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Academic Program Guide

Elementary Education

College: Education
Degree: Combined BS/MS
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Robert Birken or Frank Amidon
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760

Description of Major
The Elementary Education BS/MS pathway will prepare you to teach children at the kindergarten through sixth grade levels in all content areas. Our program is unique in that we focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, recognizing the importance of math and science taught in an integrated curriculum instead of in isolation. Through extensive field experiences with students of varying socioeconomic backgrounds and grade levels, you will be prepared to work with culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse student populations. Our coursework is grounded in research-based “best practices” that prepare you to be a leader in your field and community.

Combined BS/MS Degree Pathway
The Elementary Education program is a combined BS/MS degree pathway. The BS/MS pathway requires two years of upper-division undergraduate coursework plus one additional year of graduate coursework. Admission to the graduate portion of the combined degree pathway requires a 3.00 upper-division undergraduate GPA.

Upon completion of the undergraduate program you will earn a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Your bachelor's degree will be awarded at the end of the Spring semester of your senior year. Upon completion of the graduate program you will earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Elementary Education.

Professional Educator’s Certificate
Upon awarding of the Master’s degree you will have satisfied all the requirements for a state-approved teacher preparation program in Florida. You will be eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Elementary Education grades K - 6 with endorsements in English as a Second Language (ESOL), and Reading.

Prerequisite Coursework

Recommended Prerequisite Coursework
Although not required for admission, the Elementary Education program strongly recommends that prospective students take the following undergraduate courses as part of their lower-division or general education coursework:

Mathematics (6 hours)
1. MAC 1105 College Algebra
2. STA 1013 Statistics through Example

Natural Science (9 hours)
1. BSC 1005 General Biology for Non-Majors
2. CHM 1020 Chemistry for Liberal Studies or PHY 1020 Physics & Technology
3. AST 1002 Planets, Stars and Galaxies or ESC 1000 Introduction to Earth Science

History and Social Science (6 hours)
1. AMH 2010 History of the United States to 1877 or AMH 2020 History of the United States Since 1877
2. ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics

Required Prerequisite Coursework (3 hours)
The following coursework must be completed with a grade of C minus or better:

EDF 1005 (3) Introduction to Education or an equivalent course offering a broad view of education from a historical, cultural, psychological, political, social, and philosophical perspective. The course must include a field experience.

Limited Access Notice
Elementary Education is a limited access/enrollment program and utilizes selective admission to limit program enrollment. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission to Educator Preparation
Admission to Educator Preparation is separate and distinct from admission to upper-division from lower-division or admission to the university as a transfer student. All prospective students for Elementary Education must apply for formal admission to Educator Preparation through the College of Education. The Educator Preparation application is available online at

Application Deadline
The Elementary Education program only accepts applications for the Fall semester. All application materials including official transcripts and official FTCE General Knowledge Exam scores must be received by application deadline.

Tallahassee Campus
Educator Preparation applications are due February 15 for the Tallahassee campus.

Panama City Campus
Educator Preparation applications for Fall are due June 1.

Educator Preparation applications for Spring are due November 1.

The College of Education reserves the right to deny any application that is not complete by the application deadline.

Common Admission Requirements
All prospective students to Educator Preparation must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

1. Complete 60 credit hours of college-level coursework.
2. Earn a 2.50 cumulative GPA in all attempted college coursework. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
3. Complete FSU General Education Requirements or earn an AA degree from a Florida public college.
4. Complete a Natural Science Lab with a C minus or better.
5. Complete Oral Communication Competency (Speech) requirement with a C minus or better.
6. Complete Computer Skills Competency requirement with a C minus or better (EME 2040 recommended).
7. Complete Diversity requirement with a C minus or better (EDF 2085 recommended).
8. Complete EDF 1005 - Introduction to Education with a C minus or better.
9. Earn passing scores on all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Exam.

See for General Education curriculum.
See for a list of approved Liberal Studies courses.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Students
Transfer students must satisfy the university’s minimum requirements for admission including demonstration of satisfactory academic progress, college-level English and mathematics proficiency, and world language proficiency. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must submit a personal statement to the Office of Admissions. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation. See for details.

FTCE General Knowledge Exam
The FTCE General Knowledge Exam (GK Exam) is a state-mandated entrance exam for all Educator Preparation programs in the State of Florida. No student may be admitted to an Educator Preparation program without official passing scores on all four sections on the GK Exam. There are no exceptions to this policy. For more information on the GK Exam including test preparation resources please visit and


Major Program of Study at FSU: (84 hours)

Undergraduate Coursework: (48 hours)

EDE 4302 (3) Literacy Assessment and Instruction
EDE 4316 (3) Differentiating Reading and Content Area Literacy Instruction
EDE 4907 (3) Directed Field Experiences
EDF 4210 (3) Educational Psychology: Developing Learners
EEX 4070 (3) Including Students with Disabilities in the General Education Curriculum
LAE 4314 (3) Language Arts and Literature in the Elementary School
MAE 4310 (3) The Teaching of Elementary School Mathematics
MAE 4326 (3) How Children Learn Mathematics
MAE 4114 (3) Learning Progressions in Elementary Mathematics
RED 4310 (3) Early Literacy Learning
RED 4510 (3) Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
RED 4941 (3) Elementary Education Reading Practicum
SCE 4891 (3) Introduction to the Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry for Elementary Teachers
SCE 4892 (3) Problem-Based Science Learning for Elementary Teachers
TSL 4251 (3) Applied Linguistics for Second Language Learning
TSL 4520 (3) Cross-cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers

Graduate Coursework: (36 hours)

Twelve (12) of the thirty-six (36) graduate credit hours required for the Master’s degree are completed as part of the undergraduate program during the senior year study. These courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.

EDE 5225 (3) The Elementary School, K-6
EDE 5511 (3) Organization for Classroom Instruction in the Elementary School
EDE 5941 (9) Internship in Elementary Teaching
EDE 5942 (3) Elementary Teaching Field Practicum
EDE 8966 (0) Master's Comprehensive Exam
EDG 5709 (3) Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction
EDG 5365 (3) Practitioner Research
EME 5050 (3) Teaching and Technology
SCE 5215 (3) Conceptual Learning in Elementary School Science
SSE 5615 (3) Problems in Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
TSL 5005 (3) Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages

University-Wide Graduation Requirements

Computer Skills Competency (3 hours): Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Oral Communication Competency (3 hours): Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Natural Science Lab (1 hour): Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Scholarship-In-Practice (3 hours): Completed within major coursework (EDE 4907)

Upper-Division Writing (3 hours): Completed within major coursework (RED 4310)

A LiveText membership is required for all Educator Preparation candidates. The LiveText membership costs $133 and must be purchased within the first 30 days of your first semester in the program. Throughout your program, courses will include Signature Assessments that must be completed and uploaded into LiveText for evaluation by your instructors. Your LiveText membership is good for five years and allows you to retain evidence of your demonstration of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) and Reading Competencies.

Additional Examinations
Two additional exams are required for all Educator Preparation candidates:

1. FTCE Professional Education Exam (Pro Ed) - $150
2. FTCE Subject Area Exam - $150

The FTCE Professional Education Exam and FTCE Subject Area Exam are state-mandated requirements and cannot be waived. Both FTCE exams must be completed before a candidate can participate in Student Teaching. Test preparation materials are available online at

Criminal Background Screening
School districts have taken precautionary measures to ensure the security and safety of their students. To gain entry into a school and to comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act, all Educator Preparation candidates involved in field experiences and student teaching must complete a Level II background screening (fingerprinting). The cost of the screening and red badge is $95.00 for Leon County and $95.00 for Bay County. The badge is effective for five years. The background check must be completed within the first 30 days of your first semester in the program. See for additional details.

Field Experiences
Field Experiences are a required component of all educator preparation programs at Florida State University. They provide students an opportunity to participate in teaching activities in a classroom setting with a certified teacher. The location, duration and frequency of field experiences vary by semester and program. Prospective students should think carefully about their transportation needs, work schedule, extracurricular activities and time management. See for additional details.

Student Teaching
Student Teaching is the culminating experience in Florida State University’s Educator Preparation Program. During this semester-long experience, you will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the various skills that you have learned throughout your program. See for additional details.

Professional Behaviors and Dispositions
While enrolled in an Educator Preparation program, candidates are expected to demonstrate positive behaviors and dispositions that conform to the "Code of Ethics" (State Board of Education Rule 6A10.080 FAC) and the "Principles of Professional Conduct in Florida" (State Board of Education Rule 6A10.081 FAC). Each program reserves the right to refuse or discontinue enrollment of any student who violates these expectations or in the judgment of a majority of the program faculty does not meet the program standards. Information on professional behaviors and dispositions can be found on the Educator Preparation Web site:

Program Completion
All Educator Preparation candidates must demonstrate mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs), and positive dispositions prior to graduation. Upon admission to the program, students will receive a cohort specific Educator Preparation Handbook that outlines these requirements in detail. A copy of the current Educator Preparation Handbook is available online at

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

Total Hours Required: 145
General Education: 36
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 15
Computer Skills: 3
Oral Communication Competency: 3
Natural Science Lab: 1
Pre-Education Coursework: 3
Undergraduate Major Coursework: 48
Graduate Major Coursework: 36

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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.

2. All of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.

3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Teacher of Elementary School and Early Middle School, Guidance Counselor (with graduate school), Recreation Supervisor, Youth Organization Worker, Sales Representative, School Equipment & Supplies, Curriculum Leader of Schools and districts, Reading/Literacy Coach in Schools and districts.

Representative Employers: Schools- Public, Private Boards of Education; Correctional Institutions; Adoption & Child Care Agencies; Community Organizations; YMCA & YWCA’s; Government Agencies; Manufacturers of Childcare Products, Private Businesses.

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