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Elementary Teacher Education Option, Liberal Arts A.A.

 

IS A DEGREE IN ELEMENTARY TEACHER EDUCATION RIGHT FOR YOU?

There are a lot of reasons to teach - social, philanthropic, economic, diplomatic - and each one is compelling.  If you (or someone you care about) benefited from the instruction and care of a great teacher, you understand the impact a great teacher can have on a student's life. 

Teachers make a difference.  To whom, how and where you make that difference is up to you.   

Our Elementary Teacher Education - AA university transfer track is a great program for individuals interested in a teaching career in the lower grades.   Elementary education teachers help students in elementary schools learn about a wide range of subjects, including mathematics, history, language arts, and science. Aspiring elementary education students must complete professional field-based programs, so they gain experience with designing curricula and teaching classes.  The program is designed to transfer to a four-year institution, leading to Florida certification to teach kindergarten to sixth grade.  

Gulf Coast State College's Elementary Teacher - AA University Transfer Track is your first step toward a successful career in teaching!

 
 
 

MEET FAITH PAULSEN, CURRENT GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE STUDENT / ASPIRING EDUCATOR

Faith Paulsen

All of my professors have been extremely helpful and kind.  Dr. Phillips (Social Sciences professor and Education Program Manager) is a mentor to me and all of his students...I hope to inspire kids the way that my teachers have inspired me.
– GCSC STUDENT, AA LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR, CLASS OF 2019
 

 HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO EARN AS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER?

 According to the federal  Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the national median pay for teachers was $54,550.00 per year (Bachelor’s degree education level) in 2015.  Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of projected increases in student enrollment.  Employment may vary by region.

Also according to the OOH, the median pay for teaching assistants in 2015 was $24,900.00 annually (some college education level).  Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from increases in student enrollment and classroom size and continued demand for special education services.

Once I get my degree in Elementary Teacher Education from a university, what kind of jobs will I qualify for?

Business Teacher Dean of Students Educational Interpreter Elementary School Teacher
Math Teacher Athletic Director Physical Education Teacher Corporate Trainer
Science Teacher Social Studies Teacher Instruction/Curriculum Designer Personal Trainer
 

 Program Requirements

Communications Area  CH
 •+*ENC1101, English I 3
 +*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 6
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
 EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
 EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators1 3
 EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
Electives
 Electives 15
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 60

Recommended electives:

SPC1608, Introduction to Public Speaking, 3 crs.

AMH2010, American History, 3 crs.

EEC1701, Child Development, 4 crs.

1In addition to EDF2085, a minimum of 6 crs. with an international or diversity focus is required.  Foreign language courses may be used for this requirement. 


• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 
 

Are there any special admission requirements for the university transfer Track in Elementary Teacher Education?

  • The state of Florida requires a thorough background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, prior to students entering the classroom for observations.
  • On-site requirements may only be completed once written verification of completed and approved background checks are submitted to Gulf Coast State College.
  • Students must attend and comply with requirements of school systems where observations are conducted. Gulf Coast State College has articulation agreements with Gulf, Franklin, and Bay school districts for classroom observations.
  • All costs associated with background checks must be paid by student.
 

My academic plan (map)

Refer to My Academic Plan (MAP-AA/Liberal Arts  (EDUC-AA)) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today!

 Learn More

Ready to apply?  You'll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit Gulf Coast State College's Admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Visit the Gulf Coast  State College course catalog for specific general education class requirements, course prerequisites, admission requirements, and additional information for the university transfer track.

 

Contact an advisor

John P. Phillips, Ph.D.
Professor, Social Sciences Division
850-769-1551, extension 2827

jpphillips@gulfcoast.edu

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Division Chair

Wes Keene, MS
Chair, Social Sciences Division
850-769-1551, extension 3826, 850-872-3826

wkeene@gulfcoast.edu

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There are many options available to help you pay for college.  Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

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