The Graduate Dual Language Certificate in Teaching and Leadership prepares students with specialized knowledge and skills to teach in a dual language setting. The purpose of this certificate is to provide, K‐12 teacher and other education professionals with specialized coursework in Dual Language programming. This construct is aimed for students to develop competencies in bilingualism, biliteracy, and multiculturalism. The design of this program is to develop leadership among teachers working or planning to work in a dual language or two‐way immersion programs in a K‐12 setting. The coursework in this certificate program will allow teachers and administrators to develop expertise in philosophical/ideological principles, pedagogy, and curriculum and program processes for effective biliteracy program development.
NOTE: Effective Fall 2018, this program is open only to prospective candidates from participating school partners. The program will be open to other prospective candidates in the future.
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. If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.
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.
Initial Teacher Professional Preparation
The Graduate Certificate in Initial Teacher Professional Preparation (ITPP) is designed for students who have secured a teaching position, plan to obtain a teaching position, or have a temporary teaching certificate. The Initial Teacher Preparation Program graduate certificate is not a Florida Department of Education state-approved teacher education program. The certificate offers foundation courses that can supplement partial requirements toward teacher certification. The ITPP does not include content area courses, internship, or certification exams.
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.
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Reading Education is to provide classroom teachers with an emphasis on research-based strategies for teaching reading. Courses in the graduate certificate program support the development of Florida Reading Endorsement Competencies.
The aim of the certificate program is to help prepare in-service classroom teachers in the teaching of reading through a straightforward, concise presentation of essential knowledge of performance areas. If your career plans include pursuing state-regulated professional licensure or certification in your chosen field, it is important to become educated on the credentialing requirements of the state in which you hope to practice.
Social Science Education
The Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is for teachers who instruct students in social science content in grade levels K-12. The program is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in social science classrooms. Graduates of the K-12 Social Science program form a strong infrastructure of teachers focusing on long-term impact in schools while helping students succeed in learning social science content. The focus of the K-12 Social Science Education Graduate Certificate is to provide all graduates with exceptional pedagogical and subject matter knowledge and skills by focusing on research-based, state-of-the-art best practices in social science education.