Elementary Education Degree, BS - Keiser University
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Elementary Education, BS

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida 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

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.

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 Courses

Lower Division Elementary Education Major Courses (9.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Education 3.0 credit hours
Teaching Diverse Populations 3.0 credit hours
Technology in Education 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (12.0 credit hours)
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Since 1876 3.0 credit hours
Political Science 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech Communications 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (3.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (9.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
Music Appreciation 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Philosophy 3.0 credit hours
International/Multicultural (6.0 credit hours)
Intercultural Communication 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (9.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (10.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
General Biology Laboratory 1.0 credit hour
Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours
General Physics I 3.0 credit hours

Credit hours in parentheses indicate the required number of credit hours in each discipline.

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Education Foundation Courses (18.0 credit hours)
Classroom Management 3.0 credit hours
Student Development and Learning Principles 3.0 credit hours
Educational Assessment 3.0 credit hours
Social Foundations of Education 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum and Instruction 3.0 credit hours
Integrating Exceptional Students in a Regular Classroom 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division Methods Courses (24.0 credit hours)
Literacy 3.0 credit hours
Teaching Language Arts 3.0 credit hours
Teaching Children’s Literature 3.0 credit hours
Teaching Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Teaching Reading 3.0 credit hours
Reading Diagnosis 3.0 credit hours
Teaching Science 3.0 credit hours
Teaching Social Studies 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division English to Speakers of Other Languages Courses (6.0 credit hours)
Introduction to ESOL 3.0 credit hours
ESOL Capstone: Theory and Practice 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division Seminar and Clinical / Internship Courses (14.0 credit hours)
Student Teaching Clinical I 2.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Clinical II 2.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Internship I 3.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Internship II 3.0 credit hours
Student Teaching Internship III 3.0 credit hours
Senior Seminar for Elementary Education Majors 1.0 credit hour

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