The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program at Polk State College is a Florida-approved teacher preparation program that builds on an Associate in Arts degree. Field experience is an integral part of this degree program, leading up to the final internship, which involves a 12-week placement in a local Polk County school. During this time, teacher candidates are able to assume the role of a full-time classroom teacher, providing ample time for teacher candidates to demonstrate mastery of the skills and competencies delineated by the State of Florida. Graduates of the elementary education degree program will be eligible for certification through the Florida Professional Teacher Certification with Elementary Education (Grades K-6), along with requirements for ESOL Endorsement and Reading Endorsement for the Florida Teacher Standards.
Polk State’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program is a 60-hour, state-approved teacher preparation program that builds on an Associate in Arts degree. During the course of the bachelor’s degree, students complete requirements for Florida Professional Teacher Certification (kindergarten-sixth grade).
Field experiences are an integral component of the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program, providing real-world settings for students to make connections between what is learned in class and how that knowledge is applied in professional practice at a variety of school settings and grade levels as they progress through the program.
The culminating teaching experience, the final internship, provides ample time for teacher candidates to demonstrate mastery of the skills and competencies delineated by the State of Florida as necessary for effective teaching and learning. The typical final internship experience is a 12-week placement in a local school where teacher candidates assume the role of a full-time classroom teacher. Field experience and internship placements for teacher candidates will be limited to schools within Polk County. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program will be eligible for Florida Professional Teacher Certification with Elementary Education (Grades K-6)/ESOL Endorsement/Reading Endorsement.
Admission to the BS in Elementary Education program requires:
- Associate of Arts degree, or the equivalent, from a regionally-accredited school or college with a minimum 2.5-grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
- If the student’s associate’s degree is from a non-regionally accredited institution but is nationally accredited, the degree qualifies for admission, but a course-by-course evaluation is done according to Polk State College’s transfer practices and policies.
- Completion of three common Education Prerequisite Courses (AA electives) with a grade of “C” or higher
- EDF1005 – Introduction to the Teaching Profession
- EDF2085 – Introduction to Diversity for Educators
- EME2040 – Introduction to Technology for Educators
- EDF1250 – Introduction to Classroom Management (Recommended, but not required)
- Passing score on the General Knowledge Test (GKT) of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE). Please request that a copy of your GKT scores be sent directly to Polk State College.
- Fingerprint-based background check.
- Additional admission requirements include the submission of a cover letter and specific acknowledgments.
- Under special circumstances, a one-semester admission waiver can be requested.
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Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science d ... Read More