Bachelor of Science
The Northwest Florida State College Bachelor of Science degree has three programs of study in Teacher Education: Elementary, Middle Grades Math, and Middles Grades General Science. The Elementary program is designed to prepare students for teaching positions in grades Kindergarten through six. The Middle Grades Math program is designed to prepare students for teaching positions in math, in middle grades five through nine. The Middle Grades General Science program is designed to prepare students for teaching positions in general science, in middle grades five through nine.
Practical Teaching Experience
School-based “field experiences” are embedded throughout the NWF State College Teacher Education programs. Many classes have an additional “field experience” component in which the student will observe in the classroom, attend school staff meetings, present a lesson in the school setting or complete other school-based activities. The field experience component is designed to ensure adequate application and practice of teaching skills learned in the classroom setting. The program culminates in a 450 hour teaching internship, or student teaching assignment.
Becoming a Certified Teacher
The bachelor’s degree is a crucial element in obtaining Florida teacher certification. Actual certification is determined by the Florida Department of Education and there are additional steps associated with the process. This program is designed to cover the content and competencies required by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) in preparation for certification in Elementary, Middle Grades Math, and Middle Grades General Science Education. The Elementary Education program will also qualify the student for the reading endorsement & English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. The FLDOE website provides current information regarding certification requirements.