Elementary Education

Inclusiveness is at the heart of our education mission. This means learning to teach in a way that includes and builds on the cultural, linguistic, and individual skills of all children, with an emphasis on their learning strengths.

The Elementary/Exceptional Student Education major leads to eligibility for State of Florida certification in both Elementary (K-6) and Exceptional Student Education (K-12). This program offers students the opportunity to earn two certifications and two endorsements – a combination that is rarely available in an undergraduate teacher-preparation program! The first of its kind in Florida, this program is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the elementary level and/or in special education at the elementary or secondary level. This major also leads to eligibility for endorsements in Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), making our graduates well-qualified to meet the educational needs of diverse learners, and therefore highly sought-after for job opportunities upon graduation.

Academic Area Contact

Walter G. Secada

Senior Associate Dean, School of Education and Human Development Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning


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