Transfer Admission Information: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is ProTeach?

A: The following is a summary of the ProTeach (PROfessional TEACHer) programs offered by the College of Education. All ProTeach programs require an additional year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree for program completion and initial professional certification. Students who intend to complete a bachelor’s degree only should not pursue admission to a ProTeach program.

UNIFIED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Preparation to teach young children with a wide variety of capabilities; certification in Preschool Education (birth to age 4) and in Pre-kindergarten/Primary (age 3 to grade 3), plus a Pre-kindergarten Disabilities Endorsement and an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement. The program includes a bachelor’s degree from the College of Education with a major in special education and a fifth year program in the College of Education with a major in early childhood education. Admission is limited to Fall each year. Fifth year may be a master’s degree or post-baccalaureate program.

UNIFIED ELEMENTARY EDUCATION Preparation to teach elementary grade level; professional methods classes and clinical experience in public school and other settings; certification in Elementary Education (K-6) plus endorsements in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Reading. Certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE K-12) is an option in the 5th year. Program consists of a bachelor’s degree from the College of Education with a major in elementary education and a fifth year program in the College of Education with a major in elementary education or special education. Admission is limited to Fall and Spring each year. Fifth year may be a master’s degree or post-baccalaureate program.

SECONDARY EDUCATION Preparation to teach grades 6-12 English, science, or social science. Program consists of a bachelor’s degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences with an approved major, plus a graduate certificate in Secondary Teaching from the College of Education with a major in secondary education. Undergraduate transfer admission would be through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. (Because undergraduate admission in not to the College of Education, other FAQs on this page do not apply to secondary education students.) Credits from the graduate certificate may be concurrently applied toward a master’s degree.

Q: Do you offer a ProTeach program for secondary education?

A: Unfortunately, admission to the ProTeach secondary education programs was discontinued in 2017. The graduate certificate in Secondary Teaching retains much of the content from the ProTeach program with the convenience of online instruction.  A master’s degree is attainable, but is not branded as ProTeach.

Q: Do you offer a program for foreign language education?

A: Florida temporary certification in foreign language education (French, German, Latin, and Spanish) is attainable with a Florida Teaching Minor at the undergraduate level.

Q: Which teacher education programs are offered by other colleges at UF?

A: Other teacher education programs include Art Education, Music Education, and Agricultural Education.

Q: What are the undergraduate admission requirements for ProTeach if I’m transferring from a Florida community college or state college?

A: We require a minimum score of 440 on each section of the SAT and 1010 Critical Reading + Math total OR a composite score of 21 on the ACT; passing scores on all four sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination’s General Knowledge Test (FTCE-GK), completion of EDF1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession with a grade of B or higher and a 3.0 GPA, and award of the AA with an AA GPA of 2.6 or higher. To be considered competitive for admission an applicant should also complete a course in Human Growth & Development (typically DEP2004).

Q: What are the undergraduate admission requirements for ProTeach if I’m transferring from a Florida public university?

A: Ditto above, with a few exceptions. First, award of the AA is strongly recommended, but not required.  Without the AA you must document successful completion of 60 transferable college credit hours, all General Education requirements, and the Gordon Rule Writing requirement (24,000 words). Second, if you have earned more than 60 credits, you must have a 3.0 upper-division GPA.  Please know that students who transfer without the AA will be required to meet all UF General Education Program requirements before award of the bachelor’s degree, which may delay bachelor degree completion and graduate-year admission.  Getting the AA is your safest choice.

Q: Can I transfer directly from a Florida private institution or an out-of-state college or University?

A: Possibly. However, you must complete EDF1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession through a Florida community college or Florida state college to qualify for admission.  These may be available via distance education through www.flvc.org.  You must also arrange to take the FTCE-General Knowledge Test.  See www.fl.nesinc.com for a list of test sites in and out of Florida and to register for the exam.

Q: Do I have to take the SAT or ACT for admission if I have an AA?

A: Yes. Our minimum admission requirements apply to all applicants. Although many teacher education programs no longer require an SAT or ACT for admission, the ProTeach programs do. Admission to the fifth-year master’s degree program will require an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Performance on the SAT (and to some extent on the ACT) is a good predictor of performance on the GRE. We have established the minimum SAT/ACT for undergraduate admission at a level where students should be able to achieve the minimum GRE for graduate admission.

Q: I’m confused about when I have to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examination’s General Knowledge Test (FTCE-GK). Can you explain?

A: You should plan to take all four sections of the FTCE-GK (math, reading, English skills, and essay) well before the transfer application deadline. Ideally, that would be December before applying for Fall admission, and July before before applying for Spring admission.  Passing scores must be earned before your application will be considered by the faculty admissions committee. Register for the FTCE at www.fl.nesinc.com.

Q: What are the College Distribution courses I must complete to be considered competitive for admission?

A: The only College Distribution Course we require is human growth and development (typically DEP2004). Other general education and elective course recommendations are offered to help build competencies in language arts, math, the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Q: How and when do I apply for admission?

A: Online applications for undergraduate transfer admission are available at www.admissions.ufl.edu. There is not a separate application for the College of Education. The application deadline for fall is April 15th, and for spring is September 15th. The first admission decisions are usually made soon after the application deadline. If you want an early decision, be sure to apply early (January for fall, July for spring), and have all supporting documents (SAT/ACT score reports, high school transcripts, college transcripts from EACH college you attended, etc.) sent to the UF Office of Admissions soon after you apply. The UF Office of Admissions will refer your completed application packet to the College of Education for final review and a decision.  The Admissions Coordinator for the College of Education will email you to request supplemental information, including your FTCE score report.  It is not necessary to submit your FTCE score report to the UF Office of Admissions.

Q: If I apply for admission and meet all minimum requirements, am I guaranteed admission?

A: Unfortunately, no.  ProTeach is a limited access major.  To assure adequate field experiences are available for each student, we have a limit on the number of students we will admit to our programs. A faculty admissions committee will select from a competitive pool of native and transfer applicants, with final decisions based upon a student’s academic record, personal statement, and other relevant information.  Each year about one third of the students who begin ProTeach are transfer students.

Q: I’ve completed the first year of a teacher education program at another university and I want to transfer to UF for my senior year. Will my credits transfer?

A: Yes and no.  All credits will transfer, but few credits will apply toward ProTeach program requirements. You would essentially be starting over with 3 years remaining (2 years for the bachelor’s degree plus the master’s year) before program completion. We would encourage you to stay at your university to complete your initial teacher education program, and consider UF for future professional development in a graduate-level program.

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