Mar 08, 2021  
2009-2010 Catalog 
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Requirements


General Information

Students may participate in the commencement ceremony during the calendar year in which they will complete their degree requirements. However, diplomas will be awarded only after all of the degree requirements are fulfilled. Degree notations on transcripts will include academic terms in which all of the requirements were completed.

Continuously enrolled students may choose to meet graduations requirements as defined in the College Catalog in effect during their initial term of enrollment or the College Catalog in effect during the term in which they apply for graduation. Degree and certificate requirements printed in the Catalog are subject to change. Final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with the student.

Associate Degrees and Certificate Programs

To receive the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, or a Certificate, students must satisfy the requirements for that degree or certificate. Students are encouraged to see an academic advising specialist prior to each registration. Students must satisfy the following College requirements:

  1. Students must submit completed applications for graduation to the Registrar by the published deadline.
    1. Students interested in graduating at the end of a fall term or spring term must submit their applications for graduation no later than the Friday of the third week of classes
    2. Students interested in graduating at the end of a summer term must submit their applications for graduation not later than the Friday of the second week of classes
    3. The Registrar will accept applications after the deadline. However, students who submit late applications will be evaluated for academic honors as time permits; this evaluation may occur after the commencement ceremony.
  2. Earn the minimum required semester hours for the degree or certificate with a cumulative 2.00 GPA.
  3. Satisfy Gordon Rule requirements, if applicable.
  4. Complete all non-course requirements, if applicable.
  5. Successfully complete a minimum of 25 percent of the required degree or certificate coursework at Edison State College.
  6. Fulfill all obligations to Edison State College.
  7. Satisfactorily meet CLAST requirements. CLAST exemptions must be requested through the Assessment Office before the end of semester in which the student is graduating. (See CLAST Policy in the Student Services  section. The policy applies to Associate in Arts and Associate of Science degrees if the student is planning to transfer to a Florida State university.)
  8. Meet all deadlines pertaining to graduation.

Baccalaureate Degrees

The following general requirements for graduation from Edison State College must be met by all candidates for the Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees. Additional requirements may exist for individual programs.

  1. Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at Edison State College. All other specific degree requirements must also be met. Credit awarded for college-preparatory instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credits required for residency purposes or graduation.
  2. For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 36 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above.
  3. Students must fulfill all requirements for their program major. Students should refer to program graduation requirements.
  4. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all work at Edison State College. Students pursuing a degree in education must achieve a 2.5 average or higher in all coursework. Individual programs may require a higher grade point average for graduation.
  5. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper division program requirements.
  6. Students must complete the general education requirements of the Associate in Arts Degree including any assessment of general education outcomes that are required by the College. Transfer courses will be reviewed for equivalency. Students who transfer to Edison State College with a previous associate in arts degree from a Florida community college, or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, are considered to have met the general education component of the degree.
  7. Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor's degree. Students may meet this competency in one of two ways:
    1. successful completion of two years of a single foreign language while in high school (official high school transcripts must be submitted to the College Registrar), or
    2. successful completion of two semesters (8-10 credit hours) of a single foreign language in college (or through corresponding College Level Examination Program CLEP exams). Edison State College may determine standards for review of nontraditional foreign language competence for languages not available through CLEP (in languages other than French, German and Spanish).
  8. In accordance with State Rule 6A-10.0312, a student must demonstrate proficiency on the State of Florida College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) or meet eligibility standards for CLAST alternatives. Students in pursuit of the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree must complete the CLAST requirement by the time they have earned 36 semester hours as a BAS student.
  9. Students must meet program criteria prior to enrollment in the capstone or internship experience.
  10. Students must complete an Application for Graduation through the Office of the Registrar and enroll for the GRD 4000 the semester in which they intend to graduate. Students must apply for graduation by the published deadline to be assured of final clearance for graduation, timely receipt of diploma, and participation in the graduation ceremony. Individual programs may identify graduation application deadlines.

B.S. in Education-Additional Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Students must pass all sections of the Florida Teachers Certification Examination (FTCE) for certification within the State of Florida.
  3. While Edison State College governs a student’s program requirements, changes to a program emanating from the Florida State Board of Education will take precedence over the College catalog and may alter a student’s program of study.
  4. The Florida State Board of Education requires all education students to demonstrate competency in all of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) as a condition of graduation, including completion of a professional portfolio. Elementary Education students must demonstrate achievement of all State required ESOL competencies as a condition of graduation.
  5. Students must apply for graduation/internship the semester prior to enrollment in the final internship. Fall graduates must apply no later than February 1 of the preceding spring semester. Spring graduates must apply no later than October 1 of the preceding fall semester.
  6. Students must successfully complete all school based hours and the final internship experience as a condition of graduation.