Bachelor of Science
The mission for the Early Childhood Education (E.C.E.) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program is to prepare students to become highly effective prekindergarten through grade 3 teachers in public and private school settings.
The program offers affordable, flexible, yet targeted courses that focus on providing developmentally appropriate teaching practices to future educators through both hybrid and online class formats. The B.S. curricula are evidence-based and strive to meet and exceed the Florida Department of Education requirements. Students graduate with the ability to earn the Florida Educator Certificate (prekindergarten/primary education) and an ESOL endorsement.
The curriculum is designed to provide a practical hands-on application approach to understanding early childhood education. With the lower-division component of the B.S. degree built on the College's Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program in Early Childhood Management, students who have completed the A.S. degree will, in most cases, be able to apply their technical coursework toward the B.S. degree.
The prerequisites for entering the B.S. in E.C.E. are a completed A.S. in Early Childhood Management or A.A. degree and completion of one prerequisite course for Florida Teacher Preparation Programs:
A minimum grade of C or higher must be achieved in all upper division courses.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the B.S. in Early Childhood Education program, applicants must satisfy the bachelor's degree general admission requirements . The B.S. in Early Childhood Education degree program has rolling admissions throughout the term; a bachelor's degree admissions application may be submitted at any time throughout the term. Apply online at apply.fscj.edu.
Additionally, applicants must:
- Hold an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education degree or a General Education Associate in Arts degree.
- Have a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the general education component of their A.S. or A.A. degree or have completed the requirements for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (Fla. Stat. § 1004.04).
- Submit a typed essay (350-500 words in a Word document) on their reasons for becoming a teacher. Students submit their essays to TeacherAdmissions@fscj.edu.
- Complete the state required prerequisite course with a grade of C or higher.
- Complete an entrance interview with a representative of the Early Childhood Educating department.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Florida State College at Jacksonville, students must:
- Earn a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the general education component of A.S. or A.A. degree or have completed the requirements for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, as required by Fla. Stat. § 1004.04.
- Successfully complete all required courses with a C or higher and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Take and pass all three of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) prior to and placement. For more information on the cost or how to register for the examinations, visit fl.nesinc.com. The FTCE include the following:
- General Knowledge Test (all four parts).
- Prekindergarten/Primary Education.
- Professional Education Test.
- Submit an approved portfolio prior to and placement demonstrating mastery of the program course objectives.
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The prerequisite knowledge can be obtained by completing the following course:
General Education Coursework
Credit Hours: 36
Lower Division Coursework
Credit Hours: 27
A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Lower Division coursework.
Lower Division Elective Coursework
Credit Hours: 21
Select from any Associate in Arts Elective coursework, Associate in Science Professional coursework, or Associate in Science Professional Elective coursework.
It is strongly recommended that Lower Division Elective coursework include key skill-building courses with the following prefixes:
Upper Division Coursework
Credit Hours: 33
A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Upper Division coursework.
Upper Division Elective Coursework
Credit Hours: 3
A minimum grade of C or higher is required in all Upper Division coursework.
Total Credit Hours: 120
Credit hours may vary depending on whether a student has satisfied the foreign language requirements of the College.
Background Check Requirement for Education Majors
All students are required to pass a background check in order to complete field experience and EEC 4940C - Internship Early Childhood. Failure to pass the background check may result in the student being unable to complete the course and program. For the exact cost for the background checks, please refer to the Field Experience Guide, which is located in the Field Experience Canvas Learning Management shell.
The most common reasons for being denied entrance into PK-12 field experiences and the internship include:
- Two or more misdemeanor charge dispositions resulting in pre-trial diversion, a guilty plea, a plea of nolo contendere, and/or withhold of adjudication.
- Unresolved criminal charges.
- Prior employment termination for unsatisfactory performance.
- Prior employment terminations for cause.
Students are encouraged to contact the program manager in advance if they have concerns about their clearance.
If a student is removed from EEC 4940C - Internship Early Childhood by the hosting school or the program dean/manager, the student will be required to meet with the appropriate dean or program manager and develop an action plan for remediation. Remediation is mandatory and must be completed prior to another internship placement according to the College's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU's) with all participating school districts. There will be no refund of tuition and fees or costs. However, students may appeal their tuition fees through the Dean of Education by following the procedures listed in Procedures for Academic and Non-Academic Appeals section of the College catalog.
Upon successful completion of the remediation plan, the student must re-apply for internship placement. However, the College cannot guarantee placement since the school district must approve all placements.
Foreign Language Requirement for Baccalaureate Degree
Baccalaureate degree-seeking students must meet a foreign language requirement prior to graduation. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing eight semester hours of the same foreign language or sign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in Florida Statute 1007.262 at bit.ly/FS-foreign-language and DOE Board Rule 6A.10.02412 at bit.ly/FR-foreign-language. The student is responsible to send official high school transcripts to the Registrar's Office for evaluation.
- Submitting an English translated high school course-by-course transcript from a country of origin, exits test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students must have an English translation performed, at students' expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Visit naces.org/members for a list of NACES members. Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates at jsilny.com and World Education Services at wes.org.
- Also, appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will be accepted.
Course offered are in American Sign Language (ASL 1140 and ASL 1150 ), Brazilian Portuguese (POR 1120 and POR 1121 ), Chinese (CHI 1120 and CHI 1121 ), French (FRE 1120 and FRE 1121 ), French Conversation (FRE 2210 and FRE 2211 ), French Intermediate (FRE 2200 and FRE 2201 ), German (GER 1120 and GER 1121 ), German Intermediate (GER 2200 and GER 2201 ), Latin (LAT 1120 and LAT 1121 ), Spanish (SPN 1120 and SPN 1121 ), Spanish Conversation (SPN 2210 and SPN 2211 ), and Spanish Intermediate (SPN 2200 and SPN 2201 ) fulfill this eight credit hour requirement. Students may use the ASL prefix course combination to satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College.
Writing and Mathematical Skills Requirement
The Florida State Board of Education Rule regarding the required writing and mathematical skills was revised in December 2005. 6A-10.030 specifies the policies and procedures for implementing the requirement (Table 5).
To receive a bachelor's degree, students must:
- Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
- Earn minimum prescribed semester hours for the selected bachelor's degree with at least a 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale for an all college cumulative grade point average. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower and upper division courses;
- Earn at least a C in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements and any other area designated with a C or higher in each course.
- Earn a minimum of 25 percent of all credits counting toward the baccalaureate degree from Florida State College at Jacksonville (for example, a minimum of 30 credits for a 120-credit bachelor's degree). Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
- Fulfill the 36 college credit Florida General Education Requirements (note: 45 semester hours of required General Education for the B.S.N. degree and 51 semester hours of required General Education for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree), including the required core course options as listed in s. 1007.25(3) Florida Statue and State Board Rule 6A.14.0303;
- Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with s. 1007.25, Florida Statutes (F.S.) at bit.ly/FS-gen-ed-courses and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) at bit.ly/FR-civic-lit-comp. Pursuant to guidelines established by Senate Bill 1108, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020 or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher AND by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment;
- Fulfill the Foreign Language requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by demonstrating foreign language proficiency (at the intermediate level) equivalent to 2-years in high school or a sequence of two college credit courses in a single foreign language. Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
- Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in s. 1007.262 Florida Statute and State Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible for sending official high school transcripts to the Registrar's office for evaluation.
- Submitting a transcript from the country of origin; exit test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students may be required to have an English translation performed, at students' expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (visit naces.org/members for a list of NACES members). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
- Appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will also be accepted.
- Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
- Students who enter under the (2022/2023) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2022/2023 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.