The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare students to become outstanding elementary school teachers. Graduates receive a B.S. in Elementary Education and are eligible for certification in Elementary Education (grades K-6) with the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement from the State of Florida.

The program effectively combines coursework and extensive field experiences in elementary school settings to enable students to integrate theory with teaching practice. USF Sarasota-Manatee's program offers upper-division courses and the majority of our students complete the freshman and sophomore years of the program at local community/state colleges. Students attending a Florida public community/state college should complete the Associate of Arts degree and state-mandated program prerequisites as part of the A.A. coursework.

Instead of a B.S., students may earn the Bachelor of Arts. in Elementary Education by completing additional graduation requirements (foreign language and exit courses). Please see an academic advisor for details.

To access a printable BA/BS Elementary Education program guide for students, click here.

How to Apply

1.  Meet the Prerequisites

Students seeking admission to the B.S. or B.A. in Elementary Education (K-6) must:

  • Have an A.A. degree from a Florida public community college or university, or must meet USF's General Education requirements; and
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 for all attempted coursework; and
  • Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test, Praxis I or CLAST.   If you use the Praxis I or the CLAST test for entrance you will need to pass the General Knowledge Test within your first semester in the program.

2.  Complete the USF Admission Application online

3.  Once admitted to USF, meet with your advisor to complete your College of Education application.


Program of Study

Additional courses outside the major may be required to meet University requirements for graduation. All courses 3 credits unless noted. See advisor for sequence of course enrollment.

Degree and certification requirements are subject to change in accordance with State and University mandates.

Pre-requisites - (9 credits):

These pre-requisites must be met by transfer students as well as USF students. A grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • EDF 2005 Intro. to Education
  • EDF 2085 Teaching Diverse Populations
  • EME 2040 Intro. to Educational Technology

Professional Education (30-33 credit hours):

  • EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child
  • EDF 3604 Social Foundations of Education
  • EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers


  • TSL 4080 Curriculum and Pedagogy of ESOL
  • TSL 4081 Literacy Development in English Language Learners
  • TSL 4251 Applying Linguistics to ESOL Teaching and Testing

Exceptional Students:

  • EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom (2-3)


  • EDE 4940 Internship (10-12).  All professional and specialization education courses, general education, foreign language, liberal arts exit requirements, and the General Knowledge Test must be completed prior to beginning the final internship. It is recommended students pass all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam prior to the Final Internship.  Students must apply for the final internship by the stated deadline for the term you plan to intern. The deadline is two semesters before the internship semester. Submit completed application to Jennifer Infanti or Justin Selph, COE undergraduate academic advisors, in Student Services.  Prior to receiving grade for final internship and clearance for graduation, you must also pass the Professional Education Test (PEd) and the Elementary Education (K-6) Subject Area Exam (SAE) and have your ESOL binder certified.

Specialization (41 credit hours):

  • EDE 4223 Creative Experiences
  • EDE 4301 Classroom Mgmnt., School Safety, Ethics, Law and Elementary Methods
  • EDE 4941 Childhood Education Internship-Level I
  • EDE 4942 Childhood Education Internship-Level II (6)
  • LAE 4314 Teaching Writing
  • LAE 4414 Teaching Literature in the Elementary Schools
  • RED 4310 Reading and Learning to Read
  • RED 4511 Linking Literacy Assessment to Instruction

Content Areas:

  • HLP 4722 Health and Physical Education for the Child (2)
  • MAE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics I
  • MAE 4326 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II
  • SCE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Science
  • SSE 4313 Teaching Elementary School Social Studies

Testing (Required as part of the program):

  • FTCE General Knowledge Test (GKT)
  • FTCE Professional Education Test (PEd)
  • FTCE Elementary Education (K-6) Subject Area Exam (SAE)

Graduation Requirements

1.  You must complete all courses as listed on your planned program of study with a minimum  grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  You must earn a grade of C- or better in each of the Pre-requisite, Core, and Specialization courses.
2.  You must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE), Professional Education and Elementary Education K-6.
4.  You must apply for graduation by deadline of term you wish to graduate.


How to apply for your certificate or add  to your existing certificate.

Completion of your USF degree and passing all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) ordinarily results in eligibility for your professional teaching certificate.

The student is responsible for applying to Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for his/her professional teaching certificate.

  • Elementary Education students (BS and MAT) apply for professional teaching certification in Elementary Education (K-6) AND ESOL Endorsement (these are two separate items on the application);

1.  Apply online at and pay appropriate fees

2.  You must submit by mail a sealed, official final transcript to FLDOE to complete your application.  Order your transcript from the Registrar's Office AFTER your degree and final grades have been posted (this will be approximately 4-6 weeks after the graduation ceremony).

Transcript Request Form (If you send transcripts to FLDOE without these items on your transcript, your professional certification will not be granted.)

3.  Receive an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility from FLDOE detailing your eligibility for both a temporary and professional certificate and remaining requirements, if any, needed to earn each certificate.

4.  Seek employment.

5.  You will be required to be fingerprinted prior to hiring and receiving your professional certificate.

Campus Contacts:  Academic Advisors

Ashley Sowell-Undergraduate Advisor/COE
Student Services, C-107
(941) 359-4330

Jenna Theil-Academic Advisor
Academic Affairs
USF Sarasota-Manatee North Port Instructional Site
(941) 426-7330



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