Elementary Education

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Elementary Education Certification
Minor:Early Childhood Education
Department:School of Education
Building 85, Room 196
College:School of Education
CIP Code:13.1202
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in Elementary Education leads directly to Florida teacher certification in Elementary Education for grades Kindergarten through Grade 6 with ESOL and Reading Endorsements. A grade below "C-" in any major course cannot be used to satisfy a program requirement.

Students interested in certification in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education should review the Exceptional Student Education major in 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 the Florida Department of Education. For additional information review the Professional Education Minor section of this catalog.

Students interested in teaching Science or Math at the middle or secondary level will complete one of 5 UWF-Teach programs (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, or Physics). For additional information review the undergraduate degrees in the catalog.

Responsibility for the teacher education programs at the University rests with the Dean of the School of Education, 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 Dean of the School of Education (SOE) or an advisor in the School of Education to obtain the most current program requirements.

Fingerprinting may be required for any placement in a school (including the field experience associated with EDF 1005). The Student Affidavit and Fingerprinting Applications may be required before any student can be placed in a school for Field Experiences or Student Teaching. Forms are available from the local school districts

Admission to Teacher Education

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.

Students must be admitted to the Elementary Education program prior to enrolling in higher-level education coursework. While in the pending status, students may take a limited number of 3000/4000 level education courses, including EDF 3234 Applied Foundations of Education, LAE 3314 Literacy for the Emergent Learner, EEX 3070 Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration, TSL 4080 ESOL Principles and Practices, EDG 4442 Effective Learning Environments, EDG 4373 Integrated Arts and Contemporary Educational Tools, EDG 4351 Educational Assessment, EDE 4200 Planning and Curriculum , and RED 3310 Literacy Instruction for the Elementary Learner.

To be admitted, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all previously attempted college work;
  • A passing score on the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam;
  • Completion of EDF 1005 Introduction to Education with a grade of "C-" or higher.

The admission process requires students to complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education 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 Teacher Education Remediation Process and Navigate, the university support system. If a student, who is referred to the remediation process, does not successfully complete the support/intervention process, the student may not be allowed to continue to enroll in any professional education program.

All approvals for admission to teacher candidacy are provisional and subject to re-evaluation as students progress through the program. Students denied admission or removed from the program may appeal the decision to the Dean of the School of Education.

Readmission to Teacher Education

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.

Coursework completed before 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.

Admission to Student Teaching

The student teaching program, administered through the School of Education (SOE), consists of a semester-long full-time practicum in schools, or a two-semesters-long full-time internship supervised by a highly qualified teacher. The student teaching/internship experience is scheduled during the student’s senior year.

Requirements for admission to student teaching/internship include the following:

  • Full admission to teacher education;
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in teacher education (major) courses. A grade below “C-” cannot be used to satisfy a program requirement;
  • Completion of specialization courses required in the major, if applicable, (see the section of this catalog related to the appropriate specialization for specific course requirements);
  • Passing results on the general knowledge, professional, and subject area tests of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination;
  • Recommendation of the student’s academic advisor and approval of the Dean of the School of Education.

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 SOE Dean.

Title II Reports

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.

Program Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Elementary Education and seeking admission to the CAEP/FDOE-approved teacher education program must meet and complete the admission requirements detailed above. 

The Elementary Education Certification program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is a Florida DOE (FDOE) approved program that leads directly to teacher certification in Elementary Education for Kindergarten through Grade 6 with ESOL and Reading Endorsements. Students must successfully complete the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) in Elementary Education, General Knowledge, and Professional Education.  

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the College-Level Communication and Computation, 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 University Requirements section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and an exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam (course options AMH 2020, POS 2041 )
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam (course options AMH 2020, POS 2041)

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website, SUS regulation BOG 8.006 and Florida Statute s.1007.25(4,a-b).

Mathematics Pathway

Students are advised to complete the following courses to fulfill the mathematics pathway that aligns with the mathematics skills needed for success in their program and their career goals. Students should refer to their academic advisor for questions about the math pathway for their program. For information about this requirement, refer to the catalog page for Mathematics PathwaysThese courses may also fulfill requirements for General Education and Common Prerequisites. 

Mathematical Thinking in Context
MGF 1130Mathematical Thinking3
MGF 1131Mathematics in Context3
or MAC 1105 College Algebra
or MAC 1105C College Algebra with Lab

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the Elementary Education program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities. 

EDF 1005Introduction to Education3
Total Hours3

Lower Division Advisor-Approved Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level advisor-approved electives to satisfy at least 60 semester hours (sh) in the lower division. Current UWF students may substitute courses at other levels (3000-4000) with permission. The following are recommended courses for aspiring teachers:
MAC 1105College Algebra3
PHI 2103Critical Thinking3
SPC 2608Public Speaking3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics3
Choose one of the following:3
Human Development Across the Lifespan
General Psychology
Total Hours15


EDE 4200Planning and Curriculum +3
EDF 3234Applied Foundations of Education +3
EDG 3945Field Experience 1 +3
EDG 4373Integrated Arts and Contemporary Educational Tools +3
EDG 4351Educational Assessment +3
EDG 4442Effective Learning Environments +3
EDG 4949Field Experience 2 +3
EEX 3070Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration +3
LAE 3314Literacy for the Emergent Learner +3
MAE 4310Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools +3
RED 3310Literacy Instruction for the Elementary Learner +3
RED 4542Assessment and Differentiated Instruction in Reading +3
SCE 4310Teaching Science in Elementary Schools +3
SSE 4113Social Studies for Elementary Teachers +3
TSL 4080ESOL Principles and Practices +3
TSL 4081Teaching English to ESOL Students +3
Students must choose one of the following student teaching options:12
Option 1
Senior Seminar and Reading Practicum +
Student Teaching +
Option 2
Senior Seminar and Reading Practicum +
Teaching Internship I +
Teaching Internship II +
Total Hours60

Courses included in the major GPA.

Early Childhood Education Minor

The Early Childhood Minor is designed to provide skills and understandings necessary to work with the youngest children we teach, Preschool and primary grades children. As a Minor within the Elementary Education Program, upon completion, the graduate will be prepared to work with very young children in public school, Headstart and early Headstart, prekindergarten and prekindergarten disabilities programs, child care and education centers and various agencies that serve young children. The FDOE-approved Elementary education degree results in Florida DOE certification in grades K-6. Completion of this minor and passing of required testing will allow students to add a Prekindergarten/Primary endorsement to the Elementary teaching certificate. 


A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required to enroll in the minor. Students must earn a "C-" or higher in each course and a cumulative 2.50 in the minor.  

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 CAST and does not successfully complete the intervention process may be denied continued enrollment in the minor.

Course Requirements

Advisor Approved Elective12
Total Hours12