Johnson University Florida is pleased to announce it has received full approval on the Elementary Education program at the Bachelor’s level! This is a momentous occasion for the university and for the Templar School of Education. Graduates in May will be the first in what we anticipate to be a long line of graduates who will now be able to apply for a Professional Teaching Certificate (Grades K-6) with an ESOL Endorsement and a Reading Endorsement.
The elementary education program at JUFL has had many years of success and has enjoyed a valuable relationship with Osceola County public schools. The program, which was originally a Christian Education program, began under the direction of Professor Twila Sias and graduated its first completers in 1981. Professor Sias nurtured the program until 2000 when Dr. Kim Boyd assumed responsibility as director. Dr. Boyd oversaw the program for six years, laying the groundwork for state approval. In 2006 Dr. Bethany Humphrey assumed the responsibility as director and oversaw the program for two years. In 2010, Dr. Wendy Guthrie became program director and then Assistant Dean in 2014.
The university has graduated 288 students in the Christian Education/Elementary Education program since 1981 (94 students graduated between 1991 and 2017 with an elementary education degree). In a recent survey of JUFL education graduates, 60 responders indicated they were working in a public school, a Christian school, or a charter school. Those responders indicated they hold positions as classroom teachers, reading specialists, and administrators. A few responders serve as online instructors for higher education institutions. Many of the respondents hold Master’s degrees in education-related fields and some hold the terminal degree. Several respondents have been in the education field for more than ten years, and many have received recognition at their institutions as Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Guthrie and the Templar School of Education for this accomplishment!