Description of Major
The Elementary Education curriculum leads to a bachelor’s degree and eligibility for certification for teaching grades K-6 in the Florida public schools, ESOL and Reading Endorsements. Upon completion of the undergraduate program you will earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Graduation from the program makes the graduate eligible for certification in other states beyond Florida. The program began in spring 2021 and replaced the BS/MS in Elementary Education on the Panama City campus. Students currently enrolled in the BS/MS program should refer to the program’s website for academic requirements.
Courses and Field Experience:
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 in the final semester of the program.
Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major:
Applicants to Elementary Education are selected on the basis of multiple criteria: GPA and rigor of lower-division coursework.
Minimum admission requirements:
- Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin).
- 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
- Complete the prerequisite pre-education coursework with grades of C minus or better (EDF 1005 Introduction to Education)
- Achieve a passing score on each section of the General Knowledge section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
- Achieve an overall 2.5 GPA minimum.
- Satisfy the University Graduation Requirements of 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 https://www.flvc.org.
Major Program of Study at FSU: (60 hours)
Undergraduate Coursework: TBA
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.
- A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
- All of the major course semester hours, must be completed in residence at this University.
- The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.