In this section...
- Admission Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
- Students of Concern Policies and Processes
The Bachelor’s in Elementary Education degree program is a limited access program. The SOE may accept professional education and specialization coursework completed at USFSM or at other accredited institutions as follows:
- Courses completed within the last five (5) years may be accepted.
- Courses completed over five (5) years but less than ten (10) years ago must have the approval of the Director from the School.
- Courses completed ten (10) years ago or longer will count as elective credit only.
Admission to the Bachelor’s in Elementary Education degree is contingent upon meeting the following preliminary requirements:
- Completion of a SOE application form. The admission process to the SOE is separate and in addition to admission to USFSM. Education majors must meet with an academic advisor to apply for admission into the School. During the New Student Orientation, students receive information about their degree program and register for courses for their first semester.
- Completion of General Education requirements.
- Passing scores on a general knowledge exam specified for the major:
- For the major in Elementary Education, which leads to certification to teach in Florida, submission of passing scores on all portions of the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams, within 10 years of application for certification. GRE test administrations conducted on or after July 1, 2015, may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge. Passing scores must be in accordance with Rule 6A-4.0021 (12) FAC.
- For the major in Interdisciplinary Education, which does not lead to state certification, EITHER submission of passing scores on all portions of the General Knowledge Test of Florida Teacher Certification Exams OR all portions of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam.
- An overall minimum GPA of 2.50 on all attempted hours.
- Completion of State-Mandated Common Prerequisites.
The program requires field experience or clinical experiences. You will need to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) in order to complete the requirements for several courses. Obtaining the SSN is the responsibility of the student.
To graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Education, candidates must meet all General Requirements and Graduation Requirements of CLASS majors as well as the following:
- Earned a combined grade point average of 2.50 in professional education and specialization as well as an overall USFSM GPA of 2.50
- Completed all assignments and/or requirements that are required to be uploaded into Taskstream
- Successful completion of all courses and requirements on the Program of Study
- Submitted all documents for graduation (i.e., test scores, final grades, final transcripts) to Academic Advising (SMC-C107) no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday after the graduation ceremony. If that date is a university holiday, then the said information must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on the Thursday after the graduation ceremony.
Elementary Education majors must also have:
- Successfully completed all program requirements for ESOL including the ESOL Field Experience Documentation form.
- Passed the appropriate Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE): Subject Area Exams and Professional Education Exam.
- Elementary Education majors must also complete the assignments and/or requirements that are required to be uploaded into Taskstream.
Students of Concern Policies and Processes
The SOE is responsible for ensuring that its students (hereinafter referred to as “candidates”) exhibit the knowledge, skills and dispositions outlined in the conceptual framework, institutional, state, and national standards, including a commitment to fairness and the belief that all students can learn. Further, as educators our candidates must exhibit the highest ethical standards in their role as moral exemplars in the community.
There are occasionally patterns of observed behaviors that could give rise to a concern that a candidate’s dispositions and professional deportment are not sufficiently developed or are even inconsistent with those expected of a professional educator. Both the SOE administration and the candidate will be made aware of concerns that a candidate is not meeting the standard of knowledge, skills, or dispositions that are expected by the college and specifically outlined in institutional, state, or national standards. This awareness will be communicated in a manner that is sufficiently formative and allows the candidate to reflect, consider alternatives, and attempt to make any changes necessary consistent with fulfilling their professional career aspirations. The process should be sensitive, transparent, and effective.
There are provisions so that the faculty and supervisors who work with the candidate in subsequent semesters are aware of the concerns and the plans developed to address those concerns. There will always be more than one representative of the faculty who agrees that the concerns warrant intervention. This shall be an internal process managed by a small committee of faculty, referred to as the Pre-completion Educator Professional Support Committee (PEPSC). The knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions of concern and plans of action are documented in the committee’s files, but do not ordinarily become part of the candidate’s academic file. This process in the SOE is complementary to processes already in place in the university (such as those in student affairs, academic probation, etc.) and will focus on the professional preparation of the candidate.
Taskstream accounts are required of students enrolled in the following School of Education (SOE) degree programs:
- Bachelor in Elementary Education
- Master of Teaching Elementary Education
- Master of Education in Educational Leadership (all concentrations).
Taskstream is a web-based electronic data system that provides assessment data to faculty and candidates in order to evaluate progress against professional standards for teachers and leaders in education. These data support approval by the Florida Department of Education and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Faculty use data from the assessments for continuous program improvement.
Accounts should be purchased once the candidate is in a course with a Critical Task (formative or summative, or a Transition Point Project). Formative Tasks (FT) help candidates and faculty monitor progress and identify areas in need of growth; there is no required minimum mean score for FTs, but candidates must upload the Formative Task to Taskstream or earn an Incomplete for the course. Summative Tasks (SCT) evaluate mastery of required knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions and candidates must earn a mean score of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale, or a 2.0 or higher on a 4-point scale to pass the course.
In addition to assessments, there might also be forms to complete and upload into Taskstream. Information on how to get and use a Taskstream account is available in the program orientation on Canvas.