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Educational Studies and Community Leadership: Interdisciplinary B.S. Degree

  • BS iconOur 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 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.

    Program highlights:

    • Quality program offered at an affordable cost
    • Classes offered completely online
    • A bachelor's degree that can provide the foundation for those who wish to pursue a master degree
    • Classes organized in an easy-to-understand sequence

    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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  • Careers

    Graduates of the Educational Studies and Community Leadership degree program prepare to work in:

    • Children, Family, and Community Outreach Programs (Adult Ed, GED, Job Skills Training, Literacy Programs, Senior services, etc.)
    • Youth Development (YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, After school programs, etc.)
    • Non-Profits (Homeless/Transitional programs, Help Lines, At-risk programs)
    • Human Resources/Higher Ed (Corporate training, Health Benefits, Records Management, Advising, Career Counseling, Recruiting, Financial Aid, etc.)
    • Entrepreneurial (start your own daycare, after school program, youth leadership program, tutoring, etc.)
  • Educational Studies and Community Leadership
    Bachelor of Science

    EDST-BS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), 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, Dean, (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.

    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

    - Admission to the College of Education: Educational Studies and Community Leadership
    - Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

    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.

    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.

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 26 credits

    EDF 3660Education and Public Policy in the United States3
    EDF 4632Sociology of Education3
    EDF 4810Comparative and International Education3
    EDF 4123Design & Implementation of Youth Programs3
    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

    Select ONE of the following Subplans

    SUBPLAN
    Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 34 credits)

    SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
    SUBPLAN A: INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (Complete 34 credits)

    DEP 3305Psychology of Adolescence3
    EDF 3214Student Development and Learning Principles K-123
    1EDF 4084Cultural & Social Foundations of Education3
    2EDF 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
    EDG 4940EDST Internship4
    3EDF 3152Nature of the Learner3

    SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
    SUBPLAN B: PRESCHOOL EDUCATION (BIRTH TO AGE 4) (Complete 34 credits)

    EEC 3005Child Growth and Development: Birth to Age 83
    EEC 3009Foundations of Early Childhood Care and Education: Birth to Age 83
    EEC 3204Curriculum in Early Childhood Education: Birth to Age 83
    EEC 3403Young Children With Special Needs: Birth to Age 83
    EEC 3413Working With Diverse Families in Early Childhood Education: Birth to Age 83
    EEC 4212Math, Science, and Technology for Preschool Education: Birth to Age 43
    EEC 4227Creative Arts for Preschool Education3
    EEC 4408Family, Teacher, Community Relations in Early Childhood Education: Birth to Age 83
    EEC 4706Early and Emergent Literacy in Preschool Education3
    EEC 4945Senior Capstone for Preschool Education (Birth to Age 4)4
    4EEC 3266Program Planning for Infants & Toddlers3

    1 Submitted as EDF 4635; SCNS approved as EDF 4084; tentative Spring 2019 implementation.
    2 Submitted as EDF 4730; SCNS approved as EDF 4731 tentative Summer 2018 implementation.
    3 Submitted as EDF 4151; SCNS approved as EDF 3152; tentative Spring 2018 implementation.
    4 SCNS approved EEC 3266; tentative Fall 2018 implementation.

    Total Credits120
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