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  Sep 22, 2017
 
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2017-2018 Updated Catalog

Middle Grades General Science (BS)


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Admission Program Objective Code BSES
State CIP Code 1101313165

The first sixty credits in the following program of study are designed to prepare students not only for the A.A. degree, but also for the General Knowledge exam and Middle Grades General Science Subject Area exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).

If you plan to be a middle grades science teacher and are just beginning your A.A. degree, this program of study will best prepare you for that career choice. If you have already completed your A.A. degree and some of your general education courses differ from those listed below, your A.A. degree will still meet that component of the admission process; however, you may need to complete additional coursework, independent study, or workshops to be well prepared for the FTCE Middle Grades General Science Subject Area exam. A passing score on the FTCE Middle Grades General Science Subject Area exam is one of the graduation requirements for this degree. For a detailed summary of graduation requirements for this degree program, see the Bachelor of Science graduation requirement  section.

Courses with the “C” designation include extra hours to accommodate laboratory and field experiences.

Substitutions for any coursework in this program of study must be approved by the Teacher Education Program Director. Please note that some courses below may require lower division prerequisites not specified as program requirements. Requirements for Teacher Education programs may change due to legislative mandates. Candidates should request the most current requirements from the Teacher Education Program Director.

Lower Division (Associate Degree) Courses


Unless otherwise specified, select courses from each category, see the AA Degree General Education Requirements  section of catalog for course listings:

General Education Course Requirements


Students must have a two-course science sequence (BSC 1010C and BSC 1011C, or CHM, or PHY) with lab for admission into the Middle Grades General Science Program. If a student has a PHY or CHM sequence, then he or she must take a biological science course to satisfy college General Education requirements.

One or both of the Biological or Physical Sciences must come from a core group; GLYs are core physical science general education courses;  BSC 1010C  and BSC 1011C   are core biological general education science courses. See AA Degree General Education Requirements  for details.

** One or both of the Social Sciences must come from a core group.  See AA Degree General Education Requirements  for details.

Total General Education Credits Required: 36


State-Mandated Prerequisites and Lower Division Coursework


Students must have a two-course science sequence (BSC 1010C and BSC 1011C, CHM, or PHY) with lab for admission into the Middle Grades General Science Program. If a student has a PHY or CHM sequence, then he or she must take a biological science course to satisfy college General Education requirements. Additionally, in order to master the state competencies in Middle Grades General Science and thus pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exam in the subject area, the College strongly recommends that students with PHY or CHM sequences also take BSC 1010C and 1011C.

  • EDF 1005 - Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3 Credit Hours
  • GLY ____C - Geological Science 4 Credit Hours (to be satisfied in General Education requirements)

  • OCE ____C - Oceanographic Science 4 Credit Hours

  • Two-course science sequence with lab [BSC 1010C  and BSC 1011C  (to be satisfied in general education requirements), CHM, or PHY] 8 Credit Hours. BSC 1010C ​ and BSC 1011C  strongly recommended. Please note: BSC 1085C   and BSC 1086C  do not meet the state mandated lab sequence requirement.

Additional Lower Division Coursework


 

Total Lower Division Additional Credits Including State Mandated Prerequisites Required: 24


Diversity Requirement


Within the AA or AS coursework, students must meet the state-mandated diversity requirement of 6 credit hours with an international or diversity focus.

Diversity courses:  

                   IDS 2220 ,                   

 

 

Total Lower Division (Associate Degree) Credits Required: 60


Foreign Language


A minimum of 6 credit hours must be earned in one foreign language at the college level, or successful completion of two sequential credits in high school foreign language, or an appropriate score on an approved CLEP examination.

  • ___-____ - Foreign Language
  • ___-____ - Foreign Language

Total Upper Division Credits Required: 60


Total Program Credits Required: 120


Suggested Two Year Academic Plan


This program admits students in the fall/spring/summer semester(s). Below is a sample academic plan for these students admitted in the identified semester.

Middle Grade Science (BS) (BSES)
First Year
Fall Semester
EDG 3343 - Instructional Strategies 3 Credit Hours  
EDG 3410C - Classroom Management, School Safety, Law, and Ethics 3 Credit Hours  
TSL 3081C - TESOL Issues and Practice 3 Credit Hours  
RED 3324C - Teaching in the Middle Grades Curriculum 3 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  12
Spring Semester
EME 3410C - Integrating Technology in the Classroom 3 Credit Hours  
EDF 3430 - Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment in Education 3 Credit Hours  
EVR 3949 - Extended Internship, Environmental Science 4 Credit Hours  
ESC 1000 - Earth Science 4 Credit Hours ♦  
Total Semester Hours:  14
Summer Semester
EDF 3214 - Human Development and Learning 3 Credit Hours  
CHM 1020 - Chemical Science 4 Credit Hours ♦  or PHY 1020 - Physical Science 4 Credit Hours ♦  
EEX 3070 - Methods of Inclusion and Collaboration 3 Credit Hours  
MET 1010C - Introduction to Meteorology 4 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  14
Second Year
Fall Semester
SCE 3350C - Principles and Methods for Teaching Science K-8 3 Credit Hours  
SCE 4940C - Teaching Methods in Middle Grades Science Field Experience 1 Credit Hour  
ISC 4145 - Environmental Systems 3 Credit Hours  
RED 3335C - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 3 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  10
Spring Semester
SCE 4945 - Internship - Middle Grades Science 9 Credit Hours  
SCE 4930C - Seminar in Science Education 1 Credit Hour  
Total Semester Hours:  10
Total Upper Division Program Hours:  60

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