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Welcome to the

UF College of Education

Thank you for taking time to explore the College of Education at the
University of Florida. It's impossible to do justice to our innovative
programs, distinguished faculty, bright students and beautiful campus in
the few pages of text and photos offered here. But we hope to provide a
microcosmic view that inspires you to learn more about us by visiting our
website (www.education.ufl.edu), talking to our alumni or students, or,
best of all, by visiting us.
The task of preparing tomorrow's teachers and education leaders
has never been more daunting. Teachers, school counselors and
psychologists, principals and school administrators bear a huge
responsibility to educate our nation's youth in the midst of complex
social conditions and increasing demands upon schools. Now more than
ever, a sound education is essential to success in life. At the UF College of
Education, we meet these challenges by grounding our curriculum and
research programs in the everyday realities of contemporary classroom
and community life.
A common thread that links many of our programs is a commitment to
the "scholarship of engagement" philosophy, or outreach scholarship that
contributes to the public good. We are rolling up our sleeves, partnering
with disadvantaged schools and assuming some responsibility and
accountability for improving student achievement and teacher quality
and retention. At the same time, we are exposing our students to hands-on
experiences early on and preparing them for long and rewarding careers
in the education discipline of their choice.
In the following pages, we hope we aptly convey our legacy of
leadership and vision in addressing the most pressing education needs of
the day, for our state, nation and world.

One of America's

best colleges

The University of Florida College of Education, founded in 1906
in Gainesville, Fla., consistently ranks in the Top 35 among public
education schools of the elite Association of American Universities.
Over the past century, Florida's flagship teaching college has produced
a steady succession of outstanding educators and scholars in teaching,
counseling and administration. Innovative research and initiatives that
enhance school improvement, student achievement and leadership
development in the numerous education disciplines are hallmarks of
the college. UF education faculty have pioneered landmark initiatives
such as:
Head Start
the community college system
the middle school movement
school desegregation
school counseling programs, and
Florida's first laboratory school
Today, more than 1,900 education students are enrolled in 45
bachelor's and advanced degree programs, offered within five
academic units:
Counselor Education
Educational Administration & Policy
Educational Psychology
Special Education
Teaching and Learning
To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century,
heightened emphasis on emerging technology, advanced graduate
studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare
tomorrow's leaders in all education professions.

Recent Rankings:
1St among education colleges in Florida
4th among all UF colleges of any
discipline at UF
22nd among public education schools
of the elite AAU institutions
Top 25-35 consistent ranking
among all graduate education schools
Source: U.S. News & World Report's "America's
Best Graduate Schools" reference guide

I chose UF because the College of
Education has the best program in
the country. As a well-trained and
prepared professional, I will be one
of the hottest commodities in the
country once I graduate.
Katura Watson
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"We are now at a point where

we must educate our children

in what no one knew yesterday,

and reopare our schools

for what no one knows yet."

Margaret Mead, anthropologist


The College of Education offers rigorous
scholarship, distinguished faculty, continuous
real-world experiences and nationally ranked
programs that prepare students to contribute
to the transformation of education in today's
rapidly changing world.
Our students truly have the best of both
worlds. They thrive in classes small enough
to get to know their professors as teachers,
mentors and friends. The relaxed and friendly
atmosphere brings together classmates
from diverse backgrounds who share similar
academic and personal interests. At the same
time, across the street on UF's busy main
campus, our students have access to the world-
class facilities and cultural amenities of one of
the nation's leading research universities.
We have a student body of nearly 800
undergraduate students and 1,100 graduate
students, drawn from all corners of the state
and world. Education students can choose from
more than 45 degree programs, offered in five
academic departments. Teacher education is
our largest program, followed by counselor
education, special education, educational
administration and policy, and educational

Demanding academics shine through in our ProTeach program, which was the .
nation's first mandatory five-year teacher education program. In graduate studies,
we are strengthening programs in critical specialty areas such as teaching and
research in high-poverty schools, international education and family-community "
Our push for high-level scholarship is yielding impressive results. Typically
each year, 100 percent of our teacher-education graduates pass the state teacher
certification exam. In our counselor education program, 99 percent of graduates
have passed the national or state counseling certification exam on the first attempt.
By demanding high achievement, our graduates can make life-altering changes in -00'
their lives and in the schools and communities in which they work and live.

"I was from another country, so I had culture
shock andfaced academic challenges when
,, I first arrived at UF. These people are nice
.-e _..and patient, providing me with u' !,,,liii,
and assistance. I was able to adjust to the
new culture and ,,,,i, c itii and successfully
survived my first year-the most difficult time."
Sia Ren
Doctoral student, Higher Education Administration

Programs and Degrees

The College of Education is starting its second century as Florida's flagship teacher preparation
program. Teaching, though, is just one of many career paths in education that students can
choose from in today's modern college. Our varied degree programs can lead to careers in school
counseling, education psychology, school and education administration, teaching or leadership
posts in higher education, and marriage or mental health counseling.
The College is organized into five academic units, all offering master's and advanced degrees,
along with undergraduate degree programs in teacher preparation and special education:

Counselor Education
A perennial Top 5 selection in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Counselor Education
offers three advanced degree programs-dual-degree master's of education and education
specialist (M.Ed. and Ed.S), education specialist (Ed.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.)-in three areas of
concentration: marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and school counseling and

Educational Administration And Policy
Educational Administration and Policy offers master's degrees in educational leadership
and in student personnel in higher education. Advanced degrees (Ed.S., Ph.D. and Ed.D) are
offered in a combined total of four concentration areas: education leadership, higher education
administration, curriculum and instruction leadership, and student personnel in higher education.

Educational Psychology
Offers degrees at the master's, specialist and doctoral
level in three broad concentration areas: educational
psychology, research and evaluation methodology, and
school psychology. Undergraduate courses are offered
in educational psychology, development, diversity and
educational measurement and assessment.

Special Education
Undergraduate students in this nationally ranked
program-consistently among the Top 10-participate
in the College's unique ProTeach program. They
complete their program with a fifth year of study as
post-baccalaureate or master's degree students in the
Unified Elementary program. A traditional master's
degree for non-ProTeach practitioners also is offered.
Advanced degrees (Ed.S., Ed.D. or Ph.D.) prepare
graduates for teaching, research and administrative
positions in colleges, universities and other
educational agencies.

Teaching and Learning
School faculty are responsible for ProTeach, the
nationally recognized, five-year teacher preparation
programs in elementary and secondary education.
The school offers bachelor's (B.A.E.), master's (M.A.E.,
M.Ed.), specialist (Ed.S.) and doctoral
(Ph.D., Ed.D) degree programs, including 15 in our
acclaimed curriculum and instruction specialty, to
prepare exemplary teachers, researchers and teacher
educators at all levels.

The ProTeach program has provided me with
extraordinarily diverse classroom experience
each and every semester. I have volunteered in
five elementary schools, each with a different
socioeconomic status, which better prepares me for
teaching today's assorted population of children.
Rachel Manes
ProTeach, Unified Elementary Education

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,. wth Research

Education faculty at the College and its K-12
Laboratory school (P.K. Yonge Developmental Research
School), together, have recently attracted more than
$7 million yearly in research and training grants.
The College's stepped-up research focus is reflected
in the recent creation of our Education Research
Office, whose staff is reshaping our research-funding
infrastructure and aggressively pursuing new external
Funding opportunities for research and training
Generating more opportunities for multi-site,
multidisciplinary collaborations is the key to greater
success in garnering large grant support. One such
program, funded by a Howard Hughes Medical
Institute grant, is UF's ambitious Science For Life
initiative, a 10-college partnership (including

Our mission aligns with the research-intensive

mission of the University of Florida, which is

rated as one of the nation's leading research

institutions by the Carnegie Commission on

Higher Education. I )y r aIo.

Education) with national and international collaborators working to
bolster undergraduate and pre-college experiences in the life sciences.
Education faculty and their graduate students are pursuing vital
research that is already making a dramatic impact on improving schools,
attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers at high-poverty schools
and improving student achievement. Our P.K. Yonge lab school and the
Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center, our laboratory pre-
school, are important centers for research and development on critical
education issues in grades K-12 and early childhood.
College-designated centers tackle some of the most critical education
issues, with new research conducted in the areas of school improvement,
counseling and substance abuse, personnel preparation in special
education, bilingual education, literacy, educational assessment and
professional development for novice teachers. Our academic departments
also have special research programs addressing vital topics such as
public school inclusion of exceptional students, community education,
community college leadership and learning-challenged student transition.
Our capital campaign goals reflect our research focus. We have targeted
adding more graduate fellowships and scholarships, endowed chairs and
named professorships such as our Irving and Rose Fien Professorship
in Education and our David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Professorship in
Early Childhood Studies. One of the College's most ambitious campaign
proposals is the planned expansion of Norman Hall to create an education
research and technology annex-to be called the Experiential Learning
Complex or ELC-where interdisciplinary research teams from across the
campus would adapt the latest information technologies to transform how
education has been traditionally defined and delivered.

Research comes to the top of the agenda once you
move into the doctoral program. The faculty's
active research life becomes visible and contagious.
Part of the program is to prepare us to be good
researchers and to recognize our responsibility to
contribute to the knowledge in our field.
Tina Tannen
Doctoral student, Counselor Education

"The great aim of education is not Engaged Scholarship

knowledge, but action." Engaged scholarship is a burgeoning movement among American
universities and colleges, and it is the core principle of a transformation the
College of Education is implementing in its research, teaching and service
Herbert Soencer, The philosophy broadens the concept of scholarship and academic
research to reflect the issues and concerns of society at large. UF education
lish ohilosooher faculty members are involved in an increasing number of outreach activities
that contribute to improved schools and student learning, while addressing
important social and community issues. Here are just a few examples:
UF "professors-in-residence" embed themselves in classrooms
throughout Florida to help high-poverty schools boost teacher retention
and student achievement.
Professors partner with public school educators to devise ways to include
more students with disabilities in regular classrooms.
A UF professor leads field trips for students to migrant farm worker
communities in South Florida to explore how communities can help
improve their lifestyle and educational opportunities.
Education technology researchers develop and evaluate online high
school lessons for rural or home-schooled students who otherwise might
not have access to such courses.
S UF education faculty with the Center for School Improvement lead
workshops across the state, allowing Florida teachers and administrators
to collaboratively assess their own teaching practices and share what they
have learned about school improvement.
.I .. m UF professors participate in site-based professional learning communities
focused on improving instructional practices and student achievement.
Engaged scholarship is based on a strong belief in the power of education to
make a difference in our world. Through collaborations with school districts,
Iw.L.. government agencies and community organizations, we can prepare the next
Generation of scholars, teachers and citizens as change agents for a more just
.a- _- and democratic society.

Affiliates, Centers and Institutes

By partnering with public schools, school districts and communities, UF education faculty are
working through several College-designated centers and institutes to meet Florida's varied and
fast-changing educational needs:

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School: Florida's first laboratory school was
established by the College in 1934 as a center of innovative educational program development and
dissemination for K-12 students. A leader in the Florida Reading Initiative, the PKY faculty provides
professional development to more than 70 schools in North Central Florida.

Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center: UF's on-campus daycare center
has expanded and strengthened its identity as a pre-school child development and research center
for the College of Education and UF.

UF Alliance: A school-improvement partnership between UF and high-poverty, low-performing
high schools across Florida, designed to improve educational opportunities for students in urban
communities and help schools improve student achievement, leadership and teacher quality.

Center for School Improvement: Cultivates UF partnerships with Florida schools to provide
"inquiry-based" professional development as a primary method of school improvement. Through
the inquiry process, educators collaboratively assess their own teaching practices and share what
they have learned to foster overall school improvement.

Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education (COPSSE): Research by center
faculty provides insights into critical special education issues concerning teacher preparation,
quality and retention.

Institute of Higher Education: UF resident faculty provide mentoring, networking and
continuing professional development opportunities for higher education practitioners and
leaders, with special emphasis on Florida community colleges and underrepresented groups.

Lastinger Center for Learning: Mobilizes the expertise and resources of UF's
interdisciplinary research community to improve the quality of teaching and learning at high-
poverty elementary schools throughout Florida.

National Accreditation

The college's educator preparation programs

are approved by the State of Florida

Department of Education and have been

continuously accredited by the National

Council for the Accreditation of Teacher

Education (NCATE) since 1954.

Teacher preparation,

recruitment and retention

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Student Life/Campus

Choose UF and you'll find that our dynamic
student-life programs help you grow personally as
well as intellectually. With more than 48,000 students,
UF has something for everybody, with more than
5,000 academic, cultural and athletic activities
offered yearly. Within walking or bike-riding distance
on campus are the Reitz Union student activities
center and game room, a performing arts center, art and natural history museums and two recreation
complexes. There are more than 750 student organizations, including pre-professional groups at the
College of Education such as the Student Reading Council, Student Council for Exceptional Children
and Minority Student Education Guild. For sports enthusiasts, UF has ranked among the nation's
10 best athletic programs in each of the last 20 years. Florida couples its strong intercollegiate sports
program with more than 60 intramural and club sports ranging from archery to weight lifting.

Gainesville and local surroundings
The University is situated in Gainesville, in the heart of North Central Florida. Gainesville retains
a "small town charm," yet boasts an array of cultural and recreational activities rivaling most major
metropolitan areas. With sun-filled summers and mild winters, you're less than an hour's drive from
sparkling rivers and springs for weekend outings of tubing, swimming or boating, and only 90 minutes
from either Atlantic or Gulf Coast beaches. Gainesville, with its natural beauty and tree-lined canopies,
has been designated as "Tree City, USA" and consistently ranks among the "most livable cities in the
USA" by Money Magazine.

Best of both worlds
Whether you crave the buzz of a vibrant campus
or the scenic solitude of the nearby wilderness, those
who study, work and play at the University of Florida
truly know they're living in some place special, at a
special time in their lives.


Undergraduate Studies
The Undergraduate Admissions application for both
prospective freshmen and transfer applicants is available
through the University of Florida Office of Admissions online at
Admission to UF's ProTeach teacher-preparation program
at the junior level requires a minimum 1010 SAT or 21
ACT score, passing scores on all sections of CLAST or the
General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification
Examination, completion of the Common Course Prerequisites
with a 2.6 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 preprofessional GPA, and
completion of all AA general education requirements including
Gordon Rule communication and computation requirements.

Graduate Studies
Applicants for graduate studies in the College of Education
should contact the department of interest for information
about admissions procedures. To be admitted to graduate
study in a given department, the prospective student must
satisfy the requirements of the department as well as those of
the UF Graduate School.

Financial Assistance
The College's Office of Student Services has information
about scholarships and loans administered by the College of
Education at G416 Norman Hall, or online at www.education.
ufl.edu/StudentServices/. Students can obtain other financial
aid information from the UF Office for Student Financial
Affairs, 103 Criser Hall, 352-392-1275 or 352-392-1210.


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Undergraduate Student Services: www.education.ufl.edu/studentservices 352-392-0721, ext. 267
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Academic Departments
Counselor Education: www.education.ufl.edu/Counselor/ 352-392-0731
Educational Administration & Policy: www.education.ufl.edu/Leadership/Leadership.html 352-392-2391
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Special Education: www.education.ufl.edu/specialeducation 352-392-0701
Teaching and Learning: www.education.ufl.edu/school/ 352-392-9191

Dean's Office: www.education.ufl.edu/web/dean 352-392-0728
Development & Alumni Affairs: www.education.ufl.edu/daa/ 352-392-0728, ext. 290
Education Research: www.education.ufl.edu/research 352-392-2315, ext. 234
News and Publications: www.education.ufl.edu/newspubs 352-392-0726, ext. 266

Affiliates, Centers and Institutes
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Center for School Improvement: www.education.ufl.edu/csi 352-392-0728, ext. 299
Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education: www.education.ufl.edu/copsse/ 352-392-0701, ext. 280
Institute of Higher Education: www.education.ufl.edu/IHE/ihe.html 352-392-2391, ext. 263
Lastinger Center for Learning: www.education.ufl.edu/Centers/Lastinger/index.html 352-392-0726, ext. 222
PK. Yonge Developmental Research School: www.education.ufl.edu/pky 352-392-1554
UF Alliance: www.education.ufl.edu/Alliance/ 352-392-0728, ext. 315

University of Florida
Admissions: www.admissions.ufl.edu 352-392-1365
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University of Florida

Founded in 1853, the University of Florida is the
state's oldest, largest and most comprehensive
university. With more than 48,000 students, UF is
one of the five largest universities in the nation. UF
is among the nation's most academically diverse
public universities, with 16 colleges and more
than 100 research, service and education centers,
bureaus and institutes. It is the only university
in the state to be a member of the prestigious
Association of American Universities (AAU), an
organization of North America's 63 preeminent
graduate research schools. Florida is ranked among
the nation's leading research universities by the
Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The
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