Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education - B.S. Ed.

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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 dual certification program, which also includes endorsements in Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), ensures that teachers are prepared to meet the unique learning needs of all students. 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). The first of its kind in Florida, this program prepares teachers for the 21st century classroom, in which students of varying (dis)abilities, academic strengths, and linguistic backgrounds are educated together. 

Most of the courses in this traditional four-year program are taught by faculty who are active researchers in their field. This expertise gives students direct access to current research and best practices founded on knowledge constructed in part through the research efforts of TAL faculty. Ultimately, when faculty are at the forefront of innovation and best practices in education, students benefit.   

Of the 14 TAL courses required for the major, 10 of them include hands-on teaching experiences in classroom settings across Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), including well-resourced and under-resourced schools, urban and suburban locations, and charter, private, and public schools. Across settings, these hand-selected schools provide the ideal setting for a dynamic collaboration that transforms educational theory into practice. Given that MDCPS is the fourth largest school district in the nation, students have the opportunity to work with a diverse student body consisting of children whose families speak over 100 different home languages. This district provides a rich environment for UM students to engage in practical teaching experiences informed by culturally responsive pedagogy under the guidance of mentor teachers in the district.  

In short, our rigorous Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education program produces graduates who are well qualified to meet the educational needs of diverse learners, and who are highly sought after for job opportunities upon graduation. 

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 Teacher Preparation Seminar I

TAL 308 Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children

TAL 322 Mathematics Instruction in the Elementary School

TAL 323 Interdisciplinary Methods in Content Areas 

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 Teacher Preparation 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 Teacher Preparation 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 Interdisciplinary Methods in Content Areas

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 Interdisciplinary Methods in Content Areas

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 Teacher Preparation 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
gfastorini@miami.edu