Bachelor of Science
Elementary Cohort Degree Plan
Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement Program K-6 Teacher Certification
Students complete a state-approved program to be eligible for teacher certification in Elementary Education (Grades K-6). The current program of study includes both coursework and extensive field experience in elementary school settings. A professional portfolio that reflects students' demonstration of the Accomplished Practices (APs) is a requirement for graduation. Please note that degree and certification requirements are subject to change in accordance with state mandates.
Students proceed through the program in a cohort and are required to complete all the required courses each semester with a grade of “C- “or better and to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to progress to the next semester. Students who do not meet this requirement will be required to meet with their academic advisor and/or the department’s Professional Standards Committee and will not be able to enroll in any of the subsequent cohort classes until the class is offered again in the next cohort.
Students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.5 in the combined Professional Core and Teaching Specialization prior to final internship and graduation. Students who withdraw from or who have unsatisfactory grades in the field experiences or internships must petition the Department’s Professional Standards Committee before they will be allowed to repeat the internships.
The Elementary Education program at USF offers a full state of Florida English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement for all Elementary Education program graduates. The special requirements for ESOL endorsement are as follows:
Successful completion of:
- ESOL 1, 2, and 3, with a minimum grade of 70 percent or better on all three sections of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the three ESOL courses;
- A 20-hour early ESOL field experience in ESOL 1;
- A late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over 10 days; and
- All ESOL Chalk & Wire assignments as required, including those in the three ESOL courses as well as the ESOL infused courses.
- Fingerprinting is a requirement for all internships in the College of Education. All Elementary Education students will need to be fingerprinted by Hillsborough County Public School District prior to the beginning of their first semester. Any costs related to the process will be the responsibility of the students. For more information about this, please contact Dianne Wood. Students will need to be fingerprinted for Pasco County if they elect to complete their internship in that county.
- There will be no early release of undergraduate elementary preservice teachers from their final internship to take a teaching position unless students are in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Pre-service teachers are eligible to be employed but after the final date of their internship and participation and the Practitioner Research Conference.
- Field experiences are a critical component of teacher education and part of each semester of undergraduate elementary preparation at the University of South Florida. Thus, students must arrange their own transportation. Many students who do not have their own vehicles either take public transportation or arrange a carpool.
COURSE LIST FOR CERTIFICATION IN GRADES K-6
Requirements for the bachelor’s degree: Students must complete “Preliminary Requirements for Students entering Teacher Education Programs.”
PREREQUISITES (STATE MANDATED COMMON PREREQUISITES):
The College of Education’s Student Academic Services office advises students interested in Education but who are not yet admitted to the program. This pre-education advising office has a wealth of information that is helpful to students.
Learn more about the Elementary Cohort Program on the Program Information page.