Elementary/Exceptional Student Education (ESE) with ESOL & Reading Endorsements – B.S.

Teaching and Learning

Elementary/Exceptional Student Education (ESE) with ESOL & Reading Endorsements

B.S.

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. Our Teaching and Learning department received a grant of $1.5 million from the United States Department of Education’s Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) to restructure our program to prepare teachers for dual certification in general and exceptional student education, and the resulting program is called Project INCLUDE: Inclusive, Collaborative, Leaders United for Diversity in Education. Through Project INCLUDE, we have created the Elementary/Exceptional Student Education/ Reading and ESOL Endorsement program.

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.

A major in education consists of a traditional four-year program. Field experiences and student teaching placements in a wide variety of schools make University of Miami students among the best-prepared teachers anywhere. Students are placed primarily in the Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) district. This school district, the fourth-largest in the nation, serves a diverse student body consisting of children whose families speak over 100 different home languages, thus providing a rich environment for UM students to engage in practical teaching experiences under the guidance of mentor teachers in the district. Five M-DCPS schools have been selected as UM Professional Development School sites, and these schools provide the ideal setting for a dynamic collaboration that transforms educational theory into practice.


Required Coursework

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers a major in Elementary/Exceptional Student Education that leads to certification in Elementary Education (K-6)/ESE (K-12) with ESOL and Reading endorsements. The requirements for Elementary/ESE Education are a major in Elementary/ESE Education and a minor outside of the Department of Teaching and Learning.


Major Requirements 42 Credits

TAL 103 Psychological Foundations of Education
TAL 305 Classroom and Behavior Management
TAL 306 Field Experience Seminar I
TAL 308 Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children
TAL 322 Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary School
TAL 323 Science Instruction in the Elementary School
TAL 330 Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Individuals
TAL 332 Assessment of Exceptional Students
TAL 420 Introduction to Literacy, Assessment, and Instruction in Elementary School
TAL 426 Practicum in Reading
TAL 428 ESOL Curriculum and Methods and Assessments
TAL 429 Field Experience Seminar II
TAL 432 Inclusive Models Of Teaching
TAL 434 Specialized Instructional Strategies/Transition
TAL 470 Student Teaching In The Elementary School
TAL 480 Seminar On Teaching

Fall

TAL 103 Psychological Foundations of Education
ENG 105 English Composition I
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students
Arts and Humanities Cognate
UMX 100 The University Of Miami Experience

Spring

TAL 305 Classroom and Behavior Management
TAL 306 Field Experience Seminar I (online component)
ENG 106 English Composition II
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics
Arts and Humanities Cognate
STEM Cognate

Fall

TAL 308 Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children
TAL 330 Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Individuals
TAL 322 or 323 Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary School or Science Instruction in the Elementary School
Arts and Humanities Cognate
STEM Cognate

Spring

TAL 332 Assessment of Exceptional Students
TAL 420 Introduction to Literacy, Assessment, and Instruction in Elementary School
Minor or General Elective
STEM Cognate

Fall

TAL 322 or 323 Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary School or Science Instruction in the Elementary School
TAL 426 Practicum in Reading
TAL 432 Inclusive Models Of Teaching
Minor
Minor
General Elective

Spring

TAL 428 ESOL Curriculum and Methods and Assessments
TAL 429 Field Experience Seminar Ii (online component)
TAL 434 Specialized Instructional Strategies/Transition
Minor
General Elective
General Elective

Fall

TAL 480 Seminar On Teaching
TAL 470 Student Teaching In The Elementary School

Spring

General Elective
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective
General Elective

Program Contact

Gina Astorini

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Services

305-284-3826


Room: Merrick Building 312-D

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