Specific information about the types and range of TLOs available for students in different academic departments in the College of Education & Human Services can be found below.
Students who are interested in becoming teachers* will find that the COEHS offers opportunities to observe children and youth in school settings early on their program of study. These opportunities include two pre-internship field courses plus one culminating student internship experience that allow students to participate in activities and programs for children and youth with supervision and support. For instance, many of our students are placed in professional development schools where they are able to have the on-going support of a professor in residence and a resident clinical faculty member. Furthermore, at least one experience for each student must be done in an urban school setting. Altogether, these experiences offer students opportunities to interact with a diverse population of pupils as well to practice skills required of an effective teacher. These field experiences take place in Duval County and other neighboring school districts. Over the years, when funding is available, qualified COEHS students have had the opportunity to spend part of their internship semester Plymouth, England, Belize, Peru, or other countries, where they are immersed in the culture of the host country and its school curriculum.
* Teacher Education Programs:
The COEHS also offers students a program of undergraduate study in Sport Management where there are numerous opportunities for field experiences as well as a culminating student internship experience. The program of study provides an academic foundation in sports management that can be applied in a variety of sports settings. There are two concentrations within this degree program: Sport Management and Community Sport. The Sport Management concentration is appropriate for students who seek careers in professional sport, college athletics, or sport entrepreneurship. The Community Sport concentration is appropriate for students who seek leadership and/or instructional careers in settings offering sport, fitness, and recreational programming. Of further significance is that students receive valuable employment training though practicum and internship experiences in chosen settings including: college recreation or athletic programs, community recreation agencies, sport organizations or business, sport facilities, and professional sports teams. Internship placements have included:
Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects
Students have the opportunity to complete part of their student teaching internship and sport management field experiences in schools in Plymouth , England for example, through an articulation agreement with the University College Plymouth/ St. Mark and St. John . During this experience, COEHS students are placed in primary and secondary schools working in classrooms for students with and without disabilities or if they are sport management majors, they receive field placements in sport facilities including one with the Plymouth Argyle, a championship football league team. COEHS students participate in the school culture as well as the campus life of the host institution and can travel throughout England and neighboring countries during their weekend breaks. Current international field based experiences offered include the countries of Belize, Peru and Honduras. Depending on the semester, students in the College of Education and Human Services have participated in 10 day short term TLO experiences in the USA and European countries including a 10 day train travel education course cross continent, and throughout Western Europe.
Because transformational learning opportunities don't always fit easily into the three categories listed above, please describe any other TLOs in which students in your department engage. These could be activities that are part of a class or an outside activity such as a service project.
There are four student clubs in the COEHS, and they are very active in combining their studies with service projects that reach out into the community. The organizations are the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC), The Student National Education Association (SNEA), the Association of Childhood Educators International (ACEI) and the Student Sport Management Association (SMA). Examples of club activities include adopting families for Christmas, clothing drives, book drives for schools both domestically and internationally, and providing leisure and recreation activities for persons with disabilities in the Jacksonville communities.
Class projects also exemplify the spirit of the transformational learning opportunity.Students:
• recently participated in a service project through a refugee program sponsored by the Lutheran Social Services (LSS). UNF has donated eight surplus college computers to refugee families that had been supplied with educational software including ebooks and dictionaries collected and installed by students in an honors educational technology course.
• have also presented a program of Poetry Theater and storytelling at the UNF Child Development Center Family Festival as part of a project founded by the Cummer Foundation of Boston.
• in the Integrated Math, Science and Social Studies course spent two days working with the St. Johns River Water Management department completing the Water Education for Teachers (WET) workshop. They analyzed watersheds and water quality, studied the Florida aquifer, and learned about conserving and protecting Florida waterways.
• in the Sport Management major have participated in various recreation experiences at the Wolfson's Children's Hospital.
• in Exceptional Student and Deaf Education, Sport Management and other programs have often submitted proposals and traveled to state and national conferences.
• have participated in the ESOL Center for Teaching and Learning at West Riverside Elementary where they have provided school tutoring programs for ESOL children as well as services for families at the ESOL Family Resource Program.
• have participated in an after school tutoring program at St. Clare Evans Academy (2004-on-going). In this activity, UNF students tutored 5th & 6th grade students in a diverse, urban school setting.
• Leaders from the NEA and CEC clubs traveled to Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City , Utah to the National Student Conferences where they had the opportunity to meet with other student leaders from across the USA and learn/share experiences in student organizational leadership.
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