Staying Ahead of the Curve

Florida Southern College is committed to remaining on the leading edge of pedagogy, ensuring that our students are prepared for the challenges of today's classroom. The School of Education is pleased to offer two concentrations that address emerging trends in education.

STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

As global competition for advances in science and technology intensifies, many schools have been placing greater emphasis on STEM classes—science, technology, engineering, and math. Florida Southern's STEM Education concentration will equip you with the tools needed to effectively integrate these topics into the everyday lessons of the classroom. STEM Education courses will be offered during fall and spring semesters at the graduate and undergraduate levels in seven-week hybrid course formats.

Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Instruction

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a time-tested and scientifically proven approach to teaching students who have difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling, usually associated with dylsexia. Students of this concentration will learn to recognize and address the needs of struggling readers using the language-based, multisensory Orton-Gillingham Approach. Courses will be offered in a one-week, face-to-face format during fall and spring semesters.

 

Course Schedules

STEM Concentration (Undergraduate Level)

Course I: EDU 1997 (2 Credit Hours) Introduction to STEM Education in the Classroom
Fall, Evening A term, hybrid
Term 1A (E1) 2014-2015 (August 20 – October 7, 2014)
Instructors: Professors Veal and Rakes
Seven weeks, Thursdays (4:40 – 6:25 pm)
Cost: $280.00 per Credit Hour (2 Credit Hours)
Location: Edge Hall 201

Course II: EDU 2997 (2 Credit Hours) STEM Education in the Classroom
Fall, Evening B term hybrid
Term 1B (E2) 2014-2015 (October 8 – December 6, 2014)
Instructors: Professors Veal and Rakes
Seven weeks, Thursdays (4:40 – 6:25 pm)
Cost: $280.00 per Credit Hour (2 Credit Hours)
Location: Edge Hall 201

Course I: EDU 1997 (2 Credit Hours) Introduction to STEM Education in the Classroom
Spring, Evening A term, hybrid
Term 2A (E3) 2014-2015 (January 7 – February 25, 2015)
Instructors: Professors Veal and Rakes
Seven weeks, Thursdays (4:40 – 6:25 pm)
Cost: $280.00 per Credit Hour (2 Credit Hours)
Location: Room TBD

Course II: EDU 2997 (2 Credit Hours) STEM Education in the Classroom
Spring, Evening B term hybrid
Term 2B (E4) 2014-2015 (March 9 – April 25, 2015)
Instructors: Professors Veal and Rakes
Seven weeks, Thursdays (4:40 – 6:25 pm)
Cost: $280.00 per Credit Hour (2 Credit Hours)
Location: Room TBD

Orton Gillingham Concentration (Undergraduate Level)

Course I: EDU 3997-01 (2 Credit Hours) Orton Gillingham for the Classroom Teacher
Fall, Evening Term A
2014-2015
Instructor: Janet Jones
One week workshop course
Dates: Sept 20, 22-25, 2014
Saturday (9 am – 4 pm), Monday – Thursday (6 pm – 9 pm)
Cost:  $540.00
Location: Roberts Academy

STEM Education Graduate Concentration

Course I: EDU 6997 (2 Credit Hours) Introduction to STEM Education-Graduate
Fall, online
2014-2015
Instructor:  Dr. Karen Aponte
Seven Weeks
Cost: $315.00 per Credit Hour (2 Credit Hours)

Course II: EDU 7997 (2 Credit Hours) STEM Education-Graduate
Spring 2014-15, Online
January 5 – April 18, 2015
Instructor:  Dr. Robert Helmick
Seven Weeks
Cost: $315.00 per Credit Hour (2 Credit Hours)

 

Course Descriptions

EDU 1997 (2 Credit Hours) Introduction to STEM Education in the Classroom
The teacher candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of STEM education as it applies to K-12 learners. Emphasis will be on foundational concepts of STEM education including the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into everyday curriculum.

EDU 2997 (2 Credit Hours) STEM Education in the Classroom
The teacher candidate will apply knowledge and understanding of STEM education as it pertains to K-12 learners. Emphasis will be on instructional practices of STEM education including the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into everyday curriculum.

EDU 3997 - 01 (2 Credit Hours) Orton Gillingham for the Classroom Teacher
This course is an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading and spelling.  Current and future classroom teachers will acquire knowledge and strategies to address the literacy needs of their struggling readers. Participants will learn the structure of our written language to include: letter-sound associations, syllable types, syllable division patterns, and spelling rules.  They will develop systematic, multi-sensory techniques and strategies effective for all students, but essential for those who struggle. Dyslexia and other related language difficulties will be discussed. Presentations will include lectures, multi-sensory activities, and teaching demonstrations.

EDU 6997 (2 Credit Hours) Introduction to STEM Education-Graduate
This course provides the historical context with an overview of the importance and best practices of STEM education in America.  Graduate students will explore the details of STEM programs by researching how to establish a policy agenda, as well as, developing a communications strategy for a successfully administered program.  Students will also research and describe the global workforce demands, which make STEM education of vital importance to local and national education leaders.  Further, students will examine pedagogical theory and practice integrating STEM content and concepts across the disciplines and including differentiation for all students.
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do about textbooks? Are they required and if so how do I purchase the required books?
All materials required for the course are included in the course cost. You do not have to purchase a textbook.
 
What is the Orton Gillingham Multisensory Instruction Method?
The IMSE approach allows teachers to incorporate into their daily lessons the five components essential to an effective reading program: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension strategies.
 
What makes IMSE unique is our face-to-face, hands-on technique. Our method works to support your current reading program instead of disrupting it. It is an additional tool to incorporate into your literacy instruction, and since it’s integrated in the general classroom, it’s flexible enough to fit the needs of all types of learners. Teachers can group students based on their need for greater challenges or additional support.
 
Each district has its own needs and budget, but all districts want to produce proficient readers. Whether you’re a teacher who wants to enhance your classroom reading curriculum or an administrator who wants to empower your teachers to help every child achieve his reading potential, IMSE training unlocks the door to reading fluency. (from the Orton-Gillingham webpage).

For addition information please visit the Orton-Gillingham program website. (http://orton-gillingham.com/frmProfessionalDevelopment.aspx)
 
How do I register for a class?
Graduate students may register for either concentration here. Under "Program Applying for," please select STEM/Orton-Gillingham Specalized Courses. Please note: transcripts from previous institutions are NOT required for non-degree seeking students. Additionally, letters of reference, a resume, a personal statement, and a teaching certificate are NOT required.

Undergraduate students may register here. Please note: Under "Program Applying for," please select Non-Degree; Under "Non-Degree," please select Specialized Education Courses.
 
Who do I contact if I have questions about the program?
Please call the School of Adult and Graduate Education at 863-680-4205 or by email at evening@flsouthern.edu.
 
How do I cancel my registration if I need to withdraw?
A full refund is available if your registration is cancelled no later than the Wednesday prior to the course start date. All cancellations or requests for withdrawal must be faxed to 863.680.4565 or emailed to registrar@flsouthern.edu . Please include the course title and dates which the class is scheduled to meet in your withdrawal information/correspondence.
 
I’d like to receive a certificate of completion when I have completed the two STEM or reading courses. How do I obtain a certificate?
Please complete this form and submit to the School of Adult and Graduate Education to obtain a certificate of completion.
 
I’d like for the school district that I work for to receive a copy of my transcript verifying my completion of these courses. How do I request a transcript for course work completed?
We offer online transcript ordering through our partner, the National Student Clearinghouse. The cost is $7.50 per copy and you will need a credit card and a valid email account. Transcripts will not be released if there is an outstanding balance on your FSC account. If you have questions, please contact the registrar’s office at 863.680.4127.
 
How much do the courses cost?
EDU 1997 (2 Credit Hours) Introduction to STEM Education in the Classroom ($280.00 per Credit Hour, 4 Credit Hours=$1,120.00)
EDU 2997 (2 CH) STEM Education in the Classroom ($280.00 per Credit Hour, 4 Credit Hours=$1,120.00)
EDU 3997 - 01 (2 Credit Hours) Orton Gillingham for the Classroom Teacher ($540.00)
EDU 6997 (2 Credit Hours) Introduction to STEM Education-Graduate ($315.00 per Credit Hour, 2 Credit Hours- $630.00)

When do I have to pay for the courses?
After submitting the online application you will receive an email stating that we received your application. Within 7-10 business days you will receive an email confirmation which includes your password and user ID# so that you can go on to the FSC Portal and make payment for the course. Payment is required upon receipt of your registration email. Please be aware that courses will be dropped from the student’s schedule on the day after the registration deadline (the Wednesday prior to the course starting date) if not paid for in full or if no arrangements have been made through student accounts.
 
Please log into the FSC Portal with your FSC ID# and password to submit your payment; Visa and MasterCard is accepted. You can find the payment option in the portal by clicking on the student tab and then clicking on the Financial Information link in the left sidebar, and lastly click “Go to CashNet” near the bottom of the page. If you have any questions regarding your student account, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 863.680.4154 (M-F, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.).
 
Failure to pay course fees does not withdraw you from the course(s). Unless you withdraw from the course as described above, you will be liable for payment.
 
How do I obtain my ID# if I lost or misplaced it?
Please email evening@flsouthern.edu or call the School of Adult and Graduate Education at 863-680-4205.
 
How do I obtain a password and user ID# to log on to FSC's Portal?
Your password is provided to you on the Registration Confirmation email that is sent within 7-10 business days after you have applied for a workshop. If you need to request the password again, please do the following:
 
Email a request for a password to campusweb@flsouthern.edu. Please include the following:

 

  • FSC ID#
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Birth Date
Your password will be returned by email within 24 hours.
 
Who do I contact if I have an issue with course payment?
Please call the FSC Student Accounts Office at 863-680-6217  or by email at pparker@flsouthern.edu.
 
Can I enroll in the course as a non-degree seeking student?
Yes, simply indicate on the registration form that you are a non-degree seeking student.
 

Registration Information

Graduate students may register for either concentration here. Under "Program Applying for," please select STEM/Orton-Gillingham Specalized Courses. Please note: transcripts from previous institutions are NOT required for non-degree seeking students. Additionally, letters of reference, a resume, a personal statement, and a teaching certificate are NOT required.

Undergraduate students may register here. Please note: Under "Program Applying for," please select Non-Degree; Under "Non-Degree," please select Specialized Education Courses.

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Tracey Tedder, Ed.D.
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Nina B. Hollis Endowed Chair of Education
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863.680.4172
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