Share your love of science

This teacher preparation program is offered fully online or in a blended format, which 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.

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

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

31,310

2026

35,530

Percent Change

14

Projected Job Openings

2760

OUR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN MIDDLE GRADES Science EDUCATION PREPARES YOU FOR A REWARDING CAREER

  • Enjoy a career with hands-on laboratory experiences that make learning exciting for students and teachers.
  • Help students develop a scientific view of the world, as well as creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Scholarships, grants and loan forgiveness programs may be available.

Middle Grades General Science Education (5-9) Bachelor of Science

MGSED-BS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2019 (555)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2019 (555), 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 Leadership Information

Dr. Kimberly Hartman
Dean
(727) 712-5890
hartman.kimberly@spcollege.edu


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.

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

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1101313165: MIDDLE GRADES BIOLOGY EDUCATION (BS)

Federal CIP Code

13.1316: Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.

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.

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
- EDF 1005- Introduction to Education
- 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

EDF 1005 Introduction to Education 3

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
AA Degree

* In addition to the Education course 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 * 60

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)

EDF 3214 Student Development and Learning Principles K-12 3
EDF 4430 Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-12 3
** EDG 3410 Classroom Management and Communication K-12 3
** EEX 3012 Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-12 3
RED 4043 Reading within the Disciplines 5-12 3
** SCE 4943 Internship: Middle Grades General Science Education 5-9 12

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 30 credits)

AST 1XXX - Any Astronomy Class 3
BSC 3096C Human Biology 4
ESC 1000C Earth Science 3
EVR 1001C Introduction to Environmental Science 3
SCE 3030 Science Matters 2
SCE 3420C Physical Science for Middle Grades Teachers 4
SCE 3945 Interactive Projects that Promote Learning in Science 3
** SCE 3941 Secondary Science Field Experience (6-8) 1
SCE 4330 Secondary School Science & Assessment with Technology 3
** SCE 4940 Instructional Methods in Secondary Science & Assessment with Technology Practicum 1
*** SCE 4144 Professional Issues in Science Education 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
ESOL Requirements (Complete 3 credits)

** TSL 3080 ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 12 3

* The Biology sequence is the preferred option because it also satisfies the prerequisites for BSC 3096C. 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 160 clinical clock hours plus a 15-week internship.
*** Pending SCNS approval

Total Credits 120

Earn your A.A. and bachelor's degrees at SPC

SPC's Education A.A. transfer plan transfers to our Middle Grades General Science Bachelor of Science Degree.

Teacher CERTIFICATION

After earning SPC's Elementary Education B.S. Degree, you can start the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.

Elementary Education B.S. Degree