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5-Year Master in Elementary Education Program

Five Year Teacher Education Program

The School of Education offers a State Approved Five Year Program for students to graduate with both the Master in Education and Bachelors in Science. This program prepares students to teach in the State of Florida and 44 reciprocal states. Students receive both degrees upon successful completion of the program.

Teacher Education candidates complete a Program of Study closely aligned with the State of Florida Statute for Teacher Certification (Statute 6A.5006). Students in the Elementary Education Concentration, upon completion of the Program of Study are endorsed to teach Reading and ESOL. Students following the Physical Education Concentration are certified to teach in   K-12 settings.


Teacher Certification

Students must apply to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for their teacher certification at A certification gained after graduating from a State Approved Teacher Education Program in the State of Florida holds reciprocity with 44 other states in the U.S. Upon graduation of the School of Education State Approved Teacher Education Program, official Jacksonville University transcripts provides notation of State Approved completion status.

The School of Education maintains a 100% pass rate on all FTCE Exams.


Program Requirements


Elementary Education Program Requirements

Jacksonville University, School of Education maintains a 100% pass rate for all State Approved Teacher Education Program candidates on all Florida Teacher Certification Examinations.
Admissions Requirements
All students must apply to the Five Year Teacher Education Program during the first year in Education courses:
1. GPA 2.5 or above
2. Fingerprinting and successful background check
3. * Pass on the General Knowledge FTCE Exam
4. Submit SOE 5 Year Teacher Education Program Application
Requirements for application to the Graduate (fifth-year) program (must be a JU student):
1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 and/or a score of 1000 on the GRE
2. *Pass on the Subject Area and Professional Educators FTCE Exams
3. Passed all Program required classes with a 'C' or higher.
4. Submit Student Teaching Application
5. Submit Fifth Year Teacher Education Program Application and references
* Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) documentation must be on file in the School of Education office at time of application.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the State-Approved Teacher Education Program are as follows:
1. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in order to remain in good standing.
2. 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 Program.
Program Completion
1. Students receive both degrees (B.S./M.Ed.) at the successful completion of the M.Ed. coursework.
2. Students must pass all state and program related examinations

Field Placements

Each semester, every student has a field placement as part of their education class. The student begins with observations and builds over time to full-time student teaching in the final year. Field placements require the student to organize their class schedule with the schedule of the teacher they are placed with. Field placements are a wonderful opportunity to work in a wide range of settings with a variety of students.
Background Check Requirements
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 and Education Minor 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-$90 and must be paid before the fingerprint appointment. Fingerprinting is the responsibility of the student. Field experiences will not be offered to students failing background and/or fingerprinting clearance.
Field Experience
All field experiences are off campus at K-12 schools in Duval County.

Program of Study


Elementary Education Major (M.Ed., B.S.)

The following course sequence is recommended to all Elementary Education Major students who come to Jacksonville University as a freshman. Any deviation from this plan may lead to additional semesters at Jacksonville University.
Fall Semester 1                                            Spring Semester 2
EDU 102
Human Devel. & Learning
EDU 115
PM 2 ESOL 1: Cross Cultural Communication and Understanding
EDU 103
PM 1 Intro & Foundations
*PS 104/116
Astronomy and Lab
*MATH 110
Math of Motion & Change
*ENGL 203
World Literature
*ENGL 103
Intro to Writing
*CS 150
Personal Prod Using Technology
*HIST 150
Modern World
Total Credits: 15                                                                                Total Credits: 16
Fall Semester 3                                                   Spring Semester 4
EDU 202
PM 3 Planning & Curr.
EDU 302
PM 4 Instr. Strat. & Classroom Manag.
ELE 202
CM 1 Math I
EDU 231
Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
*ECON 201
*POL 205
American Gov’t & Politics
EDU 248
ESOL 2: Methods of Teaching ESOL
*PHIL 101
Intro to Phil.
EDU 446-1
Practicum in Schools
IS xxx
JU Core
EDU 446-2
Practicum in Schools
Total Credits: 15                                                                                Total Credits: 15
Fall Semester 5                                              Spring Semester 6
EDU 349
ESOL 3: Curriculum and Materials
ELE 305
CM 5 Math II
ELE 301
CM 3 Social Studies
ELE 307
CM 6 Science
ELE 303
CM 4 Technology
ELE 313
Research Based Instructional Reading Practices
ELE 311
Foundations of Reading Instruction
EDU 446-4
Practicum in Schools
EDU 446-3
Practicum in Schools
Total Credits: 17                                                                               Total Credits: 14
Fall Semester 7                                               Spring Semester 8
EDU 416
PM 5 Best Practices in Teaching
EDU 417
PM 6 Assessment of Learning
ELE 413
Foundations of Reading Assessment
ELE 417
CM 8 Foundations of Applications of Diff. Instr.
EDU 455
ESOL 4: Applied Linguistics for ESOL Education
EDU 456
ESOL 5: Testing and Evaluation of ESOL
HUM xxx
JU Core
EDU xxx
Education Course TBD
FA xxx
Fine Arts Core
EDU 446-6
Practicum in Schools
EDU 446-5
Practicum in Schools
Total Credits: 15                                                                               Total Credits: 15
Master’s Year:
Fall Semester 9                                                 Spring Semester 10
ELE 501
Demonstrations for Reading Endorsement
EDU 533
Teacher Leadership I
EDU 513
Introduction to Action Research in Education
EDU 534
Teacher Leadership II
EDU 524
Student Teaching Seminar
EDU 543
Action Research I
EDU 553
Student Teaching
EDU 548
Action Research II
EDU 525
Graduate Seminar
EDU 546
Practicum in Schools
Total Credits: 15                                                                               Total Credits: 15
The preceding Program of Study (POS) is required for Elementary Education majors. **The POS consists of 152 hours, which includes 3 hours of required electives. Any deviation from this plan may lead to additional semesters at Jacksonville University. Transfer students and students changing majors must meet with an Education Faculty Advisor to develop a Program of Study prior to registration for Education courses.
All courses with a prefix of EDU or ELE must have a grade of “C” or better. The School of Education does not grant + or – grades. All courses designated with an asterisk (*) must have a grade of C- or better.
The State-Approved Elementary Education Teaching Program prepares students in the Teacher Education major for certified positions as elementary education teachers in public and private school settings, grades K-6.