The Bachelor’s in Elementary Education degree program is a limited access program.  The SOE may accept professional education and specialization coursework completed at USFSM or at other accredited institutions as follows:

  1. Courses completed within the last five (5) years may be accepted.
  2. Courses completed over five (5) years but less than ten (10) years ago must have the approval of the Director from the School.
  3. Courses completed ten (10) years ago or longer will count as elective credit only.

Admission to the Bachelor’s in Elementary Education degree is contingent upon meeting the following preliminary requirements:

  1. Completion of a SOE application form.  The admission process to the SOE is separate and in addition to admission to USFSM. Education majors must meet with an academic advisor to apply for admission into the School. During the New Student Orientation, students receive information about their degree program and register for courses for their first semester.
  2. Completion of General Education requirements.
  3. Passing scores on a general knowledge exam specified for the major:
    1. For the major in Elementary Education, which leads to certification to teach in Florida, submission of passing scores on all portions of the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams, within 10 years of application for certification. GRE test administrations conducted on or after July 1, 2015, may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge. Passing scores must be in accordance with Rule 6A-4.0021 (12) FAC.
    2. For the major in Interdisciplinary Education, which does not lead to state certification, EITHER submission of passing scores on all portions of the General Knowledge Test of Florida Teacher Certification Exams OR all portions of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam.
  4. An overall minimum GPA of 2.50 on all attempted hours.
  5. Completion of State-Mandated Common Prerequisites.

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International Students

The program requires field experience or clinical experiences.  You will need to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) in order to complete the requirements for several courses. Obtaining the SSN is the responsibility of the student.