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  Feb 02, 2023
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English Literacy for Career and Technical Education (ELCATE) (8503) (N.C.)

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The English Literacy for Career and Technical Education (ELCATE) program provides education services that enable adult English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States.

The ELCATE program includes instruction in literacy and English language acquisition, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and workforce training, and is designed to (1) prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency; and (2) integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE), program. For more information see the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II, Section 243, IELCE Program, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2014) at

The Program

ELCATE is comprised of two levels that correspond to National Reporting System (NRS) EFLs 5 and 6. One Literacy Completion Point (LCP) is awarded for each EFL completed.

5 High Intermediate ESL Level 5
6 Advanced ESL Level 6

Completion of EFLs must be measured by approved assessments in accordance with Rule 6A‐6.014, F.A.C. at   Please view the Adult Education technical papers at for additional information on assessment procedures and approved assessments.

Students enrolled in the ELCATE course must be enrolled simultaneously in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course to meet the requirements of the IELCE program.  Students enrolled in the Adult ESOL course and wish to enroll in the ELCATE course must first withdraw from the Adult ESOL course. For a list of Career Certificate programs, students may visit the most current College Catalog at

Application Procedure

In order to enroll in the English Literacy for Career and Technical Education program, student must:

  1. Be 16 years of age or older, including professionals holding a secondary or post-secondary degree or credential.
  2. Demonstrate English language skills between NRS levels 5 and 6 as measured by FLDOE-approved assessments.

Need More Information? Contact:

Downtown Campus ESOL Office
101 West State Street, Building A, Room 2101
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 633-8360

More Information Online

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a certificate of completion, students must have met the following requirements.

Adult High School
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Complete requirements for adult high school students (per State Board Rule 6A-6.020) as specified in the Florida Course Code Directory and the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Adult High School Technical Assistance paper.
  3. Students enrolled in the Adult High School must complete and earn a minimum of two (2) high school credits at FSCJ to meet graduation requirements (including increasing the student’s grade point average and passing the state approved assessment) and receive a State of Florida standard diploma.
Applied Academics for Adult Education
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Complete requirements for currently enrolled CTE program and meet one of the basic skill exemptions (per State Board Rule 6A.10.040). 
High School Equivalency
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Students enrolled in the High School Equivalency program must pass the full battery (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies) of the 2014 GED® test with the required minimum passing score:
    • (145-164) - Pass / High School Equivalency
    • (165-174) - GED® College Ready
    • (175-200) - GED® College Ready + Credit (Articulation conversations are in-progress)
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  1. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  2. Earn a CASAS score that meets or exceeds the program’s exit requirement.
    • For ESOL series ELL 0115 - ELL 0615, a student must earn a CASAS score in his/her designated student category of Listening or Reading that places him/her out of Advanced level. This student will receive a certificate for ESOL completion.
    • For College and Career Readiness, a student must pass the CCR departmental exam. If successful, they will receive an instructor recommendation to take the Accuplacer CPTL which places the student in English for Academic Purposes. This student will receive a certificate of completion for College and Career Readiness.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements.
  • Students who enter under the (2020/2021) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2020/2021 academic year. The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees and FLDOE may supersede this provision.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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