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SPC > Academics > College of Education > Elite Educator Program - Elementary Ed (K-6) B.S. Degree
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    Please call 727-712-5888 or 727-712-5410 after you complete your SPC application so we can connect it with the cohort for the Elite Educator Program.

Elite Educator Program - Elementary Ed (K-6) B.S. Degree

  • Become an Elite Educator with Pinellas County Schools

    Our new Elite Educator Program – a partnership between St. Petersburg College and Pinellas County Schools – is changing the way teachers learn to teach. This program prepares you to teach grades K-6 and gives you an endorsement in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Reading. This program lets you hit the ground running by tailoring general education classes to equip you to teach a variety of subjects.

     Officials 

    Why is this different?

    • Students will be admitted in cohorts and will take all their classes together.
    • Students will have a coach who will mentor and advise them throughout the whole the program.
    • Students will have monthly seminars on effective teaching during the four year program.
    • Students will assimilate themselves in the classroom through extensive field placements from the beginning of the program.
    • General education classes will be taught by faculty who will assist future teachers in closing the gap between content attainment and delivery of content to learners.
    • During the first two years, students will take, in addition to the FL mandated prerequisite teacher education courses, a series of courses designed specifically for educators. Existing teacher education programs do not offer these courses until the third and fourth year.
    • Students will be better prepared in all subjects, especially math and science, to work with all students, including Exceptional Students and English Language Learners.
    • Students will take courses in child and adolescent development, teaching students with exceptionalities and curriculum integration and will have opportunities to implement the strategies they learn beginning the first year.

    If you successfully complete the Elementary Education degree program in four years, you will receive:

    • Employment: A job with Pinellas County Schools upon completion of a PCS internship.
    • Paid internship: Monetary incentives upon completion of a PCS internship.
  • Admissions Guide 

    Admission Requirements

    To qualify for the Elite Educator Program you must have:

    • 3.0 high school GPA unweighted 
    • One of the following test scores*:
      SAT – 460 Critical Reading, 460 Math
      ACT – 19 Reading, 17 Writing, 19 Math
      PERT - 110 Reading, 110 Writing, 114 Math
      * combined scores may be considered 
    • Two reference forms from teacher, guidance counselor or community leader
    • A successful candidate interview
    If you successfully complete the Elementary Education degree program in four years, you will receive:
    • Employment: A job with Pinellas County Schools upon completion of a PCS internship.
    • Paid internship: Monetary incentives upon completion of a PCS internship.

    Steps to Apply

    1. Complete an SPC Application online 
    2. Call 727-712-5888 or 727-712-5410 so we can connect your application with the cohort for the Elite Educator Program
    3. Complete a Pinellas County Schools Reference form 

  • Dr.Kimberly Hartman, Dean (727)712-5890

    Major: Elite Educator Program
    Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education

    View list of classes in sequence for years 1-4 of Elite Educator Program.

    Degree Requirements

     1. General Education

    A. Communications (9 credits) 

    • ENC 1101 Composition I - 3 credits
    • LIT 2120 World Literature - II 3 credits
    • SPC 1608 Public Speaking - 3 credits

    B. Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credits) 

    • HUM 2210 Western Humanities - 3 credits
    • MUL X010 Music Lit/Appreciation - 3 credits

    C. Mathematics (9 credits) 

    • MAT 1100 Exploration of Math (prereq for MGF 1106, STA 2023) - 3 credits
    • MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Math I - 3 credits
    • STA 2023 Elementary Statistics - 3 credits

    D. Natural Sciences (9 credits) 

    • BSC 1005 Biological Science - 3 credits
    • BSC 1930 Biological Issues - 3 credits
    • ESC 1000 Earth Science - 3 credits

    E. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 

    • POS 2041 American National Government - 3 credits
    • SYG 2010 Social Problems - 3 credits

    F. Ethics (3 credits) 

    • PHI 1600 Applied Ethics - 3 credits

    G. Computer/Information Literacy Competency – no minimum credit hour required 

    • EME 2040 - 3 credits

    2. Program Prerequisites (9 credits)

    • EDF 1005 Introduction to Education - 3 credits
    • EDF 2085 Teaching Diverse Populations - 3 credits
    • EME 2040 Instructional Technology - 3 credits

    3. Diversity Requirement (6 credits)

    • HUM 2210 Western Humanities - 3 credits
    • GEA 2174 Geography of the Developing World - 3 credits

    4. World View Requirement (3 credits)

    • LIT 2120 World Literature II - 3 credits

    5. Core Requirements - Lower Level

    • EDF XXXX Child and Adolescent Development for Educators - 3 credits
    • EEX 2010 Introduction to Exceptional Student Education - 3 credits

    6. Program of Study – Upper Level (60 credits)

    A. Core Requirements 

    • EDE 4940 Internship: Elementary Education K-6 - 12 credits
    • EDF 3214 Student Development and Learning Principles - 3 credits
    • EDF 4430 Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment - 2 credits
    • EDF 4781 Educational Issues for the 21st Century - 2 credits
    • EDG 3410 Classroom Management and Communication - 2 credits
    • EEX 3012 Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students - 3 credits
    • RED 4940 Final Reading Internship - 1 credit

    B. Elementary Education Requirements 

    • EDE 4324 Science Concepts and Procedures - 1 credit
    • EDE 4226 Integrated Language Arts, Children’s Lit and SS - 4 credits
    • EDE 4304 Integrated Mathematics and Science - 4 credits
    • EDE 4314 Mathematical Concepts and Procedures - 1 credit
    • EDE 4421 Evaluation in Elementary Education - 2 credits
    • EDE 4942 Integrated LA, Children’s Lit and SS Practicum - 1 credit
    • EDE 4943 Integrated mathematics and Science Practicum - 1 credit
    • EDG 3620 Curriculum and Instruction - 3 credits
    • EEX 4604 Behavior Management of Exceptional Students - 3 credits
    • RED 3309 Early and Emergent Literacy K-2 - 3 credits
    • RED 4511 Intermediate Literacy 3-6 - 3 credits
    • RED 4519 Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading - 3 credits

    C. ESOL Requirements 

    • TSL 3080 ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P-12 - 3 credits
    • TSL 4081 ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices II P-12 - 3 credits

    7. Foreign Language Requirement

    Two consecutive years in high school or one year of college instruction in a single foreign language. The general education courses have been designed especially for Education majors.