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Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (BSEE)

Beginning March 1, South Florida State College's Bachelor of Science Degree program in Elementary Education (BSEE) will accept applications for fall 2015 classes. If you have an Associate in Arts (AA) degree and have completed certain prerequisite education courses, you may be eligible to apply in this two-year program. Graduates earn Florida certification in kindergarten through sixth grade with ESOL and Reading endorsements.

For more information, consult the College Catalog or call the SFSC Advising and Counseling Center at 784-7405.

Value of the BSEE Degree

SFSC’s BSEE degree program prepares you to teach grades K-6 while working in diverse educational settings and with students of varying capabilities. You will learn how to plan and implement lessons that integrate math and science, health, music and movement, literature, fine arts, language arts, and social sciences. You will observe teachers in their classrooms, teach lessons through the practicum and internship courses, and complete a full-time teaching internship. Field experience builds upon previous semester experiences.

Courses cover such topics as:

  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Reading competency
  • Exceptionalities among students
  • Classroom management
  • Assessment
  • Integrated approaches to teaching methodologies at the elementary school level

Benefits of SFSC’s BSEE Degree Program

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree at a lower cost than at many universities.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in your own community.
  • Get ESOL and reading endorsements with your BSEE degree.
  • Experience a cohort format with small class sizes and highly qualified instructors.
  • Get on-the-job training with internships and practicums in the local school districts.

Job Outlook for Elementary Teachers

Teachers make a powerful impact on the lives of their students – and one that can never be fully measured. Teaching is a demanding profession but it comes with many rewards, which is why U.S. News and World Report ranks it 10th in its Best Social Service Jobs. As the report noted, “Elementary school teachers build a special bond with their students as they watch them grow and learn throughout the year.”

In the next decade, job opportunities for elementary teachers are expected to grow by as much as 17 percent in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s 2013 employment projections. Nationally, elementary teaching jobs are projected to grow by 12 percent, based on figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the entrance requirements for South Florida State College, applicants for the BSEE degree program must meet the following requirements, consistent with Florida Statute 1004.04:

  1. You have completed an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or the equivalent, including all general education requirements and required Florida mandated common course prerequisites. Students with a minimum of 60 transferable hours, with all general education requirements and prerequisites met, may apply for admission.
  1. You have completed these lower-division education prerequisite courses with grades of C or higher:
    • EDF 1005 - Introduction to the Teaching Profession
    • EDF 2085 - Introduction to Diversity for Educators
    • EME 2040 - Introduction to Technology for Educators
  1. You must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all higher education classes.
  1. You have demonstrated your mastery of general knowledge, including the ability to read, write, and compute, by passing the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

BSEE Program Plan

Third Year: Fall Term

TSL 3080     Theory and Practice of Teaching ESOL Students in Schools        
EDG 3442     Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management            
EDF 3467     Learning Theory and Assessment                    
RED 3012     Basic Foundations of Reading                        
LAE 3414     Literature for Children    

Third Year: Spring Term

RED 3519     Diagnostic and Corrective Reading Strategies                
EEX 3050     Teaching Exceptional Students                        
LAE 3314     Language Arts in the Elementary School                
SCE 3310     Teaching Science in Elementary School                
SSE 3312     Teaching Social Science in the Elementary School

Third Year: Summer Term

EDF 4603 Analysis and Application of Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues in Schools   

Fourth Year: Fall Term

TSL 4240     Issues in Second Language Acquisition                    
EDE 4223     Integrated Arts, Music and Physical Ed in the Elementary School    
MAE 4314     How Children Learn Mathematics                    
RED 4942     Practicum for Assessment and Instruction of Reading            
EDE 4942     Internship I

Fourth Year: Spring Term

EDE 4943     Internship II