This course may be taken prior to or during the same term.
|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Department:||Building 85, Room 196|
|College:||Education and Professional Studies|
|Semester Hours Required For Degree: 132|
The B.A. degree program in Exceptional Student Education is designed to prepare students who plan to teach children and youth with exceptionalities. The Exceptional Student and Elementary Certification Specialization is a Florida Department of Education (FDOE) approved specialization that leads directly to FDOE certification in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6) with ESOL and Reading Endorsements.
Students interested in teaching at the elementary level without certification for exceptional student education should review the Elementary Education Major section of this catalog.
Students interested in teaching at the middle or secondary level will complete their baccalaureate degrees in the discipline and are encouraged to earn the Professional Education Minor. The Professional Education Minor is designed for content majors to complete the requirements for a temporary middle or secondary certification in Florida. Coursework meets the requirement of the Professional Training Option (PTO) and is consistent with the program requirements of Florida Department of Education. For additional information review the Professional Education Minor section of this catalog.
Responsibility for the teacher education programs at The University rests with the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, who is the head of the Professional Education Unit.
Requirements for teacher education programs may change due to legislative mandates. Therefore, the actual program requirements may differ from those listed in the catalog. Candidates must inquire with the Chair or an advisor in the Department of Teacher Education and Education Leadership (TEEL) to obtain the most current program requirements. Students seeking initial certification must be degree-seeking.
Fingerprinting is required for any placement in a school (including the field experience associated with EDF 1005). The Student Affidavit and Fingerprinting Application are required before any student can be placed in a school for Field Experiences or Student Teaching. Forms are available from the local school districts.
Students entering UWF or declaring a major in Teacher Education will automatically be placed in a pending status until they are fully admitted to the Teacher Education program. While in the pending status, students may not take 3000/4000 level education coursework, but should work closely with their advisor to plan an appropriate course of study in preparation for application to the program.
To be admitted, students must meet the following requirements:
The admission process requires students to complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education (which includes a self-rating scale of their disposition towards teaching) and complete the orientation requirement.
Prospective teachers are expected to adhere to the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and national standards of conduct associated with professional, accreditation, and state agencies. Teacher candidates who are struggling to meet content and/or disposition standards and/or competencies may be referred to the Culture of Achievement through a System of Tiered support (CAST) process. Any student who is referred to the CAST process and does not successfully complete the support/intervention process may be denied continued enrollment in any professional education program.
All approvals for admission to teacher candidacy are provisional and subject to reevaluation as students progress through the program. Students denied admission or removed from the program may appeal the decision to the Dean, College of Education Professional Studies.
Readmission into a teacher education program requires the student to meet standards for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the University. Readmitted students will be required to complete the degree plan in effect at the time of readmission and to meet the requirements for admission to teacher education in effect at the time of readmission.
Course work completed prior to readmission will be reviewed for compliance with current CAEP, FDOE, and University requirements. Students will be required to retake courses not in compliance with these requirements.
The student teaching program, administered through the Department of Teacher Education and Education Leadership, consists of one semester of student teaching or two semesters of internship supervised by a highly qualified teacher who has completed Clinical Educator Training. The student teaching/internship experience is scheduled during the student’s senior year.
Requirements for admission to student teaching/internship include the following:
During the time a student is engaged in student teaching, any outside employment or additional academic work except senior seminar must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Education Leadership
In compliance with the Higher Education Act, annual reports about teacher preparation in the state are available online. Select the appropriate year from the left column of the webpage and then click on Florida.
Candidates for admission to the CAEP/DOE approved teacher education specialization must meet and complete admission requirements detailed above. In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Exceptional Student Education/Elementary Education must meet the following requirements.
In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "Graduation and General Degree Requirements" section of this catalog.
General Education Curriculum:
|General Education Electives|
Choose an additional course from two of the three areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences
State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.
|EDF 1005||Introduction to Education||3|
|EDF 2085||Teaching Diverse Populations||3|
|EME 2040||Introduction to Educational Technology||3|
In addition to EDF 2085 Teaching Diverse Populations, a minimum of 6sh with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the Florida public college or university where the student is currently earning the A.A. or B.S. foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement. Any course identified as meeting UWF’s Multicultural Requirement will fulfill this 6 sh requirement.
|Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level advisor-approved electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may substitute courses at other levels (3000-4000) with permission.||15|
The Exceptional Student Certification program is a Florida DOE approved program that leads directly to certification in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6) with ESOL and Reading Endorsements and is part of the CAEP accredited Professional Education Unit. Graduates of the Exceptional Student Certification program will be certified as “highly qualified” based upon the No Child Left Behind Act. Students must successfully complete the Florida Teacher Certification Exam in Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education, General Knowledge, and Professional Education. Students must be admitted into Teacher Education in order to enroll in 3000/4000 level education coursework.
|EDF 3234||Applied Foundations of Education +||3|
|EDG 3945||Field Experience 1||3|
|EDG 4373||Elementary and Special Education Integrated Arts +||3|
|EDG 4345||Educational Assessment||3|
|EDG 4413||Classroom Management||3|
|EDG 4949||Field Experience 2||3|
|EEX 3070||Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration +||3|
|EEX 4141||Survey of Normal and Abnormal Language and Speech Development +||3|
|EEX 4254||Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Exceptionalities +||3|
|EEX 4255||Curriculum for Teaching Students with Exceptionalities +||3|
|EEX 4474||Curricula for Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities +||3|
|EEX 4772||Personal, Social and Employment Skills for Exceptional Students +||3|
|LAE 3314||Literacy for the Emergent Learner +||3|
|MAE 4310||Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School +||3|
|RED 3310||Literacy Instruction for the Intermediate Learner +||3|
|RED 4542C||Assessment and Differentiated Instruction in Reading +||3|
|SCE 4310||Teaching Science in the Elementary School +||3|
|SSE 4113||Social Studies for Elementary Teachers +||3|
|TSL 4080||ESOL Principles and Practices +||3|
|TSL 4081||Teaching English to ESOL Students +||3|
|Student Teaching (choose one of the following options):||12|
|Senior Seminar +|
|Student Teaching +|
|Senior Seminar +|
|Teaching Internship I +|
|Teaching Internship II +|
Courses included in the major GPA