Top University for Becoming a Teacher - Jacksonville, FL

Jan 02, 2019

Few schools in the Jacksonville, FL, area have top ranking teaching programs. Read on to find out more about what one of these top schools has to offer for teaching degrees, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Of the four schools that offer degrees in teaching in the Jacksonville area, only one is a public university, while the rest are private, not-for-profit schools. The top pick for teaching programs in the area is one of these private institutions. The following school is the first choice in Jacksonville based on rankings, hours spent in the field and credentials received upon graduation:

  • Winner: Jacksonville University is located in Jacksonville, FL. The School of Education offers a post-bachelor's teacher certification program and a dual bachelor's/master's degree program in elementary education or physical education.

School Info Chart

Category Jacksonville University
Rankings #73 in Regional Universities (South) (2015)*
Location Jacksonville, FL
School Type 4-year; private; not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) Undergrad: $31,370*
Elementary Education Degrees Offered Bachelor's; Master's
Elementary Education Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 16**
Most Popular Elementary Education Degree Level in 2013 Tied (bachelor's and master's)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 38%**
Noteworthy Education majors have field placements every semester***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University

  • Graduates of the elementary education, physical education and certification program are eligible to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)
  • Students observe and assess a working classroom, complete research and teach in local schools under the supervision of a certified teacher
  • 100% of teacher education graduates pass the FTCE

Established in 1934, Jacksonville University offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and degree programs on its 190-acre campus overlooking the St. John's River. The university is home to approximately 4,100 students.

The 15-credit teacher certification program is available to students who already possess a bachelor's degree. Students select a curriculum plan for grades K-6 or 6-12 and complete classes focused on their chosen grade levels. Both programs teach human development, classroom management, instructional strategies and student assessment.

Students in the 5-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Education program can choose a concentration in elementary education or physical education. The elementary education concentration focuses on curriculum planning, learning evaluation, literacy, teaching strategies and student development. The physical education concentration teaches students how to develop a physical education curriculum and plan physical education activities. Topics of study may include kinesiology, coaching theory and sport psychology.

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