Bachelor of Science

Elementary Cohort Degree Plan

Elementary Education with ESOL Endorsement Program K-6 Teacher Certification

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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:



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Requirements for the bachelor’s degree: Students must complete “Preliminary Requirements for Students entering Teacher Education Programs.”


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.

Prerequisite Checklist

Learn more about the Elementary Cohort Program on the Program Information page