Education

Undergraduate students are prepared to enter the classroom after graduation through education course objectives aligned to state competencies. Course work is infused with ESOL training, technology, and the use of a variety of assessment techniques. Applied classroom knowledge is gained through field-based experiences tied to the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.

Unlike traditional education programs where new classes typically begin twice a year, St. Thomas offers "rolling admission." Convenient evening and online classes are offered for the working professional.

For Graduate students, the school’s programs are designed for teachers who wish to continue to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare their students for life in the 21st Century. The courses in these programs are offered in traditional and online formats, and respond to the needs of contemporary education with an emphasis on elementary and secondary education teaching and administration.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

This degree is designed to provide highly trained and highly motivated teachers for elementary school classes. Candidates for this degree benefit from a non-traditional approach to state certification requirements and course-based clinical and field experiences. The program is designed for working adults who cannot stop work to complete a 16-week field experience. This program benefits from an emphasis on undergraduate research in all academic disciplines as students work side-by-side with professors on research projects and activities.

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Career Opportunities

  • Elementary Education Teacher K-6
  • Primary Education Teacher PK-3
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Learning Center Teacher or Director

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

DEP 2000 Human Growth and Development
EDE 3230 Art and Music in the Elementary School
RED 3111 Reading Methods for Elementary Multicultural Schools
RED 3512 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

This program is primarily designed to help working professionals develop leadership skills that will lead to leadership positions within the schools (i.e., principal, assistant principal). The MS in Educational Leadership consists of coursework and experiences designed to develop entry-level competencies for principals. The program allows an individual student to design the best program of study to meet individual professional goals. Overall, the program is designed to address the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium standards and Florida’s educational leadership competencies. The program is currently accepted by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification under Rule 6A-4.003. “Degrees, programs, and credits shall be determined acceptable for educator certification purposes when awarded by an institution of higher learning accredited by one (1) of the accrediting associations.” St. Thomas University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SASCOC).

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Career Opportunities

  • School principal (both public and private)
  • Assistant principal
  • Public school teachers
  • Organizational leadership

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

EDA 608 School Personnel Management
Focus is on skills needed for exercising leadership in school personnel recruitment, selection, assessment and development.

EDF 621 Psychological Foundations of Education

An intermediate course designed to apply psychological theories and principles of learning and development to teaching and student learning in career areas related to education. Challenges of diversity and teacher effectiveness are emphasized.

EDA 612 The Principalship: A Field Experience
Students will implement an intervention plan developed in a previous course in this intervention plan should demonstrate the use of research-based, data-driven decision-making. Appropriate leadership and administrative skills should be demonstrated in the implementation of the plan. The final product for the course includes the intervention plan, the research and data used to develop the plan, the implementation time line, the final evaluation of the plan, and reflection on the individual’s leadership and administrative strengths and future areas of growth. This course is only offered as an Independent Study.

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

The Master of Science (MS) in Elementary Education is offered online and in blended form on campus. It is designed to help fulfill three career paths for teachers: 1. To qualify teachers to teach in an elementary education program; 2. For teachers who hold an undergraduate degree in Special Education, to ensure coherence and breadth of knowledge and experience; and 3. For a change in careers. The core courses consist of 5 courses designed to fulfill the professional education course requirements and to prepare an individual to take Florida’s Professional Educator Test. The MS in Elementary Education consists of the 7 content/methods courses required for certification and to prepare an individual to take Florida’s Elementary Education. The program focuses on course based clinical and field experiences and is designed for individuals who cannot complete a formal internship. The program is currently accepted by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification under Rule 6A-4.003. “Degrees, programs, and credits shall be determined acceptable for educator certification purposes when awarded by an institution of higher learning accredited by one (1) of the accrediting associations.”

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary Education Teacher K-6
  • Primary Education Teacher PK-3
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Learning Center Teacher or Director

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

EDU 521 Theory and Foundations of Effective Reading w/Field Experience
EDU 524 Literature and Multimedia in the Classroom
EDU 540 Effective Teaching and Classroom Management
EDA 606 Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Student Populations

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

The M.S. in Instructional Technology is designed for educational professionals who are interested in learning how to enhance teaching and learning through the use of technology. It presents students with opportunities to examine the rapid and never ending changes in learning technologies and their impact on education. This program is particularly appropriate for those who teach in the classroom and online, technology specialists, informal educators, and others interested in effectively using information and communications technologies to enhance instruction. Graduates may be designing online courses, enhance existing curriculum with emerging technologies, or may work as technology specialists, assisting with the integration of technology in academic and informal learning environments. The program is currently accepted by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification under Rule 6A-4.003. “Degrees, programs, and credits shall be determined acceptable for educator certification purposes when awarded by an institution of higher learning accredited by one (1) of the regional accrediting associations.” St. Thomas University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Career Opportunities

  • Course Designer
  • Educational Content Developer
  • Professional Instruction for Teachers
  • Standards-based Techology Development

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

EDT 610 Instructional Design: Theories and Models
This course focuses on pedagogical theories as they relate to instructional design, and on existing and emerging models of instructional design. Topics include major schools of thoughts on how people learn, instructional and learning theories, and instructional design models and principles.

EDT 630 Multimedia Design and Development
An intermediate course designed to apply psychological theories and principles of learning and development to teaching and student learning in career areas related to education. Challenges oThis course is designed to develop students’ technical skills in multimedia design and development for instructional purposes. Topics include visual design principles, desktop publishing, digital graphics, and digital audio and digital video.

EDT 620 Technology Integration
This course focuses on how to integrate technology into the curriculum to effectively support and enhance learning. It provides students with opportunities to apply the principles and methods of technology integration by designing and developing real life technology-based projects. Topics include technology integration frameworks and strategies, and technology integration across the curriculum (language arts, math and science, foreign languages, social studies, music and art, physical and health education, and special education).

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN READING

The Master of Science in Reading consists of ten 3-credit core courses. Seven reading courses are designed to prepare candidates with theory and strategies to proffer effective instruction and diagnose and remediate children’s reading difficulties K-12. Current research and theory of literacy and how children learn to read is translated into meaningful classroom application and practice while utilizing research-based instructional practices and materials. Knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes of reading are directly applied while working with children in a clinical setting. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own teaching and receive immediate feedback from the instructor so that subsequent teaching can incorporate and apply new insights, techniques and strategies for improvement.

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Career Opportunities

  • The St. Thomas Reading Education program can lead to initial* teaching licensure
  • Can enhance your existing credentials
  • Teachers holding a valid Florida Certificate are eligible for the Reading Endorsement upon completion of this degree
  • This program may also meet requirements for certification as a Reading Specialist or Literacy coach

* The Reading Education Master’s degree from St. Thomas will qualify the individual for a Florida Temporary Certificate in Reading. The applicant must be employed as a Florida educator and have his/her fingerprints processed and cleared to have the Temporary Certificate issued.

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

RED 521 Theory and Foundations of Effective Reading and Language Instruction.
This course provides a theoretical and practical framework for understanding issues related to teaching reading. It addresses theories and models of reading and focuses on the application of this knowledge to literacy instruction for all learners.

EDF 621 The Reading Process in the Content Area
This course centers on strategies and techniques for improving students’ reading and studying in the content areas. The main focus is on remedial reading and writing and study skill strategies, strategies and materials for vocabulary development, comprehension, and content area concepts, and evaluation of content area instruction in multicultural settings.

RED 505 Techniques of Remedial and Corrective Reading
This course is designed to prepare students to select and implement research based strategies in the prevention and remediation of reading difficulties. It centers on the five major components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency).

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

The MS in Special Education prepares individuals to teach exceptional children in grades K through 12. The curriculum consists of 9 core courses in the theory and best practices of exceptional student education and 3 electives.

The program is currently accepted by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification under Rule 6A-4.003. “Degrees, programs, and credits shall be determined acceptable for educator certification purposes when awarded by an institution of higher learning accredited by one (1) of the regional accrediting associations.” St. Thomas University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SASCOC).

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching children with mild disabilities
  • Administering programs for children with special needs
  • Teaching undergraduate college courses in Special Education
  • Providing tutorial services to children with specific learning disabilities
  • Providing home bound instruction to children recovering from surgery
  • Vocational rehabilitation counseling

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

EEX 514 Instructional Strategies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities 3
EEX 524 Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities
EEX 534 Instructional Strategies for Students with Emotional Disorders 3

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN TESOL

The Master of Science in TESOL Track is designed to provide specialized training and content knowledge for teachers of all levels of ESOL, K through 12, adult education, community college education and higher education. The MS in TESOL consists of 36 credits, six 3-credit TESOL courses and six professional courses. This degree provides foundation in ESOL methodology, curriculum design, assessment, linguistics, and cross-cultural communication. These courses are designed to prepare individuals to work with limited English speakers in a variety of settings. Five of the TESOL courses satisfy Florida’s ESOL Endorsement for Category 1 teachers (Elementary and Secondary English) and one course satisfies Florida’s ESOL requirement for Category 2 teachers and administrators. The capstone course (EDU 517) is used for program level assessment and to assess a candidate's proficiency in the five learning outcomes covered in the program. This course is under consideration as a global learning course with chances to gain overseas teaching experiences.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Existing public school teachers with ESOL endorsement
  • Instructors in English Language Institutes in Universities
  • Public school teachers
  • Community college instructors
  • Oversea English instructors

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

EDU 506 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDU 517 ESOL Issues and Strategies with Field Experience 3
EDF 621 Psychological Foundations of Education 3

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SUMMER TEACHER'S CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Florida Teachers!

Our affordable, online courses will meet your certification and recertification needs.


Interested in improving your classroom skills and better managing your classroom?

Are you running out of time to renew your teacher’s certification?

Want to branch out into new areas of expertise and enrich your students’ lives?

Taught by successful practitioners and professors, our courses are:

  • Affordable - This program is designed to minimize the cost for teachers seeking certification/recertification. Courses are $675. There are no additional registrations or application fees.
  • Convenient - Courses are aligned with the curriculum delivered to students on campus. Our courses are conveniently available online with shorter sessions held during the summer to meet the state of Florida June deadline.
  • Multipurpose & Accepted by DOE - Our courses are designed to help you strengthen your delivery methods as well as your content knowledge. Our courses are also accepted by the Department of Education for use by teachers holding a valid Florida teaching certificate or temporary certificate.

For questions regarding the program, please contact:

Katsia Cadeau, EdD
Program Director
305-628-6582
kcadeau@stu.edu

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