The School of Education (SOE) prepares teacher-leaders to transform education
in the State of Florida and in the United States. Our faculty, students, and
alumni study and solve the most critical challenges facing education: teacher
shortages, assessment of learning, the achievement gap, and diversity of
learners, to name a few. Our programs focus upon shaping how people teach, learn
and lead in educational settings.
The School of Education (SOE) Teacher Education State Approved Program
completers achieve 100% pass rate on all Florida Teacher Certification
TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS
of Education offers a combined Five-Year Masters of Education (M.Ed.) and
Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree. Teacher Education candidates complete a
Program of Study (POS) closely aligned with the State of Florida Statute for
Teacher Certification (Statute 6A.5006). This program prepares students to teach
in the State of Florida and reciprocal states. Students receive both degrees
upon successful completion of the program.
- Students in the Elementary Education Concentration, upon completion of the
Program of Study (POS), receive a combined B.S. and M.Ed. degree in Elementary
Education, are certified to teach in grades K-6, and receive Reading and English
for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsements.
- Students following the Physical Education Concentration, upon completion of
the Program of Study (POS), receive a combined B.S. and M.Ed. degree in Physical
Education and are certified to teach in grades K-12 settings.
Students must apply to the Florida
Department of Education (FLDOE) for teacher certification at http://www.fldoe.org/.
A certification gained after graduating from a State Approved Teacher Education
Program in the State of Florida allows students to teach in Florida and
reciprocal states. Upon graduation from the School of Education State Approved
Teacher Education Program, official Jacksonville University transcript provides
notation of State Approved completion status.
All students must apply and be accepted to the Teacher Education
Preparation (TEP) Program by the end of the sophomore year in the TEP Program.
To be accepted into the TEP Program and continue taking TEP coursework, the
following criteria must be met:
- Undergraduate GPA 2.5 or above
- Fingerprinting and successful background check (Duval County Public School
District), must be completed by end of first month in first TEP course
- Pass all four sections of the General Knowledge Test (Mathematics, Reading,
English, & Essay)*
Requirements for application to the Graduate (Fifth-Year) program:
- Must be a fully admitted Teacher Education student
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and/or a score of 1000 on the GRE
- GRE required regardless of Undergraduate GPA. However, students with
Undergraduate GPAs of 2.50 to 2.99 must score a minimum of 1000 combined on the
- Passing score on the Subject Area Examination (Either Elementary Education,
K-6 or Physical Education, K-12)*
- Passing score on the Professional Educators Examination*
- All courses with a prefix of EDU, ELE, and PE must have a grade of "C" or
better. All courses with an asterisk (*) must have a grade of "C-" or better.
- Submit Student Teaching Application
- Submit Fifth Year Teacher Education Program Application
* Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) documentation must be
on file in the School of Education office at time of application to the
fifth-year of the program.
The Coordinator of Educational Programs (CEP)
is the Certification Ombudsman responsible for answering questions pertaining to
Florida Teacher Certification. The CEP is located in the School of Education
Requirements for the State-Approved Teacher Education Preparation
Programs are as follows:
- Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in order to remain in
good standing. If the GPA drops below a 2.50, the student is placed on academic
probation for one semester. Failure to fulfill the required GPA after one (1)
semester probation will result in loss of candidacy in the State Approved
- Students will be evaluated on professional disposition indicators throughout
- All courses with a prefix of EDU, ELE, and PE must have a grade of “C” or
better. All classes with an asterisk (*) must have a grade of "C-" or better.
The School of Education does not grant + or –grades.
Participation in field experiences,
which occur in public educational settings in Duval County and are required
throughout the Teacher Preparation Program, necessitate finger printing and
successful background clearance. Teacher Education Program students MUST be
fingerprinted and have a cleared background check through Duval County Public
Schools at the beginning of the first semester in the School of Education. The
cost of the fingerprinting varies usually between $80-$120 and must be paid
before the fingerprint appointment. Fingerprinting is the responsibility of the
student. Field experiences are only authorized for students with a successful
background check. Information pertaining to background checks are completed
through the office of the CEP located in the School of Education. All field
experiences are off campus at K-12 schools in Duval County and organized through
the office of the CEP. Field experiences, of 10-60 hours, are required each
semester as part of all Teacher Education Program classes. Additionally,
students must successfully complete a full-time, student teaching internship as
part of the program of study.
Requirements for program completion
are as follows:
- Students receive both degrees (M.Ed./B.S.) at the successful completion of
the M.Ed. coursework in Elementary Education and Physical Education.
- Students must pass all state and program related examinations.
- The Program of Study (POS) is required for Elementary Education majors. Any
deviation from this plan may lead to additional semesters at Jacksonville
- Transfer students and students changing majors must meet with an Education
Faculty Advisor to develop a Program of Study prior to registration for