Degree Type: B.A., B.S.
CIP Code 13.1202
Major Code BEE
Department Code EDE
Degree Website

The School of Education (SOE) has the responsibility for the development and supervision of programs leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education K-6.

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

Elementary Education majors will be assigned to a specified sequence of courses to be followed throughout the program enrollment. Coursework will include clinical requirements and field experiences. Candidates who withdraw from or who have unsatisfactory grades during a field experience or internships clinical requirement may be terminated from the program.

Part-time students in Elementary Education (those planning to take 9 credit hours or less per semester) must meet program and clinical requirements associated with the programs. These requirements include being available to participate in the clinical requirement during the regular school hours of operation.

Candidates who successfully complete this state-approved program will be eligible for certification in Elementary Education (K-6/ESOL). The current program of study includes both coursework and extensive clinical experience in elementary school settings to enable candidates to integrate theory with teaching practice.  All elementary education candidates are required to demonstrate the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) through core assignments in courses and clinical requirements.

The School of Education offers a full ESOL Endorsement for all Elementary Education major graduates.  There are special requirements for ESOL endorsement infused in coursework. Candidates must successfully complete the following:

  1. Three (3) courses with specific focus in instruction for English Language Learners (TSL 4240, TSL 4344, and TSL 4349), with a minimum score of ‘Satisfactory’ or meets standard on all summative Critical Tasks and tests.
  2. Final ESOL documentation including the Field Experience documentation providing evidence of satisfactory demonstration of the Florida Teacher Standards for ESOL Endorsement, 2010.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Elementary Education candidates demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge and content pedagogical knowledge across subject areas.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Elementary Education candidates demonstrate self-reflection, professional growth, and ethical practice.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Elementary Education candidates use research-based practices and data to make instructional decisions.
  4. Educational Design
    • Elementary Education candidates design educational experiences that result in positive impact on student academic achievement.
    • Elementary Education candidates are proficient in integrating technology to enhance academic achievement.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Elementary Education candidates enhance learning environments to meet needs of the diverse experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students.
    • Elementary Education candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students.


State-Mandated Common Prerequisites

These prerequisites must be met by all USFSM students with a grade of “C-” as the minimum acceptable grade.

State Prerequisite USFSM Course Offering
Course Number Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDF X005 EDF 2005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3

Degree Requirements



  • General Education Curriculum – 36 credit (exempt for transfers with completed General Education)
  • USFSM Foundation Sequence – 3 credits (exempt for transfers with 60 credits)
  • Education Prerequisite – 3 credits
    • EDF 2005 Introduction to Teaching Profession
  • For BA degree: Foreign language requirement (0-2 courses/0-8 credits)
    • Satisfactory completing SPN 1121 or tested competency at that level
    • Satisfactory completing ASL 2150 or tested competency at that level


  • International or Diversity Courses (can be taken within General Education)
  • Arts Appreciation Courses (can be taken within General Education)


The program is designed to start upper level courses in summer semester for a spring graduation in senior year.



Block One Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
RED 4333 Content Area Reading 3  

May take prior to GKT

EDF 3604 Schools and Society 3 Junior or Senior Standing SMCD; may take prior to GKT
EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child 3 PR: General Psychology; School of Education majors only
EDE 4223 Creative Experiences for the Child 3 School of Education majors only
EDE 4323 Planning for Instruction of Diverse Learners 3 PR: EDE 4223, EDF 3604, EDF 3122, TSL 4240
RED 4310 Reading and Learning to Read 3 School of Education majors only
TSL 4240 Applied Linguistics in Teaching Diverse Students 3 School of Education majors only

Block Two Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EEX 4084 Instruction for Exceptional and Diverse Students 3 PR: EDE 4223; CR: EDE 4947 School of Education major only
EDE 4947 Clinical Education I 3 PR: EDF 3122, TSL 4240; CR: EEX 4084 Must apply for and be approved by Coordinator of Clinical Education
SCE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Science 3 School of Education majors only; Admission to School of Education and completion of General Distribution Requirements in the Natural Science area
SSE 4313 Teaching Elementary (K-6) Social Studies 3 School of Education majors only; CI
MAE 4310 Teaching Elementary School (K-6) Mathematics I 3 PR: Two college level mathematics courses; School of Education majors only
RED 4511 Linking Literacy Assessment to Instruction 3 PR: RED 4310
TSL 4344 Foundations of Teaching ESOL in Mainstream Classes 3 CP: TSL 4240

Block Three Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDE 4948 Clinical Education II 6 PR: EDE 4947, EDE 4323, MAE 4310, RED 4511; CR: EDE 4302; CP: RED 4310 Must apply for and be approved by Coordinator of Clinical Education
MAE 4326 Teaching Elementary School (K-6) Mathematics II 3 PR: MAE 4310
LAE 4314 Teaching Writing in the Elementary School, Grade K-6 3 Elementary Education majors only; CI
EDE 4430 Measurement for Teachers 3 School of Education majors only
EDE 4302 The Learning Environment 3 PR: EDE 4947, RED 4310, EEX 4084, MAE 4310; CR: EDE 4948
TSL 4349 Teaching Multilingual Students 3 PR: TSL 4240; CP: TSL 4344

Block Four Courses (FINAL SEMESTER)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDE 4949 Clinical Education III 9-12 PR: EDE 4948; DPR; S/U Must have all state tests and applicable programmatic requirements completed.  Must apply for Clinical III and be approved by the Coordinator of Clinical Education.

Clinical Education

Candidates will be required to complete field experiences and Clinical Education experiences throughout the teacher preparation program. It is the policy of the SOE that a candidate unable to complete clinical education successfully may change majors to Interdisciplinary Education.

The Clinical Education experience involves observing and teaching in a classroom. Clinical Education sites are available in the counties served by USFSM. Candidates should meet with an advisor to discuss eligibility for Clinical Education I and II internships.

Special requirements to qualify for enrollment in Clinical Education III:

  1. Admission to the SOE.
  2. Completion of General Education, State Communication and Computation Requirements (formerly known as Gordon Rule), and all other program prerequisites.
  3. Passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test or GRE.
  4. Completion of fingerprinting and background check as required by the school district in which the student is placed.
  5. Successful completion of Clinical Education I and II.
  6. Completion of an application for Clinical Education III.
  7. Completion of all professional education and specialization coursework, including the ESOL documentation.
  8. A combined grade point average of 2.50 in professional education and specialization coursework as well as an overall USF GPA of 2.50.
  9. A minimum “C-” grade or “S” in required major courses.
  10. Passing scores on all sections of the FTCE exams. Evidence of passing scores is due by the date established by the Coordinator of Clinical Education, normally 45 days prior to the end of the semester prior to Clinical Education III.