Catalog 2021-2022

Professional Education Minor

The Professional Education Minor offers opportunities to students across university majors seeking a pathway into the field of teaching and to temporary teacher certification in the state of Florida.

The Professional Education Minor is open to all non-education majors at The University of Tampa. The minor has 25 required credit hours.

This Professional Education Minor meets the  Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) requirements for the Professional Training Option (PTO). Each class listed in the minor is required for state program approval for a temporary teaching certificate.

The minor includes two field placements in 6th - 12th grade classrooms, prior to graduation, under the careful supervision of experienced teachers and University supervisors. The field experience is designed for UT students to observe effective teaching practices and deepen their knowledge base related to content, the learner and learning, instructional practice, and professional responsibility. Students develop their planning and instructional skills as they work with individual and small groups of 6-12 grade students. Coursework meets the requirements of the Florida Department of Education professional training option and is consistent with the program requirements of state administrative rule 6A-5.066 and includes the state required professional preparation outlined in Florida Department of education administrative rule 6A-4.006.

Upon graduation and satisfaction of all requirements for a temporary teaching certificate set forth by the Florida Department of Education, students are eligible for a temporary Florida teaching certificate. 

For information about types of certificates, visit FLDOE Certificates and Requirements.

For information regarding subject area mastery, refer to FLDOE Subject Area Knowledge.

Students enrolled in the minor are provided with the coursework that, in conjunction with successful completion of Florida teacher certification examinations, one year of successful teaching experience, and successful completion of a district approved competence demonstration program for first year teachers, allows for converting a three year non-renewable temporary certification into a five year renewable professional certification. 

An application to the program is required. See Department of Education website.

Degree Requirements


EDU 206Human Development and Learning


EDU 306Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Areas (ESOL-infused course)


EDU 309Practicum (with Seminar) I (ESOL-infused course)


EDU 320ESOL Observational Practicum


EDU 325Secondary Classroom Assessment


EDU 335Secondary Classroom Management


EDU 345Methods of Secondary Instruction


EDU 358Understanding TESOL


Total Credit Hours:25
Note: EDU 309 / EDU 335 are co-requisites, and EDU 320 / EDU 358 are co-requisites.

Total Credit Hours: 25