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    Education, Unified Early Childhood Education ProTeach (Pre-K - Grade 3)

    The Unified Early Childhood Education ProTeach program prepares students to teach at the preschool and pre-kindergarten levels through grade three.

    About This Major


    Students who successfully complete the five-year Unified Early Childhood Education ProTeach program (Bachelor of Arts in Education plus fifth year of study) will be recommended for certification in Preschool Education (birth-age 4) and Pre-K/Primary (age 3-grade 3) with endorsements in Pre-K Disabilities and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

    The program unifies early childhood education and early childhood special education. There are many professional choices for graduates, including directors of nursery schools or Head Start programs, teachers of the primary grades and interventionists in hospitals.

    Fifth-Year Requirement

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

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

    Critical Tracking

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

    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 critical-tracking GPA

    Semester 5

    • Complete coursework in semesters 1-4 with minimum grades of C
    • Document passing General Knowledge Test scores from the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (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 and in the fall semester only. Students should meet in February with the admissions coordinator in G416 Norman Hall to complete an application for fall 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. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

    Semester 1 Credits
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
    American History (AMH 2010 recommended; GE-H, WR-6) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Mathematics - Algebra or above (GE-M) 3
    Physical Science (GE-P) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    EDF 1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 or
    MGF 1106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts Majors 1
    American History (AMH 2020 recommended; GE-H) 3
    Composition or Literature (GE-C) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 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
    EDF 3110 Human Growth and Development or
    DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology
    EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
    Elective 3
    Elective (speech recommended) 3
    Biological Science (GE-B) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    EDF 3122 The Young Child 3
    EDF 3609 Sociological and Historical Foundations of Education 3
    EEX 3012 Introduction to Special Education 3
    EEX 4754 Family Focused Involvement in Early Childhood Special Education 3
    LIN 3710 Language Acquisition 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    EEC 3421 Teaching Math and Science in Early Childhood 3
    EEC 3941 Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3
    EEX 3226 Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education 3
    EEX 4790 Multicultural Issues in Early Childhood Special Education 3
    RED 3307 Teaching Reading in Primary Grades 3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    EEC 4215 Early Childhood Science and Social Studies 3
    EEC 4712 Social Competence in Early Childhood 3
    EEX 4064 Educational Programming for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities 3
    EEX 4812 Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education 3
    EPH 4033 Children and Youth with Multiple Disabilities 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    EDF 3433 Introduction to Educational Measurement and Evaluation or
    EDF 4430 Measurement and Evaluation in Education
    EEC 6205 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
    EEX 3062 Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum 3
    EME 4401 Integrating Technology in the Early Childhood Curriculum 3
    LAE 4314 Language Arts for Diverse Learners 3
    Total 15

    Passing score on the FTCE Subject Area Exam Preschool Education (Birth-Age 4) required for completion of the bachelor's degree.


    During the fifth year, students complete a dual certification and endorsement track, 36-hour master's degree program or a 24-hour postbaccalaureate program. Program completion confers recommendation for

    • Preschool Education (birth-age 4)
    • Pre-K/Primary (age 3-grade 3)
    • ESOL Endorsement, and
    • Pre-K Disabilities Endorsement
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majors: education-unified-early-childhood