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Department of Childhood Education

and Literacy Studies

Elementary Education Program K-6 Certification

Students may complete a state-approved program to be eligible for certification in Elementary Education (Grades K-6). The current program of studies includes both coursework and extensive field experience in elementary school settings to enable students to integrate theory with teaching practice. A professional portfolio that reflects students' demonstration of the Accomplished Practices (APs) is a requirement for graduation. Degree and certification requirements are subject to change in accordance with state mandates.To avoid potential problems with graduation and meeting program requirements, if you wish to take a course at a campus other than USF-Tampa, you must consult first with your academic advisor in EDU 106.  A course substitution request may be required.

Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement
The College of Education offers a full state of Florida ESOL Endorsement for all Elementary Education major graduates. The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are as follows: Successful completion of (1) ESOL 1, 2, and 3, with a minimum grade of 70% or better on all three sections of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the three ESOL courses; (2) a 20-hour early ESOL field experience in ESOL 1; (3) a late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over 10 days; and (4) complete all ESOL Chalk & Wire assignments as required.

Internships and Field Experiences
Coursework includes field experiences and internships in schools.  Students must have an overall USF GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.5 in the combined Professional Core and Teaching Specialization prior to final internship and graduation.  Part-time students (those planning to take 9 hours or less per semester) must meet program and internship requirements associated with the programs. These requirements include being available to participate in the internships during regular school hours.  Students who withdraw from or who have unsatisfactory grades in the field experiences or internships must petition the Department’s Professional Standards Committee before they will be allowed to repeat the internships. Starting Fall 2011 semester, for Final Internship, Elementary Education students can intern in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties only.  Guest internships are not allowed for students accepted into the Elementary Education program in Spring 2011 or later.

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