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  • Education, Unified Elementary/Special Education ProTeach (Grades K-6)

    The Unified Elementary/Special Education program includes professional methods courses, clinical experiences, one area of specialization in education, in addition to the professional education curriculum and an interdisciplinary concentration in liberal arts and sciences.

    About This Major


    The professional education curriculum incorporates important topics in special education, classroom management, inclusive classroom settings, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and other related issues.

    Students who successfully complete the five-year Unified Elementary ProTeach program (Bachelor of Arts in Education plus fifth year of study) will be recommended for certification in elementary education (grades K-6)/English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement; additional certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE K-12) is available in the fifth year.

    Fifth-Year Requirement

    Students who successfully complete a UF undergraduate program in Unified Elementary Education must complete the fifth year requirement as a graduate student earning a Master of Education degree or as a postbaccalaureate student.

    Passing scores on appropriate portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) will be required before program completion.

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Critical Tracking

    Equivalent critical tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students

    Semester 1

    • 21 ACT with writing or 1450 SAT (minimum 1010 on critical reading and math; minimum 440 each on three sections – critical reading, math and writing)
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 of 3 critical-tracking courses: EDF 1005 or EDF 2085 or EME 2040
    • 2.3 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
    • 2.6 UF GPA required for semesters 3-5

    Semester 4

    • Complete all 3 critical-tracking courses with a 3.0 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework

    Semester 5

    • Complete coursework in semesters 1-4 of the semester plan below
    • Document passing General Knowledge Test scores from the Florida Teacher Certification Examination series (see audit and/or adviser to determine which test to take)
    • Complete the university writing requirement
    • Complete the university math requirement
    • Complete a total of 9 hours of international/diversity
    • Students cannot register for courses in semesters 5-8 before ProTeach admission, which is competitive in fall and spring semesters only. Students should meet in February with the admissions coordinator in Student Services G416 Norman Hall to complete an application for fall admission or in September for spring admission.
    • For semesters 5-8, students must maintain a 3.0 upper-division GPA.
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    American History 1 (GE-H) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Mathematics - Algebra or above (GE-M) 3
    Physical Science (GE-P) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    EDF 1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
    MGF 1106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts Majors 1 or
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    American History 2 (GE-H) 3
    Biological Science (GE-B) 3
    Composition or literature (GE-C, WR) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators (GE-S, D) 3
    Associated science laboratory 0-1
    Earth Science 3
    Elective 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Statistics or other math (GE-M) 3
    Total 15-16
    Semester 4 Credits
    DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology or
    EDF 3110 Human Growth and Development
    EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
    Elective (GE) 3
    Elective (speech recommended) 3
    Fine arts humanities (GE-H, N or GE-H, D) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    EDF 3115 Child Development for Inclusive Education 3
    EDG 4930 Math for Elementary Teachers (2) and
    EDG 4930 Math for Elementary Teachers Laboratory (1)
    EEX 3070 Teachers and Learners in the Inclusive School 3
    LAE 3005 Children's Literature 3
    MUE 3210 Music for the Elementary Child 2
    SDS 3430 Family and Community Involvement in Education 3
    Total 17
    Semester 6 Credits
    ARE 4314 Art Education for Elementary Schools 2
    EEX 3257 Core Teaching Strategies 3
    EEX 3616 Core Classroom Management Strategies 3
    HSC 3301 Health Education in Elementary Schools 3
    LAE 4314 Language Arts for Diverse Learners 3
    RED 3307 Teaching Reading in Primary Grades 3
    Total 17
    Semester 7 Credits
    EME 4401 Integrating Technology into the Early Childhood Curriculum 3
    LAS social science course (3000 or above, from approved list) 3
    MAE 4310 Teaching Mathematics in the Inclusive Elementary School 3
    SCE 4310 Elementary Science Methods for the Inclusive Classroom 3
    TSL 3526 ESOL Foundations: Language and Culture in Classrooms 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    EDE 4942 Integrated Teaching in Elementary Education 3
    EEX 4905 Teaching Seminar 3
    LAS science course (3000 or above, from approved list) 3
    RED 4324 Reading in the Intermediate Grades 3
    SSE 4312 Social Studies for Diverse Learners 3
    Total 15

    Passing score on the FTCE Subject Area Exam Elementary Education (K-6) required for completion of the bachelor's degree.

    Certification Options

    During the fifth year, students may select from two certification tracks:

    Dual-Certification Track: 39-hour master's degree program or 33-hour postbaccalaureate program

    • Confers recommendation for elementary (grades K-6) and exceptional student education (ESE K-12) certification with ESOL endorsement
    • Requires 12 hours specialization coursework in special education

    Single-Certification Track: 39-hour master's degree program or 21-hour postbaccalaureate program

    • Confers recommendation for elementary education certification (grades K-6) with ESOL endorsement
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