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College of Education

Bachelor of Science

Middle Grades General Science Education (5-9)

MGSED-BS

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Kimberly Hartman, Dean, (727) 712-5890

Program Summary

This teacher preparation program combines laboratory-based science work with practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach science in middle schools. You earn a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades General Science Education (grades 5-9) and will be well prepared to teach topics in astronomy, earth science, life science and physical science.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Our program prepares you for employment as a middle school teacher. Job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as science, math and bilingual education.

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2015 (495), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Admission Rules

- An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school)
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college classes
- Completion of the state-mandated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher
- Passing scores from all sections of Florida's General Knowledge test (If the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) was taken before July 1, 2002, passing scores can also be used to meet this requirement.)

Students who have questions concerning state mandated prerequisites should consult www.facts.org and review the appropriate common prerequisite manual or see an academic advisor.

Graduation Rules

GPA:
A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for graduation.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY (6 credits):
Six credits with an international or diversity focus. This requirement may have been satisfied in the first 60 semester hours.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
Two years in high school or two semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language.

Completing all program requirements, including ESOL, demonstrating competency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) at the pre-professional level, passing all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), and passing the final internship are conditions of graduation.

Students who have questions concerning catalog year requirements should consult the appropriate SPC College catalog or an academic advisor.

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
Grade of "C" or better required

Introduction to Education
3
Teaching Diverse Populations
3
Introduction to Educational Technology
3

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
AA Degree

60
In addition to the Education courses listed above, students are required to complete a general education (AA Degree) AND 15 credits of College-level Science (with a grade of "C" or higher) to include: 8 credits: Biology I & II w/Lab or Gen Chemistry I & II w/Lab or Gen Physics I & II w/Lab or Physics I & II w/Lab* 4 credits: Geology with Lab 3 credits: Oceanography *
*

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

Student Development and Learning Principles K-12
3
Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-12
2
Educational Issues for the 21st Century
2
Classroom Management and Communication K-12
2
Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-12 **
3
Reading within the Disciplines 5-12
3
Internship: Middle Grades General Science Education 5-9 **
12

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 30 credits)

3
AST 1XXX - Any Astronomy Class
1
Science Lab - Any College-Level Approved Science Lab
Issues & Challenges in Science Education
2
Behavior Management of Exceptional Students
3
Ecology
3
Ecology Lab
1
Evolutionary Biology
3
Science Matters
2
Physical Science for Middle Grades Teachers
4
Interactive Projects that Promote Learning in Science
3
Secondary Science Field Experience (6-8) **
1
Secondary School Science & Assessment with Technology
3
Instructional Methods in Secondary Science & Assessment with Technology Practicum
1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
ESOL Requirements (Complete 3 credits)

ESOL Issues: Priniciples and Practices I P - 12 **
3

* The Biology sequence is the preferred option because it also satisfies the prerequisites for both PCB 3043C and PCB 4674, which are part of the major. If the biology prerequisites are not taken prior to admission to the College of Education, they must be completed during the first two semesters.
** School based hours total 150 clinical clock hours plus a 15-week internship.

120
Total Credits