Elementary Education/ESOL Program

The Elementary Education/ESOL Endorsement Program at Edward Waters College seeks to prepare competent teachers for effective leadership and service roles in a multicultural, global, and technological society. The Elementary Education curriculum is designed, in general, to prepare students for immediate employment in school districts around the country and for graduate course work in related fields. Education faculty and administrators believe that upon successful completion of the teacher education program, graduates will become:

  • Reflective Decision Makers
  • Instructional Leaders
  • Systematic Planners
  • Effective Communicators

Learning outcomes for the Teacher Education Program (TEP) are based on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP), associated indicators, and subject area standards and competencies. Teacher candidates are afforded various opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the FEAP through required clinical/field experiences and internships that includes:

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Field Experience: ESL 122
Teacher candidates spend 35 hours in an ESOL only or inclusive classroom where they place language learning and teaching theories and strategies into practice. Teacher candidates demonstrate mastery of ESOL Performance Standards & Competencies.

Practicum I: EDU 390
Teacher candidates spend 50 hours in a local elementary school where they observe best pedagogical practices and teach individual and small group mini-lessons.

Practicum II: EDU 400
Teacher candidates spend an additional 50 hours in a local elementary school where they engage in best pedagogical practices and teach individual, small, and whole group lessons based on the New Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS). Teacher candidates practice planning lessons based on achievement data, reflect on their instructional decisions, and communicate with students, in-service teachers, and other school personnel.

Student Teaching: EDU 450
Student Teaching is the capstone course in the Elementary Education Program. It provides a semester-long, intensive, clinical experience where pre-service teachers demonstrate mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and subject area competencies. Student teachers are expected to plan, instruct, and create assessments that increase and measure student achievement under the direction of an experienced trained Duval County Public Schools teacher. Students are not allowed to take courses while student teaching.

NOTE: Each teacher candidate is required to have a criminal background check and fingerprinting before being assigned a field placement in the school district. The College nor the Teacher Education Program is liable for students who matriculate through the program and is denied a placement due to criminal background or history.