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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education (BS)

State CIP Code 1101312021

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 Elementary Subject Area exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE).

If you plan to be an elementary school 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 Elementary Subject Area exam. A passing score on the FTCE Elementary 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 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 mandate. Candidates should request the most current requirements from the Teacher Education Program Director.

Lower Division (Associate Degree) Courses

Specific General Education and lower division courses are recommended because these courses meet NWF State College general education requirements and cover state content competencies tested on the Elementary Education K-6 subject area section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE), which all students must pass before entering the final internship semester in the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program.

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

NWFSC General Education Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of general education coursework, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and speaking;
  2. Apply reflection, analysis, synthesis, logical reasoning and evaluation to formulate judgments, reach decisions and solve problems.
  3. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods;
  4. Find, evaluate, organize and use information accurately and effectively;
  5. Participate actively as informed and responsible citizens in social, cultural, global and environmental matters.


It is recommended that at least one physical or biological science include a lab.

One or both of the Biological or Physical Sciences must come from a core group.  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.


At least 6 hours of diversity credits should be included in General Education required credits.

Total General Education Credits Required: 36

Total State-Mandated Prerequisite Credits Required: 3

Additional Lower Division Coursework

Total Additional Lower Division Credits Required: 21

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 ,    LIT 2335 LIT 2603   POT 1002           



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

Upper Division Courses

Total Program Credits Required: 120

Suggested Two Year Academic Plan

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

Elementary Education (BS) (BSED)
1st 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 3309C - Early and Emergent Literacy K-2 3 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  12
2nd Semester
EDF 3430 - Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment in Education 3 Credit Hours  
LAE 4343C - Writing Across the Curriculum 3 Credit Hours  
TSL 4140C - ESOL Methods, Curriculum and Assessment 3 Credit Hours  
RED 3511C - Intermediate Literacy 3-6: Reading and Thinking 3 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  12
Summer Semester
EME 3410 - Integrating Technology in the Classroom 3 Credit Hours      
EDF 3214 - Human Development and Learning 3 Credit Hours  
EEX 3070 - Methods of Inclusion and Collaboration 3 Credit Hours ❖  
RED 4312 - Integration of Assessment into Classroom Reading 3 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  12
Methods Semester
EDE 4226C - Integrated Language Arts, Social Science and Literature 3 Credit Hours  
MAE 3350C - Principles and Methods for Teaching Mathematics K-6 3 Credit Hours  
SCE 3350C - Principles and Methods for Teaching Science K-6 3 Credit Hours  
RED 4519C - Diagnostic and Instructional Interventions in Reading 3 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  12
Internship Semester
EDG 4940 - Internship 9 Credit Hours  
EDE 4930C - Professional Elementary Educator 1 Credit Hour  
RED 4854C - Reading Field Experience 2 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours:  12
Total Upper Division Program Hours:  60