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
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average
Projected employment for Florida
Projected Job Openings
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
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2019 (565)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2019 (565), 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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT
STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
Grade of "C" or better required; Complete 18 credits
MAJOR CORE COURSES
Core Requirements (Complete 27 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES
Major Requirements (Complete 30 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES
ESOL Requirements (Complete 3 credits)
** School based hours total 160 clinical clock hours plus a 15-week internship.
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.
After earning SPC's Elementary Education B.S. Degree, you can start the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.