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Elementary Education

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

Our Polk County based elementary education program ranks first among Florida private colleges with an outstanding reputation for preparing future teachers.

Top Reasons to choose Elementary Education at florida southern college

Best in State of Florida

Our Polk County based elementary education program is the best among all private colleges in the State of Florida and tied for second out of 75 public and private elementary education programs in the state.

Be Prepared

You’ll be fully prepared for the 21st-century classroom through our extensive training in instructional technology, exposure to a wide variety of classroom field experiences, and lab school opportunities.

Extensive Prepa­ra­tion

As an elementary education student, you’ll put all this learning into practice in real-world classrooms by completing over 1,000 hours in clinical experiences including the final internship.

Roberts Academy

The Roberts Academy, located in Lakeland in Polk county, is the only transitional school in the state serving students with dyslexia, allows majors to practice Education reading strategies using the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.

Find the Joys of Teaching Children

In EDU 3370 Differentiated Instruction of Reading for Elementary Students, you'll learn to understand and apply research-based instructional practices. Education majors engage in the systematic problem solving practices and implement instructional practices in a real-world classroom setting.

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Learn more about Elementary Education at the Virtual Day on Campus

Hear from college leadership, faculty, and staff as you learn more about life and learning at Florida Southern College. Academic showcases spanning the breadth of the college's academic offerings will provide you with opportunities to learn more about the Elementary Education program.

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4+1 Master of Education

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Featured Elementary Education Faculty

Tracey Tedder Ed.D.
- Associate Professor of Education

I believe that classrooms should be safe, student centered, and welcoming where active participation is promoted. Collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking must be fostered and students should be encouraged to share their opinions, as well as respect the opinions of others. Creating this kind of a safe classroom environment makes learning conducive for a variety of learning styles and needs.

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Engaged Learning in the Classroom

At Florida Southern College, you’ll engage in many hands-on activities in the classroom that model activities you can use in your field experiences and internship.

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

Clubs and More

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

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Program Information


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:


Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

In the News

There is always something interesting happening at Florida Southern.

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Middle School groundbreaking

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