Education Degrees

Choosing how to prepare yourself to meet the demands and rewards of a career in education is an important career decision. St. Petersburg College offers one of Florida's exemplary teacher preparation programs through its College of Education, where our bachelor's degrees prepare you to become a Florida Certified teacher for grades K-12.

A degree with a guarantee

Our Elite Educator Program trains you to teach elementary school and comes with a paid internship and guaranteed teaching job.

Median Salary in Tampa Bay Area


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Share your expertise and passion as a teacher

Designed for those with a non-education bachelor's degree or higher, our Educator Preparation Institute provides a fast-track certification program that only takes one year to complete.

Work in early childhood

Our Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education and bachelor's degree in Educational Studies prepare you for a variety of careers in education that do not require certification.


Keep your credentials current

SPC Teacher Continuing Ed

We offer programs to help teachers with certification, recertification and other continuing education requirements.

Strong partners make for great experience

Pinellas County Schools
St. Petersburg College has a rich legacy of partnering with Pinellas County Schools. Through these relationships, students in SPC's College of Education programs gain invaluable experience in Pinellas County Schools classrooms and settings.

Fill a critical shortage

Since 2010, the State Board of Education has considered reading, English for Speakers of Other Languages and Exceptional Student Education as critical teacher shortage areas. Our bachelor's degrees prepare you for certification in these areas, which are now factored into districts' salary schedules. 

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Education News

  • Learning to build strong relationship connections helps students improve their interpersonal skills, allowing them to excel both in and out of the classroom.
  • Alexander Crummell, Edward A. Bouchet and Ramona Edelin are among those African American History Month heroes honored at a Tarpon Springs Campus display celebrating African American history this February.
  • The best teachers have IT (Inspirational Teacher): The inspirational factor it takes to be a successful teacher by being fully invested and making learning fun. 
  • Student Florida Education Association College of Education students at SPC recently participated in STEM training at Sea World where they learned about sea turtle rescue efforts.
  • Students at SPC's Seminole Campus took a walk in someone else's shoes - part of a class diversity experience designed to give them a better understanding  of others' struggles. 
  • Thirteen students from SPC's College of Education, along with Dr. Emily Hoeh, recently volunteered at the Buddy Walk promoting civic responsibility. The event promotes acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
  • “We need minority teachers,” said Dr. Susan Blanchard with SPC's College of Education. Minority students need to see teachers who look like them because, according to a recent study, it reduces their chances of dropping out and increases the number who plan to attend college. The Scholarship for Minority Teacher Education (MTES) is now open for Spring 2018 applications and will close Nov. 1, 2018. See if you qualify.
  • Nine SPC College of Education students and Dr. Melissa McAllister will be traveling to Jamaica in November to teach in the local schools. They have been gathering school supplies that will help support their teaching as well as the students in Jamaica who they'll be working with.
  • Learn more about one of our inspiring graduates! Naomi graduated from SPC with a bachelor's in Elementary Ed K-6  and will be a second grade teacher at Maximo Elementary this fall where she will meet new demands and continue to succeed.