Dec 05, 2019  
2019-20 Hamilton Holt Undergraduate 
    
2019-20 Hamilton Holt Undergraduate

Education - Elementary Education Major


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The Department of Education offers state-approved academic and field experiences that prepare students to enter the teaching profession. State approved program completers are eligible for professional teacher certification in the state of Florida.

Students can major in Elementary Education (grades K-6) or minor in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) by completing a selected major in the intended teaching area and the Secondary Education minor.

Admission to and Completion of the Major or Minor and State Approved Program

Students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as soon as they declare an Elementary Education major or a Secondary Education minor. Students can find and file applications (I-S Form) on the Department’s website. The Director of Teacher Education notifies applicants of acceptance or reason for denial.

Students who complete the required academic course and field work, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have their Expanded Teacher Education Portfolio (ETEP) approved before AND during Student Teaching will meet the requirements for the Elementary Education major or Secondary Education minor.

Florida requires that students have a passing score on the General Knowledge test (GK) of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) to be admitted to any state-approved program.

Students who meet the requirements for the Elementary Education major or Secondary Education minor AND submit passing scores on the General Knowledge (GK) test, Professional Education (PED) test, and Subject Area Exam (SAE) prior to graduation will be Florida State Approved Program completers, and immediately eligible for Professional Teacher Certification.

Major/Minor Requirements

All students completing the major or minor must take a college math course unless they have achieved a grade of C or higher in high school calculus. Students also need a course in U.S. History. Consult with an advisor in the Department of Education for assistance meeting these requirements.

Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education minors must complete all the following:

  • foundation courses in professional education,
  • elementary or secondary course sequence, and
  • clinical experiences, including student teaching.

Foundation Courses (Required for all Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education minors)

Sociological Foundations


Psychological Foundations


Student Teaching


All students seeking a major in Elementary Education or a minor in Secondary Education must complete a teaching internship in their major or minor field. Graded on a credit/nocredit basis, Student Teaching involves full time participation for fifteen (15) weeks in an approved area school. Students are not permitted to take additional coursework during the student teaching semester and are discouraged from working beyond student teaching.

Juniors may apply for Student Teaching only after meeting the following requirements:

  • completion of prerequisite coursework for EDU 490  or EDU 491 , Student Teaching, and
  • overall GPA of 2.5.

Undergraduates must submit applications for Student Teaching to the Director of Field Internships by:

February 20 for fall placement or September 20 for spring placement.

After approval for Student Teaching, seniors enroll in the following courses concurrently:

Additional Requirements


Prior to Student Teaching, students must successfully complete the initial ETEP review. Prior to graduation, students must successfully complete the final ETEP review.

Any student not approved for Student Teaching has the right to appeal to the Education Review Committee. In exceptional cases when a student needs to take a course during student teaching, the student must submit a written appeal explaining the circumstances. This appeal must be submitted to the Director of Field Internships at the same time as the student teaching application.

All Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education minors in English (6-12) must successfully complete the coursework required for the Florida English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. Coursework  for Elementary Education majors includes EDU 271 , EDU 280 , EDU 324 , EDU 406 , RED 409 , RED 409L , and EDU 490 .  Coursework for Secondary Education minors in English (6-12) includes EDU 271 , EDU 280 , EDU 324 , EDU 335 , EDU 407 , EDU 417 , EDU 417L , and EDU 491 . These courses are part of the already existing state approved teacher certification programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education.

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