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Program at a Glance

Program
Graduate Certificate
College(s)
College of Community Innovation and Education
Department(s)
Teacher Education, Schl of
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The Graduate Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement K-12 is designed to prepare certified teachers with specialized knowledge and training in the five areas required by the state of Florida to teach in a K-12 setting: applied linguistics, curriculum, testing, methodology and cross-cultural awareness.

Teaching K-12 requires a primary teaching certification. The ESOL K-12 is an endorsement that is added to an existing teaching certification. This endorsement, therefore, is for certified teachers or students currently seeking certification with the State of Florida only.

The number of non-native students in the K-12 setting in the state of Florida as well as in most states is rapidly increasing. These students represent an array of different languages and cultural backgrounds. With these changes in K-12 schools comes more demand for qualified teachers who have the necessary knowledge and skills to work with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.

The ESOL Endorsement K-12 Graduate Certificate provides students with specialized knowledge and training in the five endorsement areas required for teachers in the state of Florida. The certificate focuses on the five areas required by the state of Florida to teach in a K-12 setting: applied linguistics, curriculum, testing, methodology, and cross-cultural awareness. Successful completion of the certificate meets the requirements for the state of Florida add-on endorsement for ESOL K-12.

No course substitutions are allowed. Upon successful completion, students will need to complete separate paperwork with the state of Florida for official recognition of this endorsement.

Total Credit Hours Required: 15 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The ESOL Endorsement K-12 Graduate Certificate has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-ESOL-Endorsement-GC.pdf.

Application Deadlines

Spring
December 1
Summer
April 1
Fall
July 1

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