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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 program 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 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.

Upon graduation, you will earn both a both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Elementary Education and will be eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Elementary Education (K - 6), the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement, and the Reading endorsement. The Elementary Education program is Florida state-approved initial teacher preparation program.

Combined BS/MS Degree Program Notice
The Elementary Education program is a combined BS/MS degree program. The BS/MS program requires two years of upper-division undergraduate coursework plus one additional year of graduate coursework. Admission to the graduate portion of the combined degree program requires a 3.00 upper-division undergraduate GPA and official GRE scores (Verbal: 146, Quantitative: 140, Writing: 3.0). Students must complete the Master's portion of the combined-degree program to receive the Bachelor's degree.

Prerequisite Coursework

Recommended Prerequisite Coursework
Although not required for admission, the Elementary Education program strongly recommends that prospective students take the following undergraduate courses:

Mathematics (6 hours): MAC 1105, STA 1013
Natural Science (9 hours): BSC 1005, CHM 1020 or PHY 1020, and AST 1002 or ESC 1000
History/Social Science (6 hours): AMH 2010 or AMH 2020 and ECO 2013 or ECO 2023

Required Prerequisite Coursework (3 hours)
The following coursework must be completed with a grade of C minus or better.
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

Limited Access/Enrollment Notice
Elementary Education is a limited access/enrollment program. *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 April 1 for the Tallahassee campus.

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

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.
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.

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. 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


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 4XXX (3) Learning Trajectories 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 4XXX (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)
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 5XXX (3) Elementary Teaching Field Practicum
EDE 8966 (0) Master's Comprehensive Exam
EDG 5709 (3) Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction
EDG 5XXX (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)

Program Completion
All Educator Preparation candidates must demonstrate mastery of the Florida Department of Education Uniform Core Curriculum 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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