Degree Type: B.A., B.S.
CIP Code 13.1202
Major Code BEE
Department Code EDE
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The SOE has the responsibility for the development and supervision of programs leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education K-6.

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.  In addition, the faculty members are currently reviewing the program and candidates are advised to check with their academic advisor regarding changes in the program.

Elementary Education majors will be assigned to a specified sequence of courses to be followed throughout the program enrollment. Coursework will include clinical requirements and field experiences. Candidates who withdraw from or who have unsatisfactory grades during a field experience or internships clinical requirement may be terminated from the program.

Part-time students in Elementary Education (those planning to take 9 credit hours or less per semester) must meet program and clinical requirements associated with the programs. These requirements include being available to participate in the clinical requirement during the regular school hours of operation.

Candidates may complete a state-approved program to be eligible for certification in Elementary Education (grades K-6).  Degree and certification requirements are subject to change in accordance with state mandates. The current program of study includes both coursework and extensive clinical experience in elementary school settings to enable candidates to integrate theory with teaching practice.  All elementary education candidates are required to demonstrate the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) through core assignments in courses and clinical requirements.

The School of Education offers a full ESOL Endorsement for all Elementary Education major graduates.  There are special requirements for ESOL endorsement  infused in coursework.  Candidates must successfully complete the following:

  1. Three (3) courses with specific focus in instruction for English Language Learners (TSL 4240, TSL 4344, and TSL 4349), with a minimum score of ‘Satisfactory’ or meets standard on all Critical Tasks and tests.
  2. ESOL Field Experience documentation with evidence of satisfactory demonstration of the Florida Teacher Standards for ESOL Endorsement, 2010.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Elementary Education candidates demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge and content pedagogical knowledge across subject areas.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Elementary Education candidates demonstrate self-reflection, professional growth, and ethical practice.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Elementary Education candidates use research-based practices and data to make instructional decisions.
  4. Educational Design
    • Elementary Education candidates design educational experiences that result in positive impact on student academic achievement.
    • Elementary Education candidates are proficient in integrating technology to enhance academic achievement.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Elementary Education candidates enhance learning environments to meet needs of the diverse experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students.
    • Elementary Education candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students.


State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

These prerequisites must be met by all USFSM students with a grade of “C-” as the minimum acceptable grade.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Number Course Number Credit Hours
EDF X005 EDF 2005 3
EDF X085 EDF 2085 3
EME X040 EME 2040 3

Degree Requirements

International/Diversity Courses Credits

Completion of a minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
AMH 2010 American History I 3 None SMSS
AMH 2020 American History II 3 None SMSS
ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology 3 None SMSS
ANT 2410 Cultural Anthropology 3 None SMSS
ARH 2050 History of Visual Arts I 3 None
ARH 2051 History of Visual Arts II 3 None
EUH 2011 Ancient History I 3 None
EUH 2022 The Medieval West 3 None
EUH 2031 Modern European History II 3 None
LIT 2010 Introduction to Fiction 3 None
LIT 2040 Introduction to Drama 3 None
MUH 2051 Folk and Traditional Music of World Cultures 3 None
REL 2300 Introduction to World Religions 3 None SMSS
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3 None SMSS

 Professional Education (30-33 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child 3 PR: General Psychology; School of Education Majors only
EDF 3604 Schools and Society 3 Junior or Senior Standing SMCD
EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers 3 School of Education Majors only
EEX 4084 Instruction for Exceptional and Diverse Students 3 School of Education Majors only
TSL 4240 Applied Linguistics in Teaching Diverse Students 3 School of Education Majors only
TSL 4344 Foundations of Teaching ESOL in Mainstream Classes 3 CP: TSL 4240
TSL 4349 Teaching Multilingual Students 3 PR: TSL 4240; CP: TSL 4344
EDE 4949 Clinical Education III 9-12 PR: EDE 4948; DPR; S/U Must have all state tests and applicable programmatic requirements completed

Specialization (42 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDE 4302 The Learning Environment 3 PR: EDE 4947, RED 4310, EEX 4084, MAE 4310; CR: EDE 4948
EDE 4323 Planning for Instruction of Diverse Learners 3 PR: EDE 4223, EDF 3604, EDF 3122, TSL 4240; CR: EDE 4947
EDE 4947 Clinical Education I 3 PR: EDE 4223, EEX 4084, EDF 3122, TSL 4240; CR: EDE 4323 Field Experiences are to be approved by the School Director or designee
EDE 4948 Clinical Education II 6 PR: EDE 4947, EDE 4323, MAE 4310, RED 4511; CR: EDE 4302; CP: RED 4310 Field Experiences are to be approved by the School Director or designee
LAE 4314 Teaching Writing in the Elementary School, Grade K-6 3 Elementary Education Majors only; CI
LAE 4414 Teaching Literature in the Elementary Schools, K-6 3 None
MAE 4310 Teaching Elementary School (K-6)Mathematics I 3 PR:  Two college level mathematics courses; School of Education Majors only
MAE 4326 Teaching Elementary School (K-6) Mathematics II 3 PR: MAE 4310
RED 4310 Reading and Learning to Read 3 School of Education Majors only
RED 4511 Linking Literacy Assessment to Instruction 3 PR: RED 4310
SCE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Science 3 School of Education Majors only; Admission to School of Education and completion of General Distribution Requirements in the Natural Science area
SSE 4313 Teaching Elementary (K-6) Social Studies 3 School of Education Majors only; CI
EDE 4223 Creative Experiences for the Child 3 School of Education Majors only

Clinical Education

Candidates will be required to complete field experiences and Clinical Education experiences throughout the teacher preparation program. It is the policy of the SOE that a candidate who does not successfully complete a field experience or Clinical Education requirement will be terminated from the program.

The Clinical Education experience involves observing and teaching in a classroom. Clinical Education sites are available in the counties served by USFSM. Candidates should meet with an advisor to discuss eligibility for Clinical Education I and  II internships.

Special requirements for enrollment Clinical Education III are:

  1. Admission to the SOE.
  2. Completion of General Education, “Gordon Rule,” and all other program prerequisites.
  3. Passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test.
  4. Completion of fingerprinting and background check as required by the school district in which the student is placed.
  5. Successful completion of Clinical Education I and II prior to the beginning of Clinical Education III.
  6. Completion of an application for Clinical Education III is required.
  7. Completion of all professional education and specialization coursework, including the ESOL documentation, prior to Clinical Education III.
  8. A combined grade point average of 2.50 in professional education and specialization coursework as well as an overall USF GPA of 2.50.
  9. A minimum “C-” grade or “S” in their required major courses.
  10. Passing scores on all sections of the FTCE exam prior to the first day of classes during Clinical Education III.