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Educational Studies and Community Leadership: Preschool Specialization B.S. Degree

  • BS iconOur Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and Community Leadership Preschool Specialization gives you the knowledge and skills to work effectively with early learners (birth to age 4) and their families in both the public and private sectors. Other than some classes that have school-based hours, this program can be completed fully online. This program can be funded through the TEACH Scholarship Program.

    Program highlights:

    • Quality program offered at an affordable cost
    • Courses offered online, face-to-face or a blend of the two
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards are used in this concentration
    • Quality experiences in the field with two practicum and one internship supervised by experienced educators

    NOTE: This degree does not lead to a teaching certificate.

  • Admissions Guide 

    Admission Requirements

    To be admitted to this 60-credit program, you need:

    • An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school to include A.A. degree general education requirements) 
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.00 scale in all college classes

    NOTE: This degree does not lead to a teaching certificate.

    Degree path for AA to BS

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    Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3-5.

    Good news for Head Start employees 

    This program meets the intent of the federal Head Start Act that requires at least 50 percent of Head Start Teachers nationwide have a bachelor’s or advanced degree in early childhood education by 2013; or a bachelor’s or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education.

  • Educational Studies and Community Leadership
    Bachelor of Science


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2018 (550)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2018 (550), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

    Dr. Kimberly Hartman
    (727) 712-5890

    Program Summary

    Our Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and Community Leadership is an interdisciplinary program. Students seeking jobs in non-school settings benefit from portions of the essential knowledge and skills associated with the field of education. The Educational Studies and Community Leadership major has been specifically designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of the learning and teaching process, yet seek careers in non-school settings.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Florida CIP Code

    1101399991: EDUCATIONAL STUDIES (BS)

    Federal CIP Code

    13.9999: Education, Other.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Graduates of the Educational Studies and Community Leadership program can seek employment as a trainer, evaluator, policy analyst, researcher, fundraiser, among others, in community programs serving children and families, workforce development, religious centers, rehabilitative services, adult education centers, charities, prisons, and hospitals.
    • They also can pursue graduate or professional studies in areas such as public administration, education administration, educational policy, educational research, fundraising and philanthropic studies, law, international diplomacy, comparative and international education, social work, staff development, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurship.

    Admission Rules

    Students pursuing an A.A. degree in Education from St. Petersburg College should consult the Education A.A. portion of the catalog for General Education Requirements. For questions regarding admissions, please consult with the Dean of College of Education.

    Prerequisites for admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) and Early Childhood Education (PREEDU) tracks:
    o Admission to the College of Education: Educational Studies and Community Leadership
    o Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

    Prerequisites for admission to the Educational Interpreting (SLIP) track:
    o Admission to the College of Education: Educational Studies and Community Leadership
    o Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
    o AA Degree
    o ASL 1140C Basic American Sign Language with Lab
    o ASL 1150C Intermediate American Sign Language with Lab
    o ASL 1160C Advanced American Sign Language with Lab
    o ASL 2210C American Sign Language IV with Lab
    o ASL 1300 Structure of American Sign Language
    o ASL 1510 Introduction to Deaf Culture

    Graduation Rules

    A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation.

    Important notice to current Baccalaureate students: To view a list of the classes you need to take before you can graduate, login to MySPC and choose My Learning Plan. Contact your academic advisor with any questions.

    *NOTE: FLDOE removed State Mandated Prerequisite course EDF 1005, May 2018.


    Complete 26 credits

    EDF 3660Education and Public Policy in the United States3
    EDF 4632Sociology of Education3
    EDF 4810Comparative and International Education3
    GEB 3213Business Communication for Professional Effectiveness3
    TSL 3080ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 123
    EDF 4430Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-123
    EDF 4650Health, Safety, & Ethics in Youth & Family Settings2
    MAN 4102Managing Cultural Diversity3
    EDF 3152Nature of the Learner3

    Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 34 credits)

    Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) (Complete 34 credits)

    DEP 3305Psychology of Adolescence3
    EDF 3214Student Development and Learning Principles K-123
    EDF 4084Cultural & Social Foundations of Education3
    EDF 4731Youth Administration & Leadership Communication Techniques3
    EDF 4754Theoretical & Practical Issues in Education3
    EEX 3012Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-123
    MAN 3301Public Personnel Management3
    MAN 4625Managing Global Human Resources3
    PAD 4232Grant Administration & Resource Development3
    EDF 4123Design & Implementation of Youth Programs3
    EDG 4940EDST Internship4

    Early Childhood Education (PREEDU) (Complete 34 credits)

    EEC 3005Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood3
    EEC 3009Foundations of Early Childhood and Education3
    EEC 3204Curriculum in Early Childhood Education3
    EEC 3403Young Children with Special Needs3
    EEC 3413Working With Diverse Families in Early Childhood Education3
    EEC 4212STEM in Early Childhood3
    EEC 4227Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education3
    EEC 4408Family, Teacher, and Community Relations in Early Childhood Education3
    EEC 4706Early and Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood3
    EEC 3266Program Planning for Infants & Toddlers3
    1EEC 4948Early Childhood Education Internship4

    Educational Interpreting (SLIP) (Complete 34 credits)

    INT 3004Fundamentals of Interpreting3
    INT 3205CIntroduction to Interpreting4
    INT 4260Simultaneous Interpreting Skills4
    2INT 3XXXVoicing I3
    INT 3270Consecutive Interpreting Skills4
    INT 4235Voicing II3
    INT 4211Transliterating3
    INT 3404Advanced ASL Interpreting and Translation in Educational Settings3
    INT 3403Issues in Educational Interpreting3
    INT 4944Interpreting Internship4

    1 Pending SCNS approval
    2 Course under development. Pending SCNS approval.

    Total Credits120
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