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.

Requirements for Graduation

Bachelor of Science in Education

I. Candidates for B.S.Ed. in the School of Education and Human Development must complete the credit hours of work and achieve the quality point average specified for students in the University at large as stated in the section ACADEMIC REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES, subject to regulations concerning the major specified in departmental and program sections of this Bulletin.

Exemption

Exempted is interpreted to refer exclusively to those exemptions provided under the following headings:

  1. Advanced Standing and Placement (Credit Hour Granted);
  2. Credit by Examination;
  3. Advanced Placement (by proficiency examination);
  4. Statement of Foreign Language Requirements;

Florida Teacher Certification (FTCE)

Students must pass the Professional Education, General Knowledge and Subject Area tests of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE).

Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS)

Students must complete the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) and the P- 12 Student Impact Project requirements. Monitoring of FEAPs and progress made toward program completion in the Teacher Education program will occur at the following checkpoints: Students enrolled in all teacher-education programs will submit complete portfolios at

  1. application to student teaching and
  2. at the end of TAL 480/TAL 580.

In addition, students enrolled in all teacher-education programs will submit e-portfolios via Live Text as follows

  • TAL 306 Field Experience Seminar I (Must submit an artifact in order to receive a passing grade).
  • TAL 429 Field Experience Seminar II (Must submit an artifact in order to receive a passing grade).
  • Elementary/ESE major will submit a portfolio artifact through LiveText during (or at the latest) upon completion of TAL 420 and TAL 426;
  • Music Education major will submit a portfolio artifact through LiveText during or (at the latest) upon completion of TAL 506.

Departmental Proficiency Examinations

Except where a required course is one designated to correct a deficiency in his/her college preparation, the student may apply the credit hours of any required course from which he is exempted toward the credit hours specified for that subject as a general requirement for graduation and, upon payment of a recording fee, toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation. (See Departmental Proficiency Examinations.) An exemption may be granted for ENG 105, but these credit hours may not be applied toward the 120 credit hours required for graduation.

Credit Only

Only free electives may be taken under this option. Courses which satisfy the major, minor, the distributions of the School, the General Education Requirements of the University or any course for which a C or better is required may not be taken for credit only.

Transfer Credit

Transferred credit hours may not count toward the completion of a major without the written approval of the Assistant Dean of the School of Education and Human Development.

Required Areas of Study

English Composition 3 – 6 credit hours
Students fulfill this requirement by satisfactorily completing ENG 105 and ENG 106 or its equivalent. Appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) scores in English composition may be used to satisfy the ENG 105/ENG 106 requirement. An appropriate score on the SAT or ACT verbal examination may earn a student exemption from, but not credit hour in, ENG 105.
Appropriate scores on other tests determined by the Department of English may earn a student exemption from, but not credit hour in, ENG 105. Courses satisfying the English Composition requirement may not be used to fulfill the Writing Across the Curriculum Required Area of Study.

Mathematics
B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete MTH 113 or higher. Students who do not place directly into MTH 113 must enroll in either MTH 099 or MTH 101 based on results of placement tests.

Foreign Languages (not applicable)

Areas of Knowledge and Cognate Requirements

The University of Miami’s General Education requirements ensure that graduates have acquired essential intellectual skills and have engaged a range of academic disciplines.  All new students will fulfill the General Education requirements by selecting a Cognate, which is a cluster of courses arranged by their content, field and interest.

  • A cognate is a group of at least three related courses for at least 9 credit hours.
  • The courses in a cognate are related in a topical, thematic, interdisciplinary, sequential, or other such fashion, so that completion of a cognate provides coherent depth of knowledge in the area.
  • Student must take three cognates to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge requirement,
    • one in the Arts & Humanities (A&H),
    • one in People & Society (P&S), and
    • one in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).
  • Each cognate has course options that allow students to complete the cognate in ways that meet their individual interests, while staying within the coherent focus of the cognate.
  • In addition to the cognates that have been designed by faculty, each major and minor fulfills the cognate requirement in one area.
    • Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training majors will fulfill the STEM cognate.
    • Sport Administration, Human and Social Development, and Elementary/ESE majors will fulfill the P&S cognate.
  • An approved list of cognates can be found on the University of Miami website.

Writing

Every student majoring in Teaching and Learning, will meet the  Advanced Writing and Communication Requirement upon fulfillment of their major courses. These courses have a prerequisite requirement of  ENG 105 and ENG 106 and will be identified as either writing intensive or as an oral/verbal communication proficiency course or both. Digital competency for both written and oral competencies will be assessed. Writing intensive courses require a minimum of 2500 written words; assignments will be assessed for analytical ability, synthesis of information, grammar, content and style. Courses designated as an oral/verbal proficiency class will provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their presentation skills using accurate standard English structure and syntax, non-verbal cues and gestures, as well as audience appropriate language. Courses for the TAL Major which meet the Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement are TAL 332 and TAL 426

Majors

Every candidate for the B.S.Ed. degree in the Department of Teaching and Learning must choose a major in Elementary/Exceptional Student Education (ESE) with ESOL and Reading endorsements.

Minors

Every candidate for a B.S. Ed. in Elementary Education/ESE must select a minor outside of the department of TAL.

Electives

Electives may be chosen from any courses offered by the University. The student should consult an advisor before selecting elective courses. At least 6 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above. Students may select elective course credits beyond the major, minor and general education requirements to complete a total of 120 credits required for the degree.

Note: Common prerequisites and total length for state-approved teacher education programs are subject to revision based on legislative and State of Florida Department of Education rule changes.

General Education Assessment 

Seniors are required to participate in the General Education Assessment prior to graduation as a part of the SACS review process.

Please note: Students may not register for any class above TAL 332 without admission to Teacher Candidacy. Please see the requirements for Teacher Candidacy on the TAL Department page.

Please note: Students are strongly encouraged to register for TAL 203 and TAL 324.

Curriculum Requirements

Major Requirements
TAL 103Psychological Foundations of Education3
TAL 305Classroom and Behavior Management3
TAL 306Field Experience Seminar I0
TAL 308Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children3
TAL 322Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary School3
TAL 323Science Instruction in the Elementary School3
TAL 330Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Individuals3
TAL 332Assessment of Exceptional Students3
TAL 420Introduction to Literacy, Assessment, and Instruction in Elementary School3
TAL 426Practicum in Reading3
TAL 428ESOL Curriculum and Methods and Assessments3
TAL 429Field Experience Seminar Ii0
TAL 432Inclusive Models Of Teaching3
TAL 434Specialized Instructional Strategies/Transition3
TAL 470Student Teaching In The Elementary School9
TAL 480Seminar On Teaching3
Other Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 101Algebra for College Students3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor15
General Elective27
Total Credit Hours120
*

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in their major.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
TAL 103 Psychological Foundations of Education 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM or General Elective 3
UMX 101  
 Credit Hours15
Spring
TAL 305 Classroom and Behavior Management 3
TAL 306 Field Experience Seminar I (online component) 0
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
TAL 308 Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children 3
TAL 330 Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Individuals 3
TAL 322 or 323 Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary School
or Science Instruction in the Elementary School
3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
TAL 332 Assessment of Exceptional Students 3
TAL 420 Introduction to Literacy, Assessment, and Instruction in Elementary School 3
TAL 421 Language Arts And Social Studies In The Elementary School 3
Minor or General Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
TAL 322 or 323 Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary School
or Science Instruction in the Elementary School
3
TAL 426 Practicum in Reading 3
TAL 432 Inclusive Models Of Teaching 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Spring
TAL 428 ESOL Curriculum and Methods and Assessments 3
TAL 429 Field Experience Seminar Ii (online component) 0
TAL 434 Specialized Instructional Strategies/Transition 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
TAL 480 Seminar On Teaching 3
TAL 470 Student Teaching In The Elementary School 9
 Credit Hours12
Spring
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120