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Elementary Education Program


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Elizabeth Coyne Crowe, PhD
Holley A-111-C
(850) 770-2254

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Dorothy Imperial, PhD
Holley A-211-B
(850) 770-2274

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Cristina Rios, M ED
Holley A-211-E


Description of Major

The Elementary Education curriculum leads to the bachelor’s/master's degree and eligibility for certification for teaching grades K-6 in the Florida public schools, ESOL and reading endorsements. Graduation from the program makes the graduate eligible for certification in other states beyond Florida. Courses taken address classroom management, teaching methodologies in elementary subject areas, assessment, and working with diverse student populations. Most of these courses require field experiences in local public schools. A full-time internship in the public schools is a requirement.

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major
Application for admission to teacher education is distinct from admissions to an upper-division college or school and is made in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS). The departmental teacher education application can be accessed from Students are formally admitted into this major for the Fall only. Applicants to Elementary Education are selected on the basis of multiple criteria: GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and rigor of lower-division coursework.

Minimum admission requirements:
1. Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin),
2. Complete all General Ed/Liberal Studies requirements or an A.A. degree within the Florida articulation agreement, with a grade of C or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course 
3. Complete the pre-education coursework with grades of C minus or better
4. Achieve a passing score on each section of the General Knowledge section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
5. Achieve an overall 2.5 GPA minimum.
6. Satisfy the university Oral Communication Competency, Computer Literacy, multicultural/diversity, and Natural Science Lab Requirement as outlined in general bulletin. 
* Note: Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. * 
State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Prerequisite Coursework:
Pre-education coursework: 3 hours. The following courses must be completed with a C minus or better:

  • EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

Degree Requirements 
Major Program of Study at FSU: (84 hours)

Undergraduate Coursework: (48 hours)

  • EDE 4302 (3) Literacy Assessment and Instruction
  • EDE 4316 (3) Differentiating Reading and Content Area Literacy Instruction
  • EDE 4907 (3) Directed Field Experiences
  • EDF 4210 (3) Educational Psychology: Developing Learners
  • EEX 4070 (3) Including Students with Disabilities in the General Education Curriculum
  • LAE 4314 (3) Language Arts and Literature in the Elementary School
  • MAE 4310 (3) The Teaching of Elementary School Mathematics
  • MAE 4326 (3) How Children Learn Mathematics
  • MAE 4114 (3) Learning Trajectories in Elementary Mathematics
  • RED 4310 (3) Early Literacy Learning
  • RED 4510 (3) Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
  • RED 4941 (3) Elementary Education Reading Practicum
  • SCE 4891 (3) Introduction to the Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry for Elementary Teachers
  • SCE 4XXX (3) Problem-Based Science Learning for Elementary Teachers
  • TSL 4251 (3) Applied Linguistics for Second Language Learning
  • TSL 4520 (3) Cross-cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers

Graduate Coursework (36 hours)

  • EDE 5225 (3) The Elementary School, K-6
  • EDE 5511 (3) Organization for Classroom Instruction in the Elementary School
  • EDE 5941 (9) Internship in Elementary Teaching
  • EDE 5XXX (3) Elementary Teaching Field Practicum
  • EDE 8966 (0) Master's Comprehensive Exam
  • EDG 5709 (3) Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction
  • EDG 5XXX (3) Practitioner Research
  • EME 5050 (3) Teaching and Technology
  • SCE 5215 (3) Conceptual Learning in Elementary School Science
  • SSE 5615 (3) Problems in Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
  • TSL 5005 (3) Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages

University Wide Graduation Requirements:

  • Computer Competency (3 hours): Completed within General Education/elective coursework
  • Oral Communication Competency (3 hours): Completed within General Education/elective coursework
  • Natural Science Lab (1 hour): Completed within General Education/elective coursework
  • Scholarship-In-Practice (3 hours): Completed within major coursework (EDE 4907)
  • Upper-Division Writing (3 hours): Completed within major coursework (RED 4310)

Program completion requires:
Passing the general knowledge, professional education, and subject area tests (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. These must be completed prior to the semester in which the student plans to student teach.

Admission to the FSU Graduate School is required for completion of the combined degree. Student are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and submit a university graduate application during the last year of undergraduate coursework The Master’s degree is required to complete the program. Students must meet all graduation requirements established by the University, the College of Education and the curriculum. There are no degree options if the student does not complete the entire curriculum.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

  • Total Hours Required: 145
  • General Education: 36
  • Lower Division Elective Coursework: 15
  • Computer Skills: 3
  • Oral Communication Competency: 3
  • Natural Science Lab: 1
  • Pre-Education Coursework: 3
  • Undergraduate Major Coursework: 48
  • Graduate Major Coursework: 36


  1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
  2. All of the major course semester hours, , must be completed in residence at this University.
  3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
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