Our program prepares you for employment as a high school teacher.
This teacher preparation program combines laboratory-based science work with practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach science in middle and high schools. You earn a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science and Biology Education (grades 6-12). You'll be prepared to teach a wide range of science courses found in the modern high school, including biology, marine biology, anatomy and physiology and environmental science. Many of our graduates certify in chemistry as well.
To be admitted to this 63-credit program, you need:
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.
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.
Dr. Kimberly Hartman, Dean, (727) 712-5890
*** STUDENTS ENTERING THIS PROGRAM IN FALL 2018 (0550) ARE NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE EME 2040 OR EDF 2085 ***
This teacher preparation program combines laboratory-based science work with practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach science in grades 6-12. You earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology Teacher Education (6-12) and will be well prepared to teach topics related to Biological Sciences.
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
1101313221: SECONDARY BIOLOGY EDUCATION (BS)
Federal CIP Code
13.1322: Biology Teacher Education.
Job Related Opportunities
Admittance to this 61-credit program requires:
- An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school)
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 in all college classes
- Completion of the state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
EDF 1005- Introduction to Education
EDF 2085 - Teaching Diverse Populations
EME 2040 - Introduction to Educational Technology
MAC 2311- Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
8 credits of Biology with Lab:
Biology with Lab I & II-BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L, BSC 2011 & BSC 2011L
8 credits of Chemistry or Physics with Lab
General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis with Lab I & II-CHM 2045 & CHM 2045L, CHM 2046 & CHM 2046L
Note: This is preferred option because it also satisfies the prerequisites for BCH 3023, which is part of the major. If the chemistry prerequisites are not taken prior to admission to the College of Education, they must be completed during the two semesters.
Physics with Lab I & II-PHY 2048 & PHY 1048L, PHY 2049 & PHY 1049L
- Passing scores from all sections of Florida's General Knowledge test
Students who have questions concerning state mandated prerequisites should consult https://www.floridashines.org/ and review the
appropriate common prerequisite manual or see an academic advisor.
A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for graduation.
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 years in high school or two semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language.
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.
STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITESEducation Prerequisites (Grade of "C" or better required)
STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITESScience & Mathematics Prerequisites (Grade of "C" or better required)
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSA.A. Degree
MAJOR CORE COURSESCore Requirements (Complete 27 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSESMajor Requirements (Complete 31 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSESESOL Requirements (Complete 3 credits)
* School-based hours total 150 clinical clock hours plus a 15-week internship.
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