Elementary Education Program Information
The School of Teaching & Learning offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) degrees in Elementary Education. More information about the requirements for these degrees can be found in the Graduate Degrees section of this catalog.
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
The School of Teaching & Learning offers two distinct programs for preparing and certifying elementary school teachers: the Unified Elementary Professional Teacher (UEP) Graduate Program and the Alternative Certification in Elementary Education (SITE) Program.
The Unified Elementary Professional Teacher (UEP) Graduate Program:
UEP is a 5-year elementary teacher preparation program that culminates in a Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.). Students enter the program in the junior year of their undergraduate education. After successful completion of two years of undergraduate work in the program, students apply to graduate school and if accepted, complete a three-semester graduate year comprised of rigorous academic coursework and a yearlong internship in an elementary classroom.
The master’s year is designed to deepen students’ content knowledge while enhancing their pedagogical knowledge and instructional skills. It is a year for serious teacher preparation yielding highly effective graduates able to positively impact K-6 student learning from their first year of teaching, particularly elementary students who have shown patterns of underachievement including students with disabilities, students whose first language is not English, and students living in poverty. Master’s students who successfully complete the program are eligible for Professional Teacher Certification in Florida (K-6) as well as the English for Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement (K-12) and the Florida Reading Endorsement (K-12.)
Prerequisites: Students who expect to do graduate work in the Unified Elementary ProTeach program must first have successfully completed the undergraduate portion of the 5-year program earning a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Education (B.A.E). A GPA of 3.0 is required for entry into the graduate portion of the program as well as an acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, and three letters of recommendation.
For more information, please see our website: http://education.ufl.edu/elementary-education/proteach.
Alternative Certification in Elementary Education (SITE) Program:
The SITE program at the University of Florida is a state-designated Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) created to attract talented college graduates and career path changers with non-education majors to the elementary classroom. The yearlong teacher-residency program provides an alternative, accelerated pathway to teaching experience and certification for prospective teachers who possess an undergraduate degree outside of education. The clinical internship combines supervised classroom teaching and formal study, with successful completion leading to a master’s (M.Ed.) degree in Elementary Education and national certification through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Many students come to the program with degrees or professional experience in fields such as accounting, business, English, family studies, history, journalism, nursing and psychology. Selection for entry into this full-time internship requires a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA; successful scores on the GRE; a stellar essay/statement of purpose; three professional letters of recommendation; and a Statement of Status of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education.
Interns complete 39 credit hours of study and classroom teaching over three semesters, all under the supervision of a school-based mentor and a university coach. The mentor teacher and intern teach side-by-side throughout the entire school year, while the UF coach makes regular classroom visits to problem-solve, observe and reflect on teaching skills, and provide individualized support. Along with their planning, teaching and coursework responsibilities, the interns become familiar with the school improvement goals and new programs initiated at their host schools. SITE coursework is taught by UF education professors and teachers in Alachua County elementary schools who all have proven expertise in K-12 teaching.
Prospective teachers who complete the SITE Program are eligible to apply for a professional educator’s certificate from the Florida Department of Education. Graduates wishing to teach in states other than Florida should contact the Department of Education in their state of choice for certification requirements there.
For additional information about the program please visit: http://education.ufl.edu/site.