Secondary English Language Arts Education


The minor in Secondary English Language Arts Education is appropriate for students who wish to teach English Language Arts (ELA) at the middle school and high school levels in Florida. This is an alternative certification program, specifically a Professional Training Option (PTO), meant to prepare English students for temporary teacher certification in Florida. Professional teacher certification is attainable after one year of successful teaching in a Florida public school.

About this Program

The Secondary English Language Arts Education minor requires completion of coursework in the professional preparation areas of human development, learning, assessment, classroom management, instructional strategies, reading competency, curriculum, and special methods. Students have opportunities to integrate their teacher education coursework with practice in 6-12 environments focusing on learning ELA. This program includes field experiences in local schools. A level 2 background check (fingerprinting) by the School Board of Alachua County will be required before placement.

This minor is open to undergraduates with majors in English or related fields. Admission to this minor requires a UF GPA of 2.5 or better. Students must apply for acceptance to the minor within the college of their major and the College of Education after 45 but before 100 credits are earned.

Those pursuing the minor are encouraged to complete the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) General Knowledge Test (recommended in the junior year), the FTCE Subject Area Exam (recommended early in the senior year) and the FTCE Professional Education Test (recommended mid-senior year).

Required Courses

EDF 3604Social Foundations of Education3
ESE 4340CEffective Teaching and Classroom Management in Secondary Education3
EDG 4078Experiential Learning in Education3
LAE 4335Introduction to Secondary English Language Arts Methods; Capstone (final semester)3
TSL 3323ESOL and Reading for Teachers3
Total Credits15