Teacher Certification

Certification Course List

The courses listed below are offered by the College of Education for initial certification, the addition of a subject area to an existing teaching certificate, or renewal of a valid teaching certificate.

Please note, you will need to check with your district and/or the Florida Department of Education to determine if the courses you select will meet certification requirements.

The Florida Department of Education website lists various types of recertification options on their Florida Educator Certification Renewal Requirements webpage.

Teaching Students with Disabilities

EBD 6246 Educating Students with Autism 
This course is designed to aid participants in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to support the learning of children with autism spectrum disorders including instructional strategies, classroom organization, and teaming with families and professionals.

EEX 6248 Instructional Approaches for Exceptional Populations
In-depth study of instructional strategies that are effective when teaching students with emotional disturbance, mental retardation, and learning disabilities. Content includes techniques for curriculum adaptation, IEP development; direct, data-based and metacognitive strategy instruction; and micro-computer applications

EEX 6619 Positive Behavior Support Low Incidence Intellectual Disab. & ASD 
Disabilities Knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of positive behavior support for students with s/pintellect. disab and/or autism spectrum disorder. Communicative function of challenging behaviors, teaching new skills & prevention.

EEX 6025 Trends & Issues in Special Education 
Survey of all exceptionalities including current trends and issues related to the field of special education.

EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom 
Designed for non-special education majors. Includes basic identification techniques and strategies to promote academic and social integration and interaction of "mainstreamed" exceptional students on current field experience projects are included.

Classroom management including safe learning environments

EDE 6506 Managing and Differentiating the Instructional Environment in Elementary Schools (Classroom Management for Elementary program) 
Examines the legal issues affecting classroom/school management, school safety and professional ethics. Explores research and knowledge of best practices and a variety of teaching and management strategies for a diverse elementary classroom setting.
Term Offered: Fall

ESE 5344 Classroom Management (Middle and High School Programs) 
This course covers practical, theoretical, philosophical and ethical aspects of school and society, the education profession, and secondary schools with particular focus on classroom management, school violence, school safety, educational law and other critical social issues.
Term Offered: Summer

Human development and learning

EDF 6211 Psychological Foundations of Education 
Selected topics in psychology of human development and learning, related to schools and educational settings.
Term Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Educational assessment to include the content measured by state achievement tests and the interpretation and utilization of data to improve student achievement

EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement 
Basic measurement concepts, role of measurement in education, construction of teacher-made tests and other classroom assessments, interpretation of standardized tests, and fundamental descriptive statistics for use in test interpretation.
Term Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Effective instructional strategies including the needs of diverse learners

EDE 6326 Instructional Planning for Diverse Learners (Elementary programs) 
Introduction to the theories and practices that support children's learning. Includes accessing resources that support teaching, developing lessons, designing appropriate assessments, and the elements that influence instructional decision-making.
Term Offered: Summer

ESE 5342 Teaching the Adolescent Learner (Middle and HS programs) 
Emphasis is placed on adolescent developmental and learning needs linking them to practices in the classroom appropriate to the diverse secondary education population (ESOL, special education, multicultural, at-risk, etc.) in preparation for planning responsive standards-based instruction.
Term Offered: Summer 2021 and Spring 2022

Curriculum and special methods of teaching the subject area

FLE 5313 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages and ESOL in the Elementary School 
This course is designed to provide training in the theory and methods of teaching foreign languages and ESOL in the elementary school (FLES) to both pre- and in-service teachers. Term Offered: Fall

FLE 5331 Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages and ESOL in the Secondary School 
This course provides for the development of knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students to assume roles as foreign language (FL) and ESOL teachers at the secondary school level. It represents the second part of a sequence of methods courses.
Term Offered: Spring

LAE 6325 Methods of Teaching Middle School Language Arts 
Balanced literacy methods for integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and critical thinking activities into a literature based program for middle school students. Note: This course has a field component of 36 hours.
Term Offered: Fall

LAE 6339 Methods of Teaching Secondary English Language Arts 
Balanced literacy methods for integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and critical thinking activities into a literature-based program for secondary school students. Note: This course has a field component of 36 hours.
Term Offered: Spring

MAE 6356 Teaching of Pre-Secondary School Mathematics 
Development of strategies and materials for teaching mathematical concepts and skills appropriate to pre-secondary school years.
Term Offered: Fall

MAE 6362 Senior High Mathematics Methods 
This course is designed to prepare teachers for a successful induction to teaching mathematics in the high schools of today. It is designed to bridge the perceived gap between theory and practice.
Term Offered: Spring

SCE 5325 Methods of Middle Grades Science Education 
Prepares 5-9 science teachers to teach science skills, content; interrelationship, applications of science as a human endeavor; nature of science; instructional methods; nature scientific inquiry; development of science process skills; integration of subject areas; & assessment.
Term Offered: Fall or Spring

SCE 5337 Methods of Secondary Science Education 
Course concentrates on goals, subject matter teaching strategies for high school curricula; assessment and using data to improve student achievement; and development pedagogical content knowledge as it pertains to the teaching and learning of science.
Term Offered: Fall or Spring

SSE 5331 Foundations, Curriculum and Instruction of Social Science Education 
Social studies curriculum, methods of instruction and social, philosophical and psychological foundations are examined. Students are expected to plan and present instructional plan(s) appropriate to middle and secondary school levels demonstrating command of the course content.
Term Offered: Fall or Spring

Foundations of research-based practices in teaching reading in the content area

LAE 6738 Teaching Reading in English Curriculum 
Course is to improve the quality of reading instruction in mid & sec English classes through the study of the reading process, research, & evaluation related to sec reading, understand how research impacts instruction, process of educational reform.
Term Offered: Fall

MAE 6643 Communication Skills in Mathematics 
This course examines issues related to communicating in mathematics, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It satisfies the reading in the content area mandate for certification.
Term Offered: Summer

SCE 5564 Reading and Communication in Science Education 
This course prepares secondary science teachers to teach literacy practices in science. It includes methods for selecting appropriate reading and language approaches. Communication in science and functional aspects of scientific literacy are examined.
Term Offered: Fall or Spring

SSE 5641 Reading and Basic Skills in the Content Area (Social Science) 
Reading skills and the other basic skills as applied to the social studies are examined. Students are expected to plan and present instructional plan(s) appropriate to the social studies classroom demonstrating command of the course content. Fieldwork in a middle school is required.
Term Offered: Fall or Spring

Applications of research-based instructional practices in reading

RED 6365 Disciplinary Literacies and Reading
Compares the reading, writing, thinking, and discourse across various professional and educational learning contexts. Students research and implement their learning into various disciplinary discourse communities.
Term offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

Instructional strategies for teaching students of limited English proficiency including instruction in the English language and development of the student's mastery of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing

Note: Teaching experience cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

TSL 4324 ESOL Competencies and Strategies
Designed to enable participants to meet the special limitations and cultural educational needs of LEP students in content area classes. Designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for ESOL competencies and strategies.
Term Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

TSL 5325 ESOL Strategies for Content Area Teachers (Middle and High School Programs)
Course designed for public school teachers working with limited English Proficient (foreign) students in the classroom. The new ESOL requirements specify that this course be offered to content area teachers and to ESOL teachers.
Term Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

TSL 5085 ESOL I: Theory and Practice of Teaching English Language Learners
This course is for undergraduate degree holding, preprofessional (preservice) teachers to learn about appropriate instruction, assessment and learning opportunities for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the content areas.
Term Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer