Bachelor of Science
Note: In addition to the membership application above (“Apply for this Program Now”), students must also meet the program requirements for this program.
The mission for the Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program is to prepare students for public and private school settings to become highly effective Pre-Kindergarten through grade 3 teachers. The program offers affordable, flexible; yet targeted courses that focus on providing developmentally appropriate teaching practices to future educators through both hybrid and on-line class formats. The B.S. curricula are evidence-based and strive to meet and exceed the Florida Department of Education requirements. Students graduate with the ability to earn the Florida Educator Certificate (PreK/Primary) and an ESOL endorsement.
The curriculum is designed to provide a practical hands-on application approach to understanding early childhood education and contains 21 credit hours of general education core requirement credits; 63 credit hours of associate degree course work; and 36 credit hours of Early Childhood Education credits. With the lower-division component of the B.S. degree built on the College’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program in Early Childhood Management, students who have completed the A.S. degree will, in most cases, be able to apply their technical course work toward the B.S. degree, saving considerable time and money that would be required for an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree to transfer.
The prerequisites for entering the B.S. in E.C.E. are a completed A.S. in Early Childhood Management or a completed A.A. degree and completion of the three prerequisite courses for Florida Teacher Preparation Programs:
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the B.S. in Early Childhood Education program, applicants must:
- Must have earned an Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Management or an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completed a minimum of 60 transferable college credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
- Submit a bachelor’s membership application by the
- Satisfy the bachelor degree general admissions requirements .
- Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination – General Knowledge Test (all four sections) – www.fl.nesinc.com (State Statute 1004.04). Please send your Official Score Report to TeacherExams@fscj.edu.
- Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the general education component of A.S. or A.A. degree or have completed the requirements for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (State Statute 1004.04).
- Students must submit a typed essay (350-500 words) on their reasons for becoming a teacher. Students submit their essays to TeacherAdmissions@fscj.edu.
To receive a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Florida State College, students must:
- Earn a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the general education component of A.S. or A.A. degree or have completed the requirements for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, as required by Fla. Stat. § 1004.04.
- Successfully complete all required courses with a “C” or better.
- Take and pass all three of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations, which include the following, as required by the Florida Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066:
a. General Knowledge (all four parts): before acceptance to the program.
b. Pre-K/Primary Subject Area Examination: prior to internship.
c. Professional Education Test: prior to graduation.
For more information on the cost or how to register for the examinations, please see www.fl.nesinc.com.
- Submit an approved portfolio, which demonstrates, at minimum, the following two program requirements:
- Initial understanding: The initial understanding portfolio consists of a variety of assignments from the Early Childhood Education coursework.
- Mastery of the competencies: The mastery portfolio is completed during your final internship (EEC 4940). The mastery portfolio must demonstrate how the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices are mastered.
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Total Credit Hours: 120
A.S. Transfer Students Proposed Program of Study
All courses are sequenced.
Early Childhood Management (A.S.) Components (Credit Hours: 63)
Early Childhood Management (A.S.) Components Credit Hours: 63
Upper-Level General Education Courses (Credit Hours: 21)
*Refer to A.A. General Education Requirements .
‡Students must satisfy the requirements for all categories of the specified A.A. General Education Requirements.
*‡Additional Humanities from A.A. requirements Credit Hours: 3
*‡Additional Social and Behavioral Sciences from A.A. requirements Credit Hours: 6
*Additional Mathematics from A.A. requirements Credit Hours: 3
*Natural Science from A.A. requirements Credit Hours: 6
Major Concentration: Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Level Courses (Credit Hours: 36)
A.A. Transfer Students Proposed Program of Study
All courses are sequenced.
Early Childhood Credits from A.S. Degree (Taken at Upper-Level) (Credit Hours: 24)
Major Concentration: Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Level Courses (Credit Hours: 36)
Background Check Requirement for Education Majors
Please be aware that all students are required to pass a background check in order to complete field experience and EEC 4940 - Internship Early Childhood. Failure to pass the background check may result in the student being unable to complete the course and program. For the exact cost for the background checks, please refer to the Field Experience Guide, which is located in the Field Experience Blackboard Community shell.
Listed below are the most common reasons for being denied entrance into PK-12 field experiences and the internship.
- Two or more misdemeanor charge dispositions resulting in pre-trial diversion, a guilty plea, a plea of nolo contendere and/or withhold of adjudication.
- Unresolved criminal charges.
- Prior employment termination for unsatisfactory performance.
- Prior employment terminations for cause.
Students are encouraged to contact the program manager in advance if they have concerns about their clearance.
If a student is removed from EEC 4940 - Internship Early Childhood by the hosting school or the program dean/manager, the student will be required to meet with the appropriate dean or program manager and develop an action plan for remediation. Remediation is mandatory and must be completed prior to another internship placement according to the College’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU’s) with all participating school districts. There will be no refund of tuition and costs. However, students may appeal their tuition fees through the Dean of Student Success by following the procedures listed in Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the College Catalog.
Upon successful completion of the remediation plan, the student must re-apply for internship placement. However, the College cannot guarantee placement since the school district must approve all placements.
Foreign Language Requirement
Bachelors degree-seeking students must meet a foreign language requirement prior to graduation. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing eight semester hours of the same foreign language or sign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in statute 1007.262 and DOE Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible to send official high school transcripts to the Registrar’s office for evaluation.
- Submitting an English translated high school course-by-course transcript from a country of origin, exits test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students must have an English translation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
- Also, appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will be accepted.
Courses are offered in Chinese (CHI 1120 and CHI 1121 ), French (FRE 1120 and FRE 1121 ), Spanish (SPN 1120 and SPN 1121 ), and German (GER 1120 and GER 1121 ) that fulfill this eight semester hours requirement. Students may use American Sign Language I and II (ASL 1140 and ASL 1150 ) to satisfy foreign language requirements.
Writing and Mathematical Skills Requirement
The Florida State Board of Education Rule regarding the required writing and mathematical skills was revised in December 2005. 6A-10.030 specifies the policies and procedures for implementing the requirement (Table 5).
To receive a bachelor’s degree, students must:
- Fulfill the academic requirements for the chosen major;
- Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the selected bachelor degree with at least a “C” average (2.0 GPA) for an all college cumulative grade point average. This includes Florida State College college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding prep) in lower and upper division courses;
- Earn a minimum of 25 percent of all credits counting toward the baccalaureate degree from Florida State College (note: this means, for example, a minimum of 30 credits for a 120 credit bachelor’s degree).
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits at the 3000 and/or 4000 level from Florida State College.
- Apply no more than 45 semester hours in any combination of extension, correspondence, CLEP, University Credit by Examination and Armed Forces credits toward an undergraduate degree;
- Fulfill the 36 college credit Florida General Education Requirements (note: 42 semester hours of required General Education for the B.S.N. degree);
- Fulfill the Foreign Language requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing eight semester hours of the same foreign language or sign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in status 1007.262 and State Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible for sending official high school transcripts to the Registrar’s office for evaluation.
- Submitting an English translated high school course-by-course transcript from a country of origin; exit test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students must have an English translation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
- Appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will also be accepted.
- Students must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College before they may graduate.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which students complete all requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are an applicant. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation date, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.).
- If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within seven years or they will automatically be reassigned to the catalog in effect during their seventh year. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2012/2013) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2019, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2018/2019 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.