Mission statement

The Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education’s programs are delivered via experiential learning, and therefore bring research to practice. These programs challenge students to develop intellectually and personally to their fullest potential, ensuring that they are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies required of successful educators to meet the needs of all learners in today’s diverse society.

Admission and graduation requirements

Admission to Lynn University does not admit the student to the Ross College of Education. For students interested in teaching education, the Ross College of Education has a state of Florida-approved teacher preparation program leading to certification in Elementary K-6 Education. In accordance with Florida Statue 1004.04 public accountability and state approval for teacher preparation programs, students are required to meet the following prerequisites for admission into the Ross College of Education teacher preparation program prior to the set deadline:

  1. Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all level Dialogue courses.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of general knowledge, by passing all four (4) sections of the General Knowledge Florida Teacher Certification Examination by 60 credits and practicum.
  3. Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all education courses, with no grade lower than a C.
  4. Submit a portfolio; including a completed application for admittance, within Live Text to the Ross College of Education. The Ross College of Education will review the candidate’s documentation to determine the status of admission to the state-approved teacher education programs.

Candidates for graduation must:

  1. Complete all major requirements with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher with no grade lower than a C.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of subject area and professional education knowledge by passing the Professional Skills and a Subject Area portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

The State of Florida may require additional courses in the field for certification prior to issuing the five-year certificate. Program requirements may change in order to comply with any changes made by the State of Florida Department of Education. Grandfather provisions do not apply when such program changes are made.

Note: Credits and degrees earned from colleges within the State of Florida that are licensed by the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities do not automatically qualify an individual for a Florida Teaching Certificate. The established procedure requires the Florida Department of Education to review and recognize the credentials of the individual and the accreditation of the college granting the degrees prior to approving teacher certification. Any student interested in obtaining a Florida Teaching Certificate should contact the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification, Suite 201, Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400.

Noncitizens: A noncitizen may be issued an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility or a certificate as specified below:

An Official Statement of Status of Eligibility shall be issued when the applicant meets requirements specified in Section 1012.56(1), Florida Statutes.

The certificate may be issued when the applicant meets requirements specified in Rule 6A-4.004, F.A.C., and an official of the employing Florida public, state supported, or nonpublic school submits documentation of appropriate immigration status. The documentation shall be a photocopy of the completed United States Immigration and Naturalization Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, accepted for employment in compliance with the United States Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

ESOL AND READING Successful completion of the program will earn the student Florida teaching certification in Grades K-6, and the following Florida State Endorsements:

ESOL K-12 Endorsement

Reading K-12 Endorsement