Communication students

Bachelor's Degree in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication

Recognized by the Florida Department of Education as the top elementary education program in the state.

The Florida Southern College adult education program ranks first among Florida private colleges. Our outstanding reputation for preparing future teachers ensures you’ll receive the education and training necessary to begin a successful teaching career.

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.

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.

Why Choose FSC for Elementary Education

Tuition reimbursement

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.

Students can complete up to 48 credit hours per year

Accelerated and hybrid learning, seven-week academic terms enable full-time students to complete up to 48 credit hours per year. Program is fully accredited by the Florida Department of Education.

Supervised work experience

Internships are conducted in cooperation with the local public school system. Supervised work experience occurs in school classrooms with students and teachers.

Personalized attention

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.

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Program outcome goals for Communication students

  • Understand communication theories and integrate them into your own real-world work and life situations.
  • Build relationships with local organizations to help you make connections in your area of study.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to be a competent leader.
  • Learn methods to conduct extensive research, creating a case study that is applicable to your own interests and/or workplace setting. 
  • Communicate effectively across diverse populations.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

A degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from FSC prepares you for further studies in graduate programs that emphasize Communication Arts, Communication Studies, Health Communication, International and Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Legal Communication, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, Political Communication, Public Address, Public Relations, and Rhetorical Criticism.

Our graduates are also prepared for professional degree programs such as law and theological studies and graduate programs such as anthropology, business, criminology, education, english, mass communication, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion, social work, sociology, theater arts, urban studies, and women’s studies.

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

Students have an opportunity to join local organizations, connecting them to professionals throughout the nation.

Active professional organizations include the Florida Public Relations Association, the American Advertising Federation, and the National Broadcasting Society.

Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Honor Society, promotes leadership in the field of communication through volunteering in the community and in leadership workshops offered on campus.

Communication Program Cost for 2015-2016**

Tuition per credit hour $300
8 credit hours $2,400
Technology Fee* $50

* Technology Fees for the School of Arts and Sciences: $25 for up to 4 credit hours, $50 for 5-8 credit hours, $100 for 9 or more credit hours

** Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.