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Middle Grades General Science Education (5-9) B.S. Degree

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    Our program prepares you for employment as a middle or secondary math teacher.

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    This teacher preparation program can be taken fully online or in a blended setting, which combines laboratory-based science work with practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach science in middle schools. You earn a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades General Science Education (grades 5-9) and will be well prepared to teach topics in astronomy, earth science, life science and physical science.

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    • Enjoy a career with hands-on laboratory experiences that make learning exciting for students and teachers.
    • Help students develop a scientific view of the world, as well as creative and critical thinking skills.
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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 shows you met SPC's general education requirements  
    • To have completed the following state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher:
      • EDF 1005 Introduction to Education
      • 8 credits of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry with Lab:
        • Biology with Lab I & II—BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L, BSC 2011 & BSC 2011L
          Note: This is preferred option because it also satisfies the prerequisites for both PCB 3043C and PCB 4674, which are part of the major. If the biology prerequisites are not taken prior to admission to the College of Education, they must be completed during the two semesters. 
        • OR General Chemistry I & II—CHM 2045 & CHM 2045L, CHM 2046 & CHM 2046L
          Note: CHM 1025 (or passing the chemistry placement test administered by SPC Natural Science department) is required as a prerequisite to BSC 2010 & BSC 2010L (see above) and SCE 3420C, which is a course in this major.
        • OR Physics with Lab I & II—PHY 2048 & PHY 1048L, PHY 2049 & PHY 1049L
        • OR General Physics I & II with Labs – PHY 1053 & PHY 1048L, PHY 1054 & PHY 1049L
      • 4 credits of Geology with Lab—GLY 2010 & GLY 2010L
      • 3 credits of Oceanography—OCE 2001
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 in all college classes
    • Passing scores from all sections of Florida’s General Knowledge test  

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    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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  • Middle Grades General Science Education (5-9)
    Bachelor of Science

    MGSED-BS

    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, Dean, (727) 712-5890

    Program Summary


    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 schools. You earn a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades General Science Education (grades 5-9) and will be well prepared to teach topics in astronomy, earth science, life science and physical science.

    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

    1101313165: MIDDLE GRADES BIOLOGY EDUCATION (BS)

    Federal CIP Code

    13.1316: Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Our program prepares you for employment as a middle school teacher. Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as science, math and bilingual education.

    Admission Rules

    - An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school)
    - Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college classes
    - Completion of the state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
    EDF 1005- Introduction to Education
    EDF 2080 - Teaching Diverse Populations
    EME 2040 - Introduction to Educational Technology

    - Passing scores from all sections of Florida's General Knowledge test (If the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) was taken before July 1, 2002, passing scores can also be used to meet this requirement.)

    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

    GPA:
    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.

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
    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 PREREQUISITES
    Grade of "C" or better required

    EDF 1005Introduction to Education3

    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
    AA Degree

    *In addition to the Education courses listed above, students are required to complete a general education (AA Degree) AND 15 credits of College-level Science (with a grade of "C" or higher) to include: 8 credits: Biology I & II w/Lab or Gen Chemistry I & II w/Lab or Gen Physics I & II w/Lab or Physics I & II w/Lab* 4 credits: Geology with Lab 3 credits: Oceanography *60

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

    EDF 3214Student Development and Learning Principles K-123
    EDF 4430Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-123
    EDG 3410Classroom Management and Communication K-123
    **EEX 3012Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-123
    RED 4043Reading within the Disciplines 5-123
    **SCE 4943Internship: Middle Grades General Science Education 5-912

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Major Requirements (Complete 30 credits)

    AST 1XXX - Any Astronomy Class3
    Science Lab - Any College-Level Approved Science Lab1
    BSC 4032Issues & Challenges in Science Education2
    ESC 1000CEarth Science3
    PCB 3043Ecology3
    PCB 3043LEcology Lab1
    PCB 4674Evolutionary Biology3
    SCE 3030Science Matters2
    SCE 3420CPhysical Science for Middle Grades Teachers4
    SCE 3945Interactive Projects that Promote Learning in Science3
    **SCE 3941Secondary Science Field Experience (6-8)1
    SCE 4330Secondary School Science & Assessment with Technology3
    SCE 4940Instructional Methods in Secondary Science & Assessment with Technology Practicum1

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    ESOL Requirements (Complete 3 credits)

    **TSL 3080ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 123

    * The Biology sequence is the preferred option because it also satisfies the prerequisites for both PCB 3043C and PCB 4674, which are part of the major. If the biology prerequisites are not taken prior to admission to the College of Education, they must be completed during the first two semesters.
    ** School based hours total 150 clinical clock hours plus a 15-week internship.

    Total Credits120
  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Bruce BrodneyFaculty,12 MonthSPBrodney.Bruce@spcollege.edu(727) 341-7986
    Meg DelgatoChair, College of EducationSPDelgato.Meg@spcollege.edu727-341-4422
    Michael PoulinChair, College of EducationCLPoulin.Michael@spcollege.edu(727)791-2788
    Robert RazeFaculty,12 MonthTSRaze.Robert@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5882