New Training and Development track opens doors to career in demand

SPC now offers a Training and Development specialization in our Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Studies and Community Leadership Degree. This new track prepares graduates to fill high-wage, high-demand careers as trainers, evaluators, policy analysts, researchers, and fundraisers working in community programs serving children and families, workforce development, religious centers, rehabilitative services, adult education centers, charities, prisons, and hospitals.

In these roles, graduates will serve their communities as leaders and catalysts for positive change and strong community engagement as they create, administer, and deliver training programs for local business and community organizations.

Earning this degree also prepares students for graduate or professional studies in public administration, education administration, educational policy, educational research, fundraising and philanthropic studies, law, international diplomacy, comparative and international education, social work, staff development, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurship.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Graduates of this program will learn to:

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultations with managers or instructors
  • Design and create training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials
  • Review training materials from a variety of sources and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Assist in the evaluation of training programs
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

Educational Studies and Community Leadership Bachelor of Science

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2023 (625)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2023 (625), 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.

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program. Our Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and Community Leadership is an interdisciplinary program. Students seeking jobs in non-school settings benefit from portions of the essential knowledge and skills associated with the field of education. The Educational Studies and Community Leadership major has been specifically designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of the learning and teaching process, yet seek careers in non-school settings. 

Graduation Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for graduation. Important notice to current Baccalaureate students: To view a list of the classes you need to take before you can graduate, login to MySPC and choose My Learning Plan. Contact your academic advisor with any questions. *NOTE: FLDOE removed State Mandated Prerequisite course EDF 1005, May 2018.

GENERAL EDUCATION: All students must complete the 36 credit general education requirement in order to graduate from this program. A.S. degree holders may need to complete an additional 15-21 general education credits to complete the thirty-six (36) credit hour general education requirement.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.S. program.

CIVIC LITERACY: As per Florida Rule 6A-10.04213, baccalaureate degree students entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution in the 2021-2022 academic school year and thereafter must demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course AND by achieving a passing score on the Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE).

Academic Pathways

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Heather Duncan
Dean, College of Education

Florida CIP Code

1013999901 - Educational Studies - non-certification (BS)

Federal CIP Code

13.9999 - Education, Other.

Admission to the Educational Studies and Community Leadership bachelor's degree with subplan in Training and Development

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