5-Year ProTeach Programs

Both ProTeach programs are 5-year plans of study that begin at the undergraduate level. Students complete their programs in a fifth year of study as post-baccalaureate or master’s degree students.

  • Unified Early Childhood ProTeach begins with undergraduate coursework in Special Education and ends with a fifth year of study in Early Childhood Education.
  • Unified Elementary ProTeach has most of its coursework in Elementary Education but may end with a fifth year in Special Education if students choose the “Dual Certification” path.

Both provide initial teacher preparation approved by the Florida Department of Education and the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Unified Early Childhood ProTeach


Undergraduate coursework in Special Education, as part of a 5-year plan

The Unified Early Childhood ProTeach program is an interdisciplinary teacher education program designed to prepare educators to work with all children from the earliest ages to grade 3 (including those with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds). The program results in eligibility for the Preschool (birth to 4 years) Certificate, Prekindergarten/Primary (age 3 to grade 3) Certificate, the ESOL Endorsement and the Prekindergarten Disability Endorsement.

Completion of the program involves a fifth year of study and culminates in a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education for those students accepted into the UF Graduate School. Otherwise, this becomes a year of post baccalaureate study. Admission to the junior year does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Unified Elementary ProTeach — Dual Certification

A five-year program culminating with a Master’s in Special Education

The Dual Certification program consists of undergraduate study in Elementary Education followed by an additional year of study at the graduate level (either with post-baccalaureate status or in a masters degree program) in which a specialization area is pursued.

  • UEP students choosing the “Dual Certification” program complete graduate level work in special education,
  • while those choosing “Single Certification” remain in Elementary Education.

The Dual Certification program of study prepares teachers with emphasis on working in inclusive classrooms with all students, including those with special needs. The primary focus of the program is in the area of mild disabilities.

UEP students completing the “Dual Certification” degree program receive a Master of Education degree in special education and are recommended for certification in Elementary Education (K-6) and in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) as well as for the Reading and ESOL endorsements. The program also includes courses that meet the requirements for Reading endorsement and is approved by the International Dyslexia Association.

Students choosing the post-baccalaureate option receive the same certification recommendations. Click here for more information.