The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Secondary Education Biology program is designed to prepare individuals to teach biology grades 6-12 (middle and high school). The program provides an educational pathway for students who have earned an Associate in Arts degree to include specific science and education prerequisites. Upon graduation, students will meet the mandated state teaching requirements, including teacher certification exams.
Program Highlights: The BS in Secondary Education program includes courses in teaching students with English as a second language, students with exceptionalities, reading competency, classroom management, assessment and integrated approaches to teaching methodologies at the middle and high school levels. Field experience requirements are progressive in nature, building upon previous semester experiences. Students will observe teachers in the field, teach lessons through the practicum courses, and complete a full-time teaching internship in their final semester. Courses are offered for full and part time students, with blended technology components where applicable. Students will complete three upper division (9 credit hours) of science coursework through Florida Gulf Coast University.
In addition to fulfilling the entrance requirements for Edison State College, Applicants for the BS in Elementary Education, Secondary Education Biology and Secondary Education Mathematics degree programs must meet the following requirements consistent with Florida Statute 1004.04:
- Completion of the Associate in Arts (AA) degree, including all general education and required program prerequisites. Students with a minimum of 60 transferable hours, with all general education requirements and prerequisites met, may apply for admission.
- Completion of the lower-division education prerequisite courses: EDF 2005 Intro to Education, EDF 2085Teaching Diverse Populations and EME 2040 Educational Technology with grades of “C” or higher.
- Have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the general education component of undergraduate studies or have completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from any college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by State Board of Education rule or any college or university otherwise approved pursuant to State Board of Education rule.
- Demonstrated mastery of general knowledge, including the ability to read, write, and compute, by passing the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination, the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST), a corresponding component of the National Teachers Examination series, or a similar test pursuant to rules of the State Board of Education.
- Students must disclose background information that may preclude them from becoming certified at the time of admission. For continued enrollment in the program, students must be fingerprinted and screened by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI prior to entering any school.
- Applicants not meeting stated admissions criteria may petition for program admittance if they feel that there are mitigating circumstances. Applicants must submit an official petition form available in the Office of the Registrar.
The Edison State College Registrar’s Office will ensure that previous coursework meets all relevant academic standards before acceptance for transfer. The Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Programs and the BS Admissions Committee will ensure adherence to the above admissions criteria.
General Education Requirements
Required Program Prerequisites (grades of C or better) and electives for the Associate in Arts Degree(minimum of 23 credit hours):
*courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements in social sciences (in addition to specific WOH or EUH requirement)
**courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements in mathematics
Degree Requirements (61 credit hours):
School Based Hour Requirements (675 total hours)
- 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.
- For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 39 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. At least 30 of the 39 hours must be earned at Edison State College.
- Students must fulfill all requirements for their program major. Students should refer to program graduation requirements.
- 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.
- Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper division program requirements.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- Students must meet program criteria prior to enrollment in the capstone or internship experience.
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
- Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Students must pass all sections of the Florida Teachers Certification Examination (FTCE) for certification within the State of Florida.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Students must successfully complete all school based hours and the final internship experience as a condition of graduation.