Polk State College Partners with Florida Southern College To Strengthen Education Workforce

Jul 11, 2017

by Staff

Polk State College and Florida Southern College have established an articulation agreement that allows eligible Polk State graduates to seamlessly enroll in a Florida Southern School of Education master’s degree program. 

The agreement, signed last month and effective immediately, enables Polk State College graduates with Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Childhood Education (Pre-K to 3) degrees to enroll in the Master of Education in Collaborative Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.) and Master of Education in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.L.) programs. This agreement will produce highly qualified teachers and administrators, enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in Central Florida.

In order to qualify, students must have a 3.0 GPA and hold or be eligible for a Florida professional teaching certificate. Successful applicants are exempt from several FSC admission requirements, including an application fee. In addition, applicants receive a free tuition voucher upon enrolling in the final required course in the master’s program.

“The signing of this agreement increases access and opportunity for our students to clearly defined pathways to success in their education careers,” said Dr. Donald Painter, Polk State College interim vice president of student affairs. “I commend Florida Southern College for proactively working with Polk State toward this agreement for the benefit of students and their families.”

The Florida Southern Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Collaborative Teaching and Learning degree program is designed to further the knowledge and skills of classroom teachers. The Master of Education (M.Ed.L.) in Educational Leadership degree program is designed for teachers who hope to explore roles in educational leadership or administration.

Dr. Tracey Tedder, dean of the School of Education at Florida Southern, said the agreement will strengthen the teacher workforce in Polk County and beyond.

“Our masters’ degrees are designed to help qualified teachers become even better at the demanding task of educating young people. We believe the Polk State graduates who enter our program will be examples of excellence in their profession,” she said.

About Polk State College…
Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes, hands-on learning, dedicated faculty, day and night classes, online options, affordable tuition, excellent financial aid opportunities, and a diverse community and vibrant student life featuring fine arts programs, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.