Miami, Florida

Florida International University

Undergraduate Elementary, Traditional

Suggested citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). Florida International University Undergraduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/review/view/Florida-International-University-FL-1

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Knowledge
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Courses reviewed: RED 3313, RED 4110, RED 4150, RED 4311, and TSL 4081

The research-based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of a program's required reading courses — not just some courses — should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program meets the standard because its coursework covers all five of the components of effective reading instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension Strategies

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Elementary Mathematics
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Students cannot excel in mathematics without skillful instruction in the earliest years of school. Teacher candidates generally require three semesters of coursework, complemented by adequate field practice, to progress from a procedural to a conceptual understanding of the essential mathematics topics taught in the elementary grades.

Courses reviewed: MAE 4310, and MAE 4312

Through a review of the coursework noted above, the program was found to provide teacher candidates with fair coverage of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability.

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To improve under this standard, additional attention should be paid to the coverage of content and selection of textbooks used to support instruction.

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Building Knowledge
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Because they teach all subjects, elementary teacher candidates need to have a solid grasp of literature and composition, American and world history, geography and science. Teacher candidates should also develop some expertise outside of their professional studies, not only to enrich their own academic experience, but also to serve as a fallback major in the event that the student teaching experience is unsuccessful.

Requirements established by the program and/or the institution in which it is located ensure that all elementary certification candidates must take relevant classes in the checked topics below.

Literature & Composition
 ✗ World literature
 ✗ American literature
 ✔ Writing, grammar and composition
 ✗ Children's literature
History & Geography
 ✗ Early American history
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that focuses on U.S. history from the age of discovery or colonial period or founding of the republic to the Civil War or Reconstruction.
 ✗ Modern American history or Government
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that focuses on US history from the Civil War or Reconstruction to the modern period (beginning anywhere from 1865 to 1900 and concluding near the present) or on the constitutional underpinnings, the specific branches, and state and national features of our democracy.
 ✗ World history—ancient
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that provides general narratives of all major civilizations in ancient times.
 ✗ World history—modern
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that provides general narratives of all major civilizations in modern times.
 ✗ Geography
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that addresses both physical and cultural geography -- analyzing the world from a geographic perspective and emphasizing the unique qualities of world regions; the spatial interactions of people, elements, and regions; and, major regional and global problems and prospects.
Science
 ✔ Biology
 ✗ Chemistry
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that covers topics such as measurement, matter and energy, atomic theory and structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, states of matter, reaction rates and equilibria, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, and biochemistry.
 ✗ Physics
Because of the range of course options permitted, all elementary teacher candidates are not required to take the equivalent of a three semester credit hour general education course that falls into one of these broad categories.

Physics: an introductory course covering motion, energy, conservation laws, gravity, phase changes, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and wave dynamics.

Physical Science: an introduction to physical science which features physics prominently.

Earth Science: an introductory course that covers one or more of geology, climatology, astronomy, and oceanography.
 ✗ Earth science

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