Single Certification Option: Elementary Education

The single certification option in Elementary Education is only for those who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education through the Unified Elementary ProTeach Program at UF. This option has two tracks for completing the ProTeach program: the Master’s degree track and the Post-Baccalaureate track.

Students selecting to apply to the graduate program for the single certification option will be eligible for certification in elementary education, the ESOL endorsement, and the Florida reading endorsement at the completion of their programs. Teachers with elementary education certification are qualified to teach kindergarten through grade 6, ESOL K-12, and reading K-12. (Total Credits: 36)

Find out more about general admission requirements for all M.Ed. programs under the School of Teaching & Learning!

Coursework
Coursework is embedded in the internship and focuses on assessment, advanced pedagogy, and technology integration within content areas to meet the differentiated needs of
elementary students.
Field Experience
A year-long, full-time internship
in elementary classrooms in the state of Florida with a highly qualified
mentor teacher.
Teaching Eligibility
The awarding of a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and eligibility for Florida certification in elementary education K-6, English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement, and the Florida Reading Endorsement.

Master’s Degree (5th Year) Track

The graduate year is a 3-semester program designed to enhance theoretical and pedagogical knowledge through ongoing practical experiences. A year-long internship provides opportunities to put the methods and strategies developed through associated coursework into practice.

After completing the bachelor’s program, students apply for the graduate year. Students are required to take the following Florida certification exams at their appropriate times:

  • General Knowledge Test: Prior to Junior year

  • Elementary Education K-6 Test: Prior to end of Bachelor’s program

  • Professional Education Test: Prior to end of Master’s program

For more information about tests, contact Robin Rossie.

Course Number

Course Title

On-Campus or Online

Credit Hours

Term Taken

EDE 6948
Internship (1)
School-based
3
Spring/Fall
EDG6415
Culturally-Responsive Classroom Management
Online
3
Spring/Fall
RED 6520
Literacy Assessment & Instruction
Online
3
Spring/Fall
EDG6931
Advanced Language Arts & Writing in Elementary Classrooms
Online
3
Summer A
MAE 5347
Understanding K-8 Mathematics
Online
3
Summer A
EME 5207
Designing Tech Rich Curriculum
Online
3
Summer A
RED6941
Practicum: Reading diagnosis and Remediation
Online
3
Spring/Fall
EDE 6948
Internship (2)
Online
9
Spring/Fall
MAE 5396
Formative Assessments in Mathematics
Online
3
Spring/Fall
SCE 5316
Inquiry Based Science Teaching
Online
3
Spring/Fall

Post-Baccalaureate (5th Year) Track

For students who do not wish to pursue the master’s degree, there is an option to pursue a post-baccalaureate option. This option requires 21 credit hours of coursework including a semester-long internship. It qualifies completers for permanent certification in elementary education, the ESOL endorsement, and the reading endorsement. No master’s degree is awarded. Applicants complete the University of Florida Post Baccalaureate Application and are not required to take the GRE or provide letters of recommendation. A 3.0 GPA is required.

Course Number

Course Title

On-Campus or Online

Credit Hours

Term Taken

EDE 6948
Internship (1)
School-based
6
Fall/Spring
EDG6415
Culturally-Responsive Classroom Management
Online
3
Fall/Spring
RED 6520
Literacy Assessment & Instruction
Online
3
Fall/Spring
RED 6941
Practicum in Reading
Online
3
Fall/Spring
EDG6931
Language and Writing Instruction
Online
3
Summer
MAE 5347
Understanding K-8 Mathematics
Online
3
Summer

Student Testimonials

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Maddie Ward

Hi! My name is Maddie Ward. I graduated with my B.A.E. from the University of Florida’s Elementary Education ProTeach program in December 2017, certifying me to teach grades K – 6. I am currently continuing my studies through the master’s program in Elementary Education at UF, and will graduate with this degree in December 2018. I am so thankful to the School of Teaching and Learning for the experiences and opportunities I’ve had thus far as part of my education. The friendliness, wisdom, and accessibility of the faculty and staff are second to none.

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Abby Andrews

I cannot speak enough praise for the UEP ProTeach Program! As a young girl, I knew I wanted to be an educator. As I began my time at UF, I did not fully grasp what it means to be a teacher. During my time in the UEP ProTeach program, I have learned that a teacher is someone who challenges, encourages, and grows with students. I have been given incredible tools and strategies to work with students. I have learned how to listen to students, incorporate their backgrounds, and challenge them academically. This program pushed me to reflect on my beliefs and strive to be the best educator I can be. I truly believe that this program is creating passionate future EduGators!