaping the Next Generation," highlights the post-secondary institutions in the state that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 academic year.


UNF ranked in the Top 10 among local Florida colleges and universities that were rated on the list. Jacksonville University ranked No. 18 and Flagler College No. 25, while Edward Waters College came in at No. 44.


"The University and the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) are pleased to be recognized by the College Database for our work in preparing teachers and other school professionals," said Dr. Larry Daniel, COHS dean.


This latest recognition comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including 2013 Engaged Campus of the Year, Best Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database.


The COEHS graduates around 500 teachers each year, in addition to approximately 30 school counseling and 50 school administration graduates. All of the College's programs are nationally accredited and meet rigorous state requirements.


UNF education students are exposed to reality-based experiences throughout their programs of study, with all teacher education majors required to complete 900 to 1,000 classroom-based hours prior to graduation. Education students are required to complete a substantial portion of their field work in urban schools, and all graduates must have experiences working with special-needs children.


One hundred percent of the College's graduates receive passing scores on state teacher tests prior to graduation, and retention rates for COEHS graduates who initially take jobs in Florida schools are well above the state averages.


The College Database used the following methodology to identify the top colleges shaping the next generation:

  • Must be fully accredited
  • Four-year colleges only
  • Public or private, not-for-profit colleges only
  • U.S. colleges only
  • Minimum of 10 grads from education or teaching programs in 2012

The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about education options both nationally and locally to students, parents and other interested parties. The goal is accomplished by making all information and tools on the site free and easy to access.


The College of Education and Human Services offers a variety of programs to serve educational professionals in Northeast Florida. It has undergraduate programs in fields such as special education, elementary education and secondary education. The COEHS has selected undergraduate programs for non-teaching professionals in areas like sport leadership and deaf studies, while also offering graduate programs in elementary and secondary education, special education, counseling and educational leadership.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.