Graduating from FSC, you’ll be fully prepared for the 21st-century classroom.

The School of Education provides extensive training in instructional technology, exposure to a wide variety of classroom field experiences, and lab school opportunities.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC For Education

  • We have an on-campus preschool and elementary school for firsthand experience.
  • You’ll be eligible for Florida teaching certification at graduation.
  • With our low faculty-student ratio, you’ll receive personal attention to your particular goals and you’ll have easy access to faculty expertise.
  • You’ll gain practice using state-of-the-art technology for classroom instruction.
  • We offer a 5th-year graduate program that allows you to earn a Master in Education in four semesters.

Throughout the program, you’ll learn about the foundations of education and immerse yourself in practical techniques of classroom management, effective communication, lesson planning, and best practices in instructional methodology. You’ll put all this learning into place in real-world classrooms by completing at least 360 hours in clinical experiences—prior to your culminating internship.

Preschool LabOur Early Learning Lab is home to students ages three to five where elementary majors work hands-on delivering classroom instruction to students in one-on-one and small group settings


Engaged Learning in the Classroom

At FSC, you’ll engage in many hands-on activities in the classroom that model activities you can use in your field experiences and internship. These include working collaboratively with another student or in small groups, using instructional technology tools into lesson plans for classroom instruction, observing expert teachers, implementing instruction in the Early Learning Lab and Roberts Academy, analyzing case studies of classroom situations, and interviewing local teachers.

Course Information

As an elementary education major, you’ll start taking courses your freshman year, beginning with Foundation of Education that introduces you to educational trends and topics. Technology Infused Teaching, Learning, and Assessment prepares you to use instructional technology tools in lesson planning. Other courses include methods courses that assist you in planning and understanding content areas, reading methodology, and working with students with diverse backgrounds and languages.

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

We sponsor the Epsilon Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for education majors.

Internship Opportunities

We’ve partnered with the Polk County Public Schools so that each elementary education major participates in a fulltime internship their final semester. You’ll work directly with an elementary teacher in a local school and with an FSC faculty member. They’ll work together to foster practical learning experiences that will prepare you for the 21st century classroom.

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863.680.4172
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Career opportunities

Our graduates are prepared to teach in the subject area of their major. FSC’s School of Education holds state-approved accreditations for nine majors:

  • Elementary Education, K-6
  • Physical Education, K-12
  • Music Education, K-12
  • Art Education, K-12
  • Foreign Language-Spanish, 6-12
  • Secondary English Education, 6-12
  • Secondary Mathematics Education, 6-12
  • Secondary Social Science Education-History, 6-12
  • Secondary Science Education-Biology, 6-12

Special Features

The Roberts Academy, the only transitional school in the state serving students with dyslexia, allows majors to practice reading strategies using the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and further refine their classroom skills and techniques.

As an education major at FSC, you’ll participate in clinical experiences both on and off campus. Three formal clinical courses place you in different schools (public and private) to expose you to a variety of school settings. You’ll also complete on-campus field experiences in our Early Learning Lab and with Roberts Academy students.

Your final internship is a culminating experience where you’ll practice your teaching skills at the highest level at a local elementary school. You’ll work with a team of experts including an expert classroom teacher and college professor to help you refine your teaching skills and learn more about the classroom—all before you graduate.

FSC’s education faculty are authors, editors, and advisors of textbooks on a range of topics; winners of Teacher of the Year; and experienced educators who have spent years teaching in the K-12 grade levels.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

We encourage our majors to enter a graduate program in their area of study.  Many enter FSC’s Master of Education in Collaborative Teaching and Learning degree program. This four-semester program is designed for individuals who work during the day and are seeking more in-depth knowledge and research in curriculum and instruction.

Many students also decide to earn graduate degrees in educational leadership to work as administrators, degrees in guidance and counseling, or degrees in higher education to teach at a college or university.

 

Program Requirements

Elementary Education Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 65 hours
EDU 1107 Foundations of Education I
EDU 2200 Field Study Level I
EDU 2203 Foundations of Education II
EDU 2210 Foundations in Special Education
EDU 2235 Technology Infused Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
EDU 2240 Teaching Language Arts Level I
EDU 3279 Foundations of ESOL I
EDU 3323 Field Study Level II
EDU 3333 Foundations of Education III
EDU 3339 Instructional Methods I
EDU 3343 Children’s Literature
EDU 3347 Teaching Language Arts II
EDU 3370 Differentiated Instruction of Reading for Elementary Students
EDU 4400 Field Study Level III
EDU 4407 Instructional Methods II: Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDU 4409 Instructional Methods III: Science in the Elementary School
EDU 4478 Applied Linguistics – ESOL II
EDU 4889 Student Teacher Intern Seminar
EDU 4990 Senior Internship
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
or  
D. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
E. Electives 0-7 hours
E. Total 124-125 hours

Secondary Education Teacher Certification

Art Education Major - See ART EDUCATION

Music Education Major - See MUSIC EDUCATION

Secondary Education - Majors in English, Mathematics, Science - Etiology, Social Science - History, Spanish

EDU 1107 Foundations of Education I
EDU 2200 Field Study Level I
EDU 2203 Foundations of Education II
EDU 2210 Foundations in Special Education
EDU 2235 Technology Infused Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
EDU 3279 Foundations of ESOL I
EDU 3323 Field Study Level II
EDU 3333 Foundations of Education III
EDU 4454 Special Methods in Education
EDU 4457 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
EDU 4889 Student Teacher Intern Seminar
EDU 4990 Senior Internship
Additional courses for English majors only:
EDU 4478 Applied Linguistics - ESOL II
EDU 4483 ESOL Curriculum and Materials
EDU 4484 Cross Cultural Communication and Understanding
EDU 4486 Testing and Evaluation in ESOL

3-Year Fast Track

You can earn your education degree in three years. View the 3-Year Fast Track Plan for:


 

Course Descriptions

EDU 1107 FOUNDATION OF EDUCATION I
Four hours. An introduction to the study of public and nonpublic education systems, past, and present, in the United States and in other countries. Emphasis on problems, issues, and trends in contemporary American education as viewed from historical, sociological, psychological, and economic perspectives will be examined. This course will also serve as a prologue to comprehensive classroom management.

EDU 2200 FIELD STUDY LEVEL I
One hour. Prerequisite: EDU 1107. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education courses. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Students will participate in instructional activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercise, an ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher.

EDU 2203 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION II
Two hours. Prerequisite: EDU 1107. An introduction to the study of public and non public education systems emphasizing legal, professional and ethical issues in education, curriculum, and instruction, education psychology and classroom management.

EDU 2210 FOUNDATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Two hours. This is a major requirement that included Florida Exceptional Student Education Competencies K-12 as required by the Florida Department of Education. A study of the various exceptionalities found among children in public and private school, including the history, characteristics, etiology, terminology, incidence, eligibility guidelines and issues related to assessment, behavior management, and academic programming. Field- based activities are required in this course.

EDU 2235 TECHNOLOGY INFUSED TEACHING, LEARNING, AND ASSESSMENT
Four hours. Students in this course explore technology infused teaching, learning and assessment in the broad context of educational foundations and learning theories. A clinical experience is a major component of the course.

EDU 2240 TEACHING LANGUAGE ARTS LEVEL I
Four hours. Preprofessional teachers will master the theoretical and practical foundations for teaching the six language arts within the context of a culturally diverse and technologically complex environment. They will engage in cooperative analysis of classroom presentations, develop teaching strategies and master the teaching vocabulary of the language arts a well as integrating technology in the development of their lesson plans.

EDU 3279 FOUNDATIONS OF ESOL I
Four hours. Planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate methods and unique experiences to meet the needs of children who speak a language other than English. Characteristic of second language learner. Second language acquisition processes, and oral language development. Discussions of major trends in ESOL teaching as well as appropriate resources in ESOL methodologies. Exploration of various social contexts that maximize language and literacy development for second language learners such a collaborative groups and teacher-student conferencing. Focus on instructional strategies that effective teachers use to promote literacy development in all students.

EDU 3323 FIELD STUDY LEVEL II
One hour. Prerequisite: EDU 2200. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education course. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Student will participate in instructional activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercise, an ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher

EDU 3333 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION III
Two hours. Prerequisite: EDU 2203. An introduction to the study of public and nonpublic education systems emphasizing the philosophical foundations of education trends in contemporary American education, education psychology and classroom management.

EDU 3339 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS I
Four hours. In this course the student will use 21st century technology tools to promote the engaged teaching and learning of concepts in elementary mathematics. The emphasis will be on the real number system and its subsystems, relating these systems to basic concepts of algebra and geometry.

EDU 3343 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Four hours. Prerequisites: EDU 2235 and EDU 3279 and EDU 2240. Preprofessional teachers will master the theoretical and practical foundations for teaching the Language Arts within the context of a culturally diverse and technologically complex environment. They will apply these concepts in a laboratory school setting.

EDU 3347 TEACHING LANGUAGE ARTS II
Two hours. Prerequisites: EDU 2235 and EDU 3279 and EDU 2240. Preprofessional teachers will master theoretical and practical foundations for teaching the Language Arts within the context of a culturally diverse and technologically complex environment. They will apply these concepts in a laboratory setting.

EDU 3370 DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION OF READING FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Four hours. Preservice teachers will have a broad knowledge of students from differing profiles in order to understand and apply research-based instructional practices by differentiating process, product, and context. Teachers will engage in the systematic problem solving process and implement learned practices in a field based setting.

EDU 4400 FIELD STUDIES III
One hour. Prerequisites: EDU 2200 and EDU 3323. Supervised field studies taken simultaneously with major elementary and secondary education courses. Block scheduling with specific courses and schools will be arranged each semester. Student will participate in instruction activities, classroom planning, classroom management exercises, an ESOL activity, and follow all the guidelines and requirements of the classroom teacher.

EDU 4405 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS II
Four hours. Prerequisites: Admission into the Teacher Education Program 3000 Levels course. Content and methods emphasizing basic principles of science; understanding of scientific methods in teaching of children. Content, materials, skills, and evaluation procedures in teaching social studies.

EDU 4454 SPECIAL METHODS IN EDUCATION
Four hours. This course is designed to prepare for teaching in the secondary subject areas of Biology, Science, Mathematics, English, Social Sciences, Foreign Languages, Art, music, and Physical Education using a variety of research-based techniques, materials (including instructional technology), and teaching strategies. Special emphasis is given to the research based on effective teaching behaviors.

EDU 4457 READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL
Two hours. This course will focus on ways in which reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used in the content areas in conjunction with the strategies and skills appropriate to the developmental levels and attitude typical of secondary school students. The course will involve lesson planning and design as well as group presentation, discussion, and critique.

EDU 4478 APPLIED LINGUISTICS – ESOL II

Four hours. Prerequisite: EDU 3279. The structure of the English language will be surveyed identifying areas that cause problems for non-native speakers. The various sources of these problems will be identified, including interferences, acquisition strategies, and inherent complexity. Because the class is designed for K – 12 ESOL teachers, it will focus on the sound system, vocabulary system, and the grammatical system as they apply to students. In addition to practical information concerning the structure of English, participants will learn various principles of second language acquisition and apply those principles to the teaching of English a second language. ESOL Endorsement only.

EDU 4483 ESOL CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS
Two hours. The course focuses on applications of the theories , principles, and current research related to second language acquisition, as well as instructional techniques and materials relevant to development of ESOL curriculum.

EDU 4484 CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING
Two hours. Designed to develop awareness and understanding of the major cultures represented by the different language minorities within the State. It will provide insights that will enable participants to plan and implement curriculum, instruction and assessment activities that will meet the special needs of LEP students who are speakers of other languages.

EDU 4486 TESTING AND EVALUATION IN ESOL
Two hours. Designed to improve and enhance the participant’s knowledge to select and develop instruments of evaluation suitable for use with students who demonstrate limited English proficiency.

EDU 4889 STUDENT TEACHER INTERN SEMINAR
Two hours. Prerequisite: Completion of all major courses and permission of the instructor. Weekly seminar for interns. Discussion and analysis of general methods of teaching in schools, with an emphasis on classroom management, experience, and presentation.

EDU 4990 SENIOR INTERNSHIP
Ten hours. Prerequisites: Completion of all major courses. The senior internship is designed to be the culminating engaged learning experience for education majors regardless of age/grade level specialty, subject matter, and/or major. The internship is 14 weeks long and involves teaching, modeling, observing, and evaluating. The Coordinator of Field Studies at Florida Southern College and a representative of the Human Recourse Development Office of Polk County School assigns students to a Polk County Public School. The student will take over all responsibilities of a certified Florida classroom, teaching in his/her specialty area after receiving adequate preparation by the assigned teacher and supervisors.