The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Secondary Biology Education 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, for certification in Secondary Biology Education.
The BS in Secondary Biology 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.
In addition to fulfilling the entrance requirements for Florida SouthWestern State College, applicants for the BS in Secondary Biology Education degree program must meet the following requirements consistent with Florida Statute 1004.04:
- Completion of the Associate in Arts (AA) degree, or the equivalent, including all General Education Core Requirements and required Florida mandated common course 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 - Introduction to the Teaching Profession , EDF 2085 - Introduction to Diversity for Educators- (I) , and EME 2040 - Introduction to Technology for Educators , with grades of "C" or higher.
- Completion of [(BSC X010/X010L & BSC X011/X011L) OR (BSC X010C & BSC X011C)] AND [(CHM X045/X045L & CHM X046/X046L) OR (CHM X045C & CHM X046C)] AND (MAC X311 OR MACX241). It is recommended that students take electives in the following areas: [(PHY X053/X053L & PHY X054/X054L) OR (PHY X053C & PHY X054C)] OR (PHY X048C & PHY X049C).
- Applicants must 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, with a minimum of 60 credit hours.
- 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.
- 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 to the School of Education (forms are available online at http://www.fsw.edu/soe/forms).
Requirements to Enroll in Upper Division Courses:
- Upon admission to the BS program, students must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to enrollment in upper division (3000 and 4000 level) courses.
- 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 Enforcements and the FBI prior to entering any school.
- Prior to enrollment in any upper division courses, students must complete ENC 1101 - Composition I , ENC 1102 - Composition II and one general education math course.
- To be eligible to enroll in SCE 4940 - Internship in Secondary Education with Biology Emphasis , students must have passed all sections of the General Knowledge Test, the Professional Educator's Exam, and the Subject Area Exam.
- Cross-enrollment approval: Baccalaureate degree seeking students must obtain prior approval to cross enroll (as a transient student) in courses intended to fulfill upper division program requirements. Approval will be determined by the appropriate dean in collaboration with program faculty. Students initiate this process using www.floridashines.org/.
- Upper Division Transfer Course Review: Students who have completed previous upper division coursework in an Education Program may present those courses for evaluation by the Discipline Chair for Education. In some cases, students may be required to submit portfolio icons or assignments to demonstrate competency in the required Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, reading or ESOL standards. The student is urged to provide the Discipline Chair for Education with corresponding syllabi, samples of student work, and textbook/assignment information related to each upper division course. Students may transfer equivalent courses as determined by the State Common Course Numbering System. However, Florida SouthWestern State College reserves the right to deny common course number credit for courses in which practicum or internship components reside. Students must fulfill all required competencies, standards, skills and dispositions within the Bachelor of Science in Education Programs and may be required to submit additional documentation to support completion requirements.
- The Florida SouthWestern State College Registrar's Office will ensure that previous coursework meets all relevant academic standards before acceptance for transfer. The Dean of the School of Education and the Education Admissions Committee will ensure adherence to the above admissions criteria.
- In addition to adherence to the Florida SouthWestern State College Student Code of Conduct (Student Rights and Responsibilities), policies, and procedures, teacher candidates must adhere to disposition policies, unit policies, and procedures as published in the School of Education Student Handbook.
Priority Application Deadlines:
Fall term - August 1; Spring term - December 1; Summer term - April 1
Degree Requirements: 120 Hours
COMMUNICATIONS CATEGORY: 9 Credits Required
Required Core Communication General Education Courses
HUMANITIES CATEGORY: 6 Credits Required
- Core Humanities General Education course - 3 credits
- Writing intensive Humanities course, must pass with a "C" or better - 3 credits
SOCIAL SCIENCES CATEGORY: 9 Credits Required
Core Social Sciences General Education course - 3 credits
Writing intensive Social Sciences course, must pass with a "C" or better - 3 credits
Any Social Sciences General Education course - 3 credits
MATHEMATICS CATEGORY: 6 Credits Required
(MAC 1105, MAC 1114 & MAC 1140) OR (MAC 1105 & MAC 1147) recommended; refer to prerequisites for MAC 2311
- Core Mathematics General Education course - 3 credits
- Any Mathematics General Education course - 3 credits
NATURAL SCIENCES CATEGORY: 6 Credits Required
- Core Natural Sciences General Education course with corresponding laboratory - 3 credits
- Any Natural Sciences General Education course with corresponding laboratory - 3 credits
Required State Mandated Prerequisite Courses (grades of "C" or better) and electives for the Associate in Arts Degree (minimum of 23 credit hours):
The following courses (or 8 hours of physics with lab)
* Courses can be used to satisfy General Education Core Requirements in Natural Sciences
Upper Division Education Requirements (60 credit hours); Service Learning (30 hours)
Service Learning Requirement (30 hours)
All Education baccalaureate degrees have a 30-hour service learning requirement. Ten hours will be completed each semester, leading up to final internship. The requirement begins to be met with completion of EDG 4004 , and the final culmination and validation of hours will be part of the final internship portfolio for each student.
School Based Hour Requirements (685 total hours)
Teacher candidates must submit an application for Practicum I and II as well as for Final Internship to the Field Experience Office. All required benchmarks must be met prior to being approved for Field Experience placements. All practicum courses must span a minimum of ten weeks. During Internship, teacher candidates are expected to attend all duty days and assume all responsibilities as required of the K-12 mentor teacher.
Refer to individual course descriptions for additional details about school based experiences.
B.S. in Education Graduation Requirements
- Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Foreign Language Competency Requirement:
-2 years of the same High School Foreign Language, or
-Documented foreign language proficiency through testing, or
-2 semesters of the same College Level Foreign Language (level II proficiency), or
-Level II proficiency - this criterion occurs when a student has completed the second course of a sequence of college foreign language without completing the first course. For example, if a student has successfully completed a college-level -Spanish II but not Spanish I, then the student has met the Foreign Language Competency requirement.
- Students must pass all required sections of the Florida Teachers Certification Examinations (FTCE) for certification within the State of Florida.
- While Florida SouthWestern 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 revised Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs), Florida Subject Area Competencies (FSAC), and Professional Educator Competencies and Skills (PECS) as a condition of graduation, including completion of a professional portfolio. Elementary and Middle Grades Language Arts students must demonstrate achievement of all State required ESOL Competencies and Performance Standards and Reading competencies as a condition of graduation.
- Students must apply for 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 to include two ten week practicums and one fifteen week internship experience as a condition of graduation.
- Teacher candidates must submit an application for Foundation, Practicum I and II, as well as for Final Internship to the Field Experience Office. All required benchmarks must be met prior to being approved for Field Experience placements. All practicum courses must span a minimum of ten weeks. During internship, teacher candidates are expected to attend all duty days and assume all responsibilities as required of the k-12 mentor teacher.
- Students must complete 30 service learning hours prior to their final internship in order to graduate.
- Following graduation, students must apply to the FLDOE for their teaching license.
Students must submit a School of Education Graduation Form to their Internship faculty during their first two weeks of final internship.
Students must indicate their intention to attend commencement ceremony, by completing the Commencement Form by the published deadline.
Information is available online at www.fsw.edu/academics/ or on the School of Education Home Page at www.fsw.edu/soe.