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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 3.

    About This Major

    • College: Education
    • Program: Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education
    • Credits for Degree: 120 (B.A.E.), 36 (M.Ed.)
    • Minor: No
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    Critical TrackingRecommended Semester Plan


    The unified early childhood ProTeach program prepares students to teach at the preschool and pre-kindergarten level through third grade. The program unifies early childhood education and early childhood special education.

    Students who successfully complete this five-year program will be recommended for certifications in both preschool education (birth - age 4) and pre-kindergarten/primary (age 3 - grade 3) with endorsements in pre-kindergarten disabilities and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

    The professional choices for graduates include directing preschools and Head Start programs, teaching in the primary grades, and providing early intervention in home, community, and medical settings.

    Fifth-Year Requirement

    Students 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.

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    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 (see audit and/or advisor to determine which test to take)
    • Complete all General Education requirements
    • 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 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.
    • 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. For electives, students are encouraged to choose courses that will strengthen their knowledge of the content areas of literature, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics.

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
    Biological or Physical Science (State Core GE-B or P) 3
    Composition (State Core GE-C ) 3
    Mathematics (State Core GE-M) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (State Core GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    EDF 1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
    EDF 3110 Human Growth and Development or DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology (GE-S) 3
    Composition or literature (GE-C) 3
    ​Humanities (State Core GE-H) 3​
    Mathematics (GE-M) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators (GE-S, D) 3
    Biological or Physical Science (GE-B or GE-P) 3
    ​Elective 3​​
    Elective with Diversity or International content (GE-D or GE-N) or Foreign Language 3
    Elective with Writing content (WR-6) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
    Biological or Physical Science (GE-B, GE-P) or Humanities (GE-H) or Social Science (GE-S) 3
    ​Elective 3​​
    Elective with International content (GE-N) 3
    Elective with Writing content (WR-6) 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 3309 Emergent Literacy and Beginning Reading Instruction 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
    EEX 3062 Early Childhood Special Education Curriculum 3
    EEX 4905 Early Childhood Curriculum and Management 3
    EME 4401 Integrating Technology in the Elementary Curriculum 3
    LAE 4604 Language Arts for Diverse Learners in Early Childhood 3
    Total 15

    Passing score on all subtests of the FTCE subject area exam in preschool education (birth-age 4) required for completion of the bachelor's degree.

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    During the fifth year, students complete a dual certification and dual endorsement track, 36-credit master's degree program or a 27-credit postbaccalaureate program.

    Program completion confers recommendation for:

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