Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Program Description

Support Your Community and Become a Local Elementary School Teacher

SCF faculty and staff strive to provide a quality educational experience for future educators and students, particularly in our region. With our new Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program, we will be able to fulfill the unmet need for fully licensed K-6 teachers who are prepared to teach in a private or public school and possess endorsements in Reading (K-12) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL, K-12).

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO), in Manatee and Sarasota counties, elementary teachers are ranked 36 on the list of occupations gaining new jobs. In fact, 1,661 job openings are predicted, anticipating a local increase of 12.8% in jobs between 2020 and 2028 statewide.

What you’ll learn

The program curriculum will prepare you to teach core elementary education subjects such as reading, writing, mathematics, social sciences and natural science. In addition, you’ll learn about child and adolescent development, study classroom management and hone your communication skills. Your final two courses will be internships in elementary education and reading, to provide you with the clinical hours needed to enter the field.

Pathway to Admission

Deadlines to apply to the B.S. Elementary Education

Fall Admittance:

  • August 1 – First 8-week courses

  • October 1 – Second 8- week courses

Spring Admittance:

  • December 1 – First 8- week courses

  • March 1 – Second 8- week courses 

A Mandatory Orientation is required in the first semester of coursework.

Summer Admittance:  No applications are accepted for the Summer term.

Admission requirements:

  • Completed Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

  • Prerequisite: EDF 1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession.

Internship requirements:

  • The B.S. in Elementary Education degree requires completing student teaching internships in Florida.

  • Fingerprinting and a Level-2 criminal background check are required before you may enroll in internship courses.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. General Knowledge Test: The GKT of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam is an exit requirement. The GKT examination for those students with a master’s degree or higher would be deemed as passed and having met the GKT requirement. However, students without an advanced degree are required to pass the GKT prior to exiting the program.

  2. Completion of all courses with a minimum grade of “C” and verification of a passing score on GKT, Subject Area, and Professional Educator Exams are required prior to EDE 4945- Final Internship: Elementary Education.

Admissions Process

If you are a current student or have completed an A.A. degree at SCF within the last three semesters, please complete the Change of Major form and submit it to

If you are a new student or have completed an at SCF more than three semesters ago, please complete the SCF Application for Admission.




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