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Academic Program Guide

Elementary Education

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

Contact: Advisor
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760

Description of Major
The Elementary Education curriculum leads to the bachelor’s degree and eligibility for certification for teaching grades K-6 in the Florida public schools, ESOL and reading endorsements. The program is NCATE approved; graduation from the program makes the graduate eligible for certification in other states beyond Florida. Courses taken address classroom management, teaching methodologies in elementary subject areas, assessment, and working with diverse student populations. Most of these courses require field experiences in local public schools. A full-time internship in the public schools is a requirement.

Prerequisite Coursework

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major

Application for admission to teacher education is distinct from admissions to an upper-division college or school and is made in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS). The departmental teacher education application can be accessed from . Students are formally admitted into this major for the Fall only. Applicants to Elementary Education are selected on the basis of multiple criteria: GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and rigor of lower-division coursework.

Current FSU students: Submit department application by February 15th

Transfer students: Submit department application by February 15th

Submit University application by February 15th

Minimum admission requirements:
1. Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin),
2. Complete all General Ed/Liberal Studies requirements or an A.A. degree, within the Florida articulation agreement, with a grade of C or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course
3. Complete the pre-education coursework with grades of C minus or better
4. Achieve a passing score on each section of the General Knowledge section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
5. Achieve an overall 2.5 GPA minimum.
6. Satisfy the university Oral Communication Competency, Computer Literacy, multicultural/diversity, and Natural Science Lab requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate General Bulletin.

* Note: Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. *

State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Prerequisite Coursework:

Pre-education coursework (3 hours)
The following course must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better.
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education


Major Program of Study at FSU: (83 hours)

Undergraduate Coursework: (49 hours)
SCE 4891 (3) Introduction to the Nature of Science and Scientific Inquiry for Elementary Teachers
EEX 4070 (3) Including Students with Disabilities in the General Education Curriculum
MAE 4326 (3) How Children Learn Mathematics
RED 4310 (3) Early Literacy Learning
TSL 4520 (3) Cross-cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers
EDE 4907 (4) Directed Field Experiences
RED 4510 (3) Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
LAE 4314 (3) Language Arts and Literature in the Elementary School
TSL 4251 (3) Applied Linguistics for Second Language Learning
MAE 4XXX (3) Learning Trajectories in Elementary Mathematics
EDE 4302 (3) Literacy Assessment and Instruction
EDE 4316 (3) Differentiating Reading and Content Area Literacy Instruction
MAE 4310 (3) The Teaching of Elementary School Mathematics
EDF 4210 (3) Educational Psychology: Developing Learners
EDE 5511 (3) Organization for Classroom Instruction in the Elementary School
TSL 5005 (3) Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages
RED 4941 (3) Elementary Education Reading Practicum
SCE 4XXX (3) Problem-Based Science Learning for Elementary Teachers

Graduate coursework: (34 hours)
SSE 5615 (3) Problems in Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
EDE 5511 (3) Organization for Classroom Instruction in the Elementary School
TSL 5005 (3) Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages
EDG 5XXX (3) Practitioner Research
EME 5050 (3) Teaching and Technology
EDE 5225 (3) The Elementary School, K-6
EDG 5709 (3) Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction
SCE 5215 (3) Conceptual Learning in Elementary School Science
EDE 5XXX (1) Elementary Teaching Field Practicum
EDE 5XXX (9) Internship in Elementary Teaching
EDE 8966 (0) Master's Comprehensive Exam

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

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Program completion requires:
Passing the general knowledge, professional education, and subject area tests (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. These must be completed prior to the semester in which the student plans to student teach.

Admission to the FSU Graduate School is required for completion of the combined degree. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and submit a university graduate application during the last year of undergraduate coursework successful completion of the course. The Master’s degree is required to complete the program. Students must meet all graduation requirements established by the University, the College of Education and the curriculum. There are no degree options if the student does not complete the entire curriculum.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

Total Hours Required: 137
General Education: 36
Pre-Education Coursework: 3
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 15
Undergraduate Major Coursework: 49
Graduate Major Coursework: 34
Computer Skills: 3 (within General Education/elective coursework)
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 (within General Education/elective coursework)

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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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