Keiser University

Elementary Education, BS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following campuses:

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education is a state-approved teacher preparation program that meets the requirement for Florida certification in Elementary Education with endorsements in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Reading K-12. To meet the requirement for graduation, students must successfully complete all coursework and clinical/internships and have a passing score on the appropriate FTCE General Knowledge Test, the Subject Area Examination in Elementary Education K-6, and the Professional Education Test.  Passing scores for the examinations must be on file in the registrar’s office in order to receive the transcript stamp for Florida Department of Education certification.  In the lower division, courses stress basics of teaching, utilization of technology in the classroom, teaching in diverse classrooms, and an understanding of the many facets of multiculturalism.  In the upper division, courses include creating curricula, educational assessment, classroom management, foundations of reading and literacy, ESOL methodology, and scientifically-based strategies for classrooms.  The education courses are in alignment with Florida Department of Education’s requirements for an Elementary Education degree.

The education courses are in alignment with Florida Department of Education’s requirements for an Elementary Education degree.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its objectives:

  • To educate teachers who are prepared to meet the needs of a diverse student population in a variety of settings.
  • To educate teachers who manage and monitor student learning and the learning environment.
  • To educate teachers who engage in professional development and dialogue and are members of professional learning communities.
  • To educate teachers who use technology to enhance student learning and personal professional development.
  • To graduate teachers with ESOL and Reading endorsements.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • All lower division courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a C or better in all coursework.
  • Replace with: The FTCE General Knowledge Test must be passed.

Program Outline

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, students must earn 123.0 semester credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Elementary Education Major Courses ( 9.0 credit hours )
Introduction to Education3.0 credit hours
Teaching Diverse Populations3.0 credit hours
Technology in Education3.0 credit hours

Lower Division General Education Courses ( 52.0 credit hours )

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Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken and The FTCE General Knowledge Test must be passed.

Upper Division Education Foundation Courses ( 18.0 credit hours )
Classroom Management3.0 credit hours
Student Development and Learning Principles3.0 credit hours
Educational Assessment3.0 credit hours
Social Foundations of Education3.0 credit hours
Curriculum and Instruction3.0 credit hours
Integrating Exceptional Students in a Regular Classroom3.0 credit hours
Upper Division Methods Courses ( 24.0 credit hours )
Literacy3.0 credit hours
Teaching Language Arts3.0 credit hours
Teaching Children’s Literature3.0 credit hours
Teaching Mathematics3.0 credit hours
Teaching Reading3.0 credit hours
Reading Diagnosis3.0 credit hours
Teaching Science3.0 credit hours
Teaching Social Studies3.0 credit hours
Upper Division English to Speakers of Other Languages Courses ( 6.0 credit hours )
Introduction to ESOL3.0 credit hours
ESOL Capstone:  Theory and Practice3.0 credit hours
Upper Division Seminar and Clinical / Internship Courses ( 14.0 credit hours )
Student Teaching Clinical I2.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Clinical II2.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Internship I3.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Internship II3.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Internship III3.0 credit hours
Senior Seminar for Elementary Education Majors1.0 credit hour

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