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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 and a fifth year specialization in elementary or special education, in addition to the professional education curriculum.

    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), reading 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) with a specialization in elementary education will be recommended for certification in elementary education (grades K-6) and endorsements in ESOL and reading. Those completing the specialization in special education will be recommended for certification in elementary education (grades K-6) and exceptional student education (ESE K-12) with an endorsement in ESOL.

    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 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

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

    Semester 3

    • Complete coursework with minimum grades of C
    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
    • 2.6 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete coursework with minimum grades of C
    • Complete all 3 critical-tracking courses with a 3.0 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.6 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Document passing general knowledge test scores from the FTCE series (see audit and/or adviser to determine which test to take)
    • Complete the university writing requirement
    • Complete a total of 9 credits 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 G416 Norman Hall to complete an application for fall admission or in September for spring admission.
    • 3.0 upper-division GPA required semesters 5-8
    • 2.6 UF GPA required
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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
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
    American history (AMH 2010 recommended; GE-H, WR-2) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR-6) 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
    MGF 1106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts Majors 1 or
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M)
    American history (AMH 2020 recommended; GE-H) 3
    Composition or literature (GE-C, WR-6) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators (GE-S and D) 3
    Associated science laboratory (GE-B or GE-P) 0-1
    Earth science (GE-P) 3
    Elective (GE-N, WR-6) 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 (GE-S)
    EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
    Elective (GE-N or D; WR-4) 3
    Elective 3
    Biological Science (GE-B) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    EDF 3115 Child Development for Inclusive Education 3
    EEX 3070 Teachers and Learners in the Inclusive School 3
    LAE 3005 Children's Literature 3
    MAE 3312 Content and Methods for Teaching Mathematics Process 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
    EDF 3514 History of Education (or other approved social science content course) 3
    EEX 3257 Core Teaching Strategies 3
    EEX 3616 Core Classroom Management Strategies 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
    MAE 4310 Teaching Mathematics in the Inclusive Elementary School 3
    RED 4324 Reading in the Intermediate Grades 3
    SCE 4113L Elementary Science Content 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
    SCE 4310 Elementary Science Methods for the Inclusive Classroom 3
    SSE 4312 Social Studies for Diverse Learners 3
    TSL 4100 ESOL Curriculum, Methods and Assessment 3
    Total 15

    Passing score on the FTCE subject area exam in 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: 36-credit master's degree program or 30-credit postbaccalaureate program

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

    Single-Certification Track: 36-credit master's degree program or 21-credit postbaccalaureate program

    • Confers recommendation for elementary (grades K-6) certification with ESOL and reading endorsements
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