World Languages Education program is designed to prepare students to implement instruction in languages other than English in K-12 settings. The undergraduate and graduate coursework in World Languages Education focuses issues such as second language acquisition, teaching methodology, and culture.

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Undergraduate & Graduate Programs: Michele Regalla, Ph.D.
Doctoral Program: Joyce Nutta, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science

Teacher Education (BS) – World Languages Education

The Teacher Education BS – World Languages Education program offers students the option of two tracks: Education and Lifelong Learning (non-certification). The Education Track is appropriate for students interested in opportunities for employment with formal, K-12 schools that require certification and includes specializations in either Spanish or French. The Lifelong Learning Track is appropriate for students seeking opportunities for employment outside formal, K-12 schools that do not require certification or for students interested in teaching abroad.

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The Teacher Education BS World Languages Education Track meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Spanish in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Undergraduate Minors

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Education minor is intended for College of Community Innovation and Education students in undergraduate initial certification programs. The ESOL minor is intended for Education majors and is well suited for College of Community Innovation and Education students majoring in secondary content areas. This minor is not available to students in pending status in a College of Community Innovation and Education teaching certification major. Students who successfully complete this minor can expect to increase their marketability in educational professions that serve English learners. This minor is designed to promote student success in Pre-K through 12 instructional settings, but does not directly qualify students for teacher certification, ESOL Endorsement, or admission into the College of Community Innovation and Education.

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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

The Languages Other Than English (LOTE) minor is well suited for College of Community Innovation and Education students majoring in another secondary content area. It is also intended to provide students outside the College of Community Innovation and Education (such as students enrolled in Interdisciplinary Studies, International and Global Studies, or programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) a limited but substantial experience in the field of professional education. This minor is not available to students in pending status for a teacher certification program in the College of Community Innovation and Education. Students who successfully complete this minor can expect to increase their marketability in careers that include educational components such as instructing, training, and lecturing. This minor is designed to promote student success in instructional settings, particularly in the K-12 school setting, but does not directly qualify students for teacher certification, endorsements, or admission into the College of Community Innovation and Education.

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Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificates

ESOL Endorsement K-12

The Graduate Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement K-12 is designed to prepare certified teachers with specialized knowledge and training in the five areas required by the state of Florida to teach in a K-12 setting: applied linguistics, curriculum, testing, methodology and cross-cultural awareness. The ESOL K-12 is an endorsement that is added onto an existing teaching certification. This endorsement, therefore, is for certified teachers or students currently seeking certification with the State of Florida only. The number of non-native students in the K-12 setting in the state of Florida as well as in most states is rapidly increasing. These students represent an array of different languages and cultural backgrounds. With these changes in K-12 schools comes more demand for qualified teachers who have the necessary knowledge and skills to work with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.

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teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) graduate certificate builds knowledge and skills in teaching and assessing academic subjects and supporting second language acquisition and literacy for teaching English learners in PreK-12 schools. The graduate certificate is designed for College of Community Innovation and Education students pursuing graduate initial certification degrees in secondary content areas, school leadership, or student support fields. Students who successfully complete this graduate certificate can expect to increase their marketability in educational professions that serve English learners in PreK-12 settings. This graduate certificate is designed to promote student success in PreK-12 schools but does not directly qualify students for teacher certification. Courses used to earn this certificate may not also be used to earn the World Languages Education – Languages Other Than English (LOTE) graduate certificate.

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Languages Other Than English

The Languages Other Than English (LOTE) graduate certificate builds knowledge and skills in teaching and assessing academic subjects and supporting second language acquisition and literacy for teaching languages other than English. The graduate certificate is well suited for students pursuing a graduate degree in a language other than English or for students with graduate standing who are proficient in a LOTE that they would like to teach.

Students who successfully complete this graduate certificate can expect to increase their marketability in careers that include educational components such as instructing, training and lecturing. This graduate certificate is designed to promote student success in instructional settings, particularly in the PreK-12 school setting, but does not directly qualify students for teacher certification or ESOL Endorsement. Courses used to earn this certificate may not also be used to earn the World Languages Education – English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) graduate certificate.

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Doctoral Program

Doctor of Philosophy

Education PhD, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The University of Central Florida is uniquely positioned to meet the critical need for advanced degrees in TESOL. Faculty from the College of Community Innovation and Education and the College of Arts and Humanities approach TESOL issues from multiple perspectives and collaborate in teaching and research.

Combining the interdisciplinary expertise of faculty in two Colleges, the PhD Track in TESOL offers students in-depth experiences in the research, theory, and practice of TESOL, as well as flexibility in selecting a complementary cognate that meets their professional goals.

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