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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.  

According to the federal  Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), the national median pay for teachers was $55,490.00 per year (Bachelor’s degree education level) in 2016.  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.  Gulf Coast State College's Elementary Teacher - AA University Transfer Track is your first step toward a successful career in teaching!

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MEET FAITH PAULSEN, GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE STUDENT & ASPIRING EDUCATOR

Faith Paulsen

All of my professors have been extremely helpful and kind.  Dr. Phillips (GCSC Social Sciences Division professor) 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
 
 

 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.

 

elementary teacher education university transfer track - special admission requirements

  • 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.

 

NEED INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS?

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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Contact an advisor

 

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

jpphillips@gulfcoast.edu

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OFFICE HOURS:

MON - 8:15am to 9:30am  &  2pm to 5:30pm  ¦  TUE - 8:15am to 9:30am  &  12:15pm to 1:45pm  ¦  WED - 8:15am to 9:30am  ¦   
THU - 8:15am to 9:30am  ¦  FRI - No Office Hours 

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Division Chairperson

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

wkeene@gulfcoast.edu

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OFFICE HOURS:

MON - 2pm to 3:30pm   ¦   TUE - 11am to 12:15pm  ¦  WED - No Office Hours  ¦   THU - 11am to 12:15pm  ¦  FRI - No Office Hours

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