The specialization in Education in the Americas focuses on educational research, theory, and practice relevant to Latin America and Latinx communities in the United States. The curriculum of Education in the Americas supports comparative and regional analyses of educational policy, curriculum, and pedagogy across contexts ranging from K-12 education, higher education, and public education. Through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, this specialization helps students prepare for careers in education, public policy, academia, and transnational organizations.
To help students and advisors to navigate the vast and constantly shifting curricular landscape supporting Latin American Studies at UF.
To foster connection and collaboration around shared interests among current and prospective UF faculty, students, and partners.
Select up to 6 hours of coursework related to the specialization
Before each semester, the Center compiles and posts online a Guide to hundreds of LAS-related courses available the coming semester. Some courses contributing to specializations are offered every semester, others once every few years. The list of courses provided here is not intended to guarantee any curricular offerings, but rather to open horizons to topics that have been and may be offered in widely varied programs around UF.
Each specialization offers students the opportunity to craft personalized programs of study and to add their own contributions. Students may identify additional courses relevant for a specialization, including new and one-time offerings, and may seek approval from the Specialization Coordinator to count such courses toward specialization credits.
Mary Risner, Ed.D. Latin American Studies. Teacher Education, Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP), Globally Networked Learning Environments (GNLEs)
Maria Coady, Ph.D. Bilingual education, ESL language and literacy development, Latino Studies
Suzanne Chapman, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy, Children’s Literature
Ester de Jong, Ed.D. Bilingual education, Language policy, Program evaluation, Latino Studies
Jennifer Wooten, Ph.D. World Languages, Teacher Education
Crystal Marull, Ph.D. Online Learning, World Languages
Mark Pacheco, Ph.D. Bilingual education, ESL language, literacy development, Latino Studies
Diego Pascual y Cabo, Ph.D. Heritage speaker bilingual development, Spanish in the US
Cecilia Suarez, Ph.D. Cultural studies, Leadership education, Critical race theory, Latin@ studies
Swapna Kumar, Ed.D. Educational Technology, Online and Blended Learning, Open Education, Global Education
Heather Vrana, Ph.D. History, student activism, Latin American Youth