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Elementary Education (K-6) B.S. Degree

  • BS iconBecome an elementary school teacher

    As an elementary education certified teacher, you can make a powerful impact on young children. Our Elementary Education bachelor's degree prepares you to teach grades K-6 and gives you an endorsement in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Reading.

    A quality education degree

    • Our program meets all Florida Department of Education Certification requirements including endorsements in reading and English for speakers of other languages
    • We give you extensive experience in public schools including diverse placements in primary and intermediate grades
    • You take practicums and and a final internship supervised by veteran educators
    • We offer free extracurricular professional development experiences
    • Research infused program

    Features that fit you

    • Degrees are affordable with scholarship opportunities
    • Classes are offered face-to-face, online and blended
    • We offer full and part-time programs
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    Admission requirements

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

    • An A.A. degree from a regionally accredited school that meets SPC's general education requirements 
    • To have completed these state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher:
      EDF 1005 - Introduction to Education
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale in all college classes
    • Passing scores from all sections of Florida’s General Knowledge test  

    Degree Path from AA to BS to Industry Certification 


    After completing the coursework for this degree including the school-based hours and internship, students will be guided through the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.

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    Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of both declines in student–teacher ratios and increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region.

    In May 2012, the median annual wage of kindergarten teachers was $50,120 and elementary school teachers was $53,400.

    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

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  • Elementary Education (K-6) with Infused ESOL & Reading Endorsements
    Bachelor of Science


    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) 712-5876

    Program Summary


    Program Summary
    This teacher preparation program combines college coursework related to the elementary content, the pedagogy of teaching and practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach in an elementary classroom grade K-6. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6) and will be endorsed in both Reading an ESOL. Courses with an * include school-based hours.

    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


    Federal CIP Code

    13.1202: Elementary Education and Teaching.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Elementary Education Teacher in grades K-6

    Admission Rules

    - An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school)
    - Completion of the state-mandated prerequisite with a grade of C or higher
    EDF 1005- Introduction to Education
    - A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale in all college classes
    - Passing scores from all sections of Florida's General Knowledge test

    For admission and graduation a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.
    Questions regarding admissions, please consult with the Dean of College of Education.
    Students who have questions concerning catalog year requirements should consult the appropriate SPC College catalog or an academic advisor. Students who have questions concerning state mandated prerequisites should consult www.facts.org and review the appropriate common prerequisite manual or see an academic advisor.

    Graduation Rules


    CULTURAL DIVERSITY: (6 credits)
    Six credits with an international or diversity focus. This requirement may have been satisfied in the first 60 semester hours.

    Two consecutive years in high school or one year of college instruction in a single foreign language.

    For admission and graduation a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.

    Completing all program requirements, including ESOL, demonstrating competency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) at the pre-professional level, passing all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), and passing the final internship are conditions of graduation.

    Students who have questions concerning catalog year requirements should consult the appropriate SPC College catalog or an academic advisor.


    *EDF 1005Introduction to Education3
    EDF 2085Diverse Populations3
    EME 2040Introduction to Educational Technology3

    A.A. Degree


    Core Requirements (Complete 23 credits)

    *EDE 4940Internship: Elementary Education12
    EDF 4430Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-123
    **EDF 3150Learning Theory and Student Development1
    EDG 3410Classroom Management and Communication K-123
    *EEX 3012Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-123
    *RED 4940Final Reading Internship1

    Major Requirements (Complete 31 credits)

    EDE 4226Integrated English Language Arts, Social Studies and the Creative Arts for the Elementary Classroom4
    EDE 4304Integrated Mathematics and Science4
    *EDE 4942Integrated Language Arts, Children's Literature and Social Science Practicum1
    *EDE 4943Integrated Mathematics and Science Practicum1
    EDG 3620Curriculum and Instruction3
    *RED 3309Early and Emergent Literacy K-23
    *RED 4511Intermediate Literacy 3-6: Reading, Writing and Thinking3
    *RED 4519Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading for Diverse Students K-123
    *MAE 4114Mathematics Content for the Elementary Grades3
    SCE 4113Science Concepts in the Elementary Classroom3
    SSE 4112Social Studies Content in the Elementary Classroom3

    ESOL Requirements ( Complete 6 Credits)

    *TSL 3080ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 123
    *TSL 4081ESOL Issues: Principles & Practices II P-123
    TSL 4939ESOL Capstone

    * School-based hours in major total 220 clinical clock hours plus a 15-week internship in Elementary Education and Reading.
    ** Course under development, pending C&I approval

    Total Credits120
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    Penny BarnaAdjunct Faculty, BachTSBarna.Penny@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3067
    Marie BiggsFaculty,12 MonthCLBiggs.Marie@spcollege.edu(727) 341-4710
    Bruce BrodneyFaculty,12 MonthSPBrodney.Bruce@spcollege.edu(727) 341-7986
    Cynthia FreedAdjunct Faculty, BachCLFreed.Cynthia@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3360
    Jeani FullardFaculty,12 MonthTSFullard.Jeani@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5419
    Cher GauweilerFaculty,12 MonthTSGauweiler.Cher@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5420
    Gay HazlewoodAdjunct Faculty, BachTSHazlewood.Gay@spcollege.edu(727)712-5424
    Robert RazeFaculty,12 MonthTSRaze.Robert@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5882
    Becky SanknerAdjunct Faculty, BachSPSankner.Becky@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5239
    Nancy WatkinsFaculty,12 MonthSPWatkins.Nancy@spcollege.edu(727) 341-4719
    Jane WilsonAdjunct Faculty, BachSPWilson.Jane@spcollege.edu727-398-8224