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Department of
Teaching and Learning

Impact lives. Become a teacher.

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers programs that meet the academic needs of teaching professionals throughout their careers.  State of Florida teacher certification requirements are met for all programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in a variety of content areas.  Programs are designed to bridge the theory to practice gap by engaging students in field experiences within local schools.  These programs culminate with a one-semester student teaching experience. 

The Department of Teaching and Learning also offers a range of advanced degree programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of educational professionals.  These include the Master of Science (MS), the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), and two doctoral degrees (Ed.D. & Ph.D.). Department faculty are student-centered and enjoy working with those who aspire to be teachers and professionals at every educational level.  While many faculty have past experiences as elementary or secondary teachers, every professor spends significant time working in schools annually and many have exciting research agendas. Faculty are available to advise those interested in the exciting endeavors of teaching and learning.  Contact the department at (305)348-2003.

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*Secondary Education BS
*Social Studies

*These are joint programs offered in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences. Contact the College of Arts and Sciences for more information or (305) 348-2864.

The STEM Transformation Institute is a multidisciplinary collaboration across the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Engineering & Computing for the research and development of effective educational practices that lead to substantial increases in the number of well-prepared STEM professionals, including teachers, graduating FIU.

Nationally recognized programs:

  • The Elementary education program is one of eight in the nation recognized by the International Reading Association for its excellence in teaching reading in Elementary Education

  • Certificate of Distinction Award for the College’s Elementary Education K-6, TESOL Infused Program has recently been awarded the Certificate of Distinction from the International Reading Association.

Field Experience
Many courses in the School of Education and Human Development provide teacher candidates the opportunity for practical experiences in local schools. The actual assignments are described in the course syllabus and the number of required field hours varies by course, usually 10 – 20 hours. Most courses that require a field component are methods courses in the student’s specific program. All initial teacher preparation programs, the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree, require clinical experiences. The focus of these experiences usually includes: individual or small group instruction, tutoring, and/or assisting the classroom teacher with a variety of instructional responsibilities.

Student Teaching
The Student Teaching experience is the final field-based component of all initial teacher preparation programs, for both the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree. Student Teachers are involved in authentic diagnosing, planning, teaching, and assessing student performance for an entire semester. These experiences provide opportunities for direct demonstration of the knowledge, skills and dispositions gained through the Professional Studies Core and the Content Studies. The internship provides the prospective teacher with experiences of progressive responsibility for student learning and classroom management, and requires demonstration of competency at the pre-professional level on the twelve Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.

Additional information regarding clinical experiences can be found at the SEHD website (, or in the Office of Clinical Experiences, ZEB 220.  Phone:  (305) 3488-2082

Students are required to take and pass the GK, Professional Education (PEd), and appropriate Subject Area Exam (SAE) before beginning student teaching placement. Students must provide evidence of passing scores on all required exams by the end of the semester immediately preceding the internship.