Florida Southern College’s School of Education is dedicated to the education of the best elementary teachers aspiring to make a difference in the lives of children.

Florida Southern College offers a program of teacher education in Elementary Education K-6. This program is approved by the Florida Department of Education to satisfy the educational requirements for the baccalaureate degree and initial teacher certification in Florida.

Why Choose FSC for Elementary Education

  • Florida Southern College accepts funding for Polk County School District’s Project Greenhouse that provides tuition reimbursement for district employees at Florida Public University rates.
  • Accelerated, seven-week academic terms enable full-time students to complete up to 48 credit hours per year.
  • Courses are arranged conveniently for working professionals.
  • Supervised work experience occurs in school classrooms with students and teachers.
  • Internships are conducted in cooperation with the local public school system.
  • Personalized attention is available in small classes with an average ratio of student to faculty of 13:1.
  • Accomplishments are recorded in a personal portfolio.
  • Program is fully accredited by the Florida Department of Education.

The School of Education is also home to the Roberts Center for Learning and Literacy and the Roberts Academy. Students in education programs will be engaged in a variety of field study experiences on and off campus including the Roberts Academy and a variety of local schools.

Program Outcome Goals for Elementary Education Majors

  • Understand the learner and the learning process.
  • Apply knowledge, skills and competency to manage a classroom.
  • Balance the affective (emotional) and cognitive (mental) elements of teaching.
  • Provide effective education experiences in a multicultural society.
  • Successfully pass the Florida Teacher Certificate Exam.
  • Acquire initial teacher certification in Florida and most other states.
  • Competently lead students as a professional classroom teacher.

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Degree 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 and Educational Assessments and Measurements
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 3360 Teaching Reading Methods I
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 4460 Teaching Reading Methods II
EDU 4478 Applied Linguistics – ESOL II
EDU 4889 Student Teacher Intern Seminar
EDU 4990 Senior Internship
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 7 hours
E. Total 124 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
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Admission Requirements

  • Completed Online Application
  • Official Transcripts of all Academic Work
  • If less than 60 credit hours have been earned from a regionally accredited college or university, official high school transcripts are also required.
  • Polk County School Board background clearance.
  • Personal Interview with Education Faculty
  • Academic Interest Inventory

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 as 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 3360 TEACHING READING METHODS I
Four hours. Materials and practice in teaching reading. History or reading; reading skill foundations; phonics; emergent-procedures and word recognition. Students will participate in planning and lesson presentations. An in-field reading lesson teaching experience is required.

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 4407 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS II
Four hours. Prerequisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. The content, materials, skills, and evaluation procedures in teaching social studies will be examined and emphasized.

EDU 4409 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS III
Four hours. Prerequisite: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. The content, materials, methods and practices in the teaching of science will be examined and emphasized. The understanding of the scientific processes and how to teach these to children will be presented with each of the sciences.

EDU 4460 TEACHING READING METHODS II
Two hours. Prerequisite: EDU 3360. Material and practice in teaching reading, history or reading; reading skill foundations; phonics; emergent procedures and word recognition are examined. Students will participate in planning and lesson presentations. An in-field reading lesson teaching experience is required.

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 as a second language. ESOL Endorsement only.

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 Schools 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.