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Program Overview

Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science Elementary Education Program (BEE) is a state-approved educator preparation program that prepares graduates to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Students in the program will learn research-based strategies for teaching elementary students and have many opportunities to apply their knowledge in a variety of educational settings through internships. The FGC Bachelor of Science Elementary Education graduate is eligible for Florida Elementary Teacher Certification (K-Grade 6), and endorsements in Reading (K-12) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL, K-12).

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College

Entrance Requirements

  • C or higher in EDF 1005
  • 2.5 of higher GPA


Full-time students attend two days a week from 10:00 am -6:45 pm.  Part-time students attend one afternoon a week from 2:30 pm – 6:45 pm and one afternoon a week from 4:00 pm- 6:45 pm.

*Field Experience is required for this program. Field experience hours will be completed outside of the course times.


  • A.A.: 60 credit hours at 103.32/credit hour = $6,199.20
  • B.E.E.: 60 credit hours at $120.33/credit hour = $7,219.80

The total cost of tuition for the 4 years is $13,419.00

Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Starting salaries vary from $30,000 to $36,000 per year.

Employment Opportunities

A graduate of this program can seek employment teaching students in kindergarten through sixth grade in a Florida public school, charter school, or private school in the State of Florida.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Alachua County School District
  • Baker County School District
  • Clay County School District
  • Columbia County School District
  • Dixie County School District
  • Duval County School District
  • Hamilton County School District
  • Lafayette County School District
  • Madison County School District
  • Suwannee County School District
  • Union County School District

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Florida Gateway College (FGC) Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BEE) program are:

  • Acceptance to Florida Gateway College as a degree-seeking student with all required admissions documents received by Enrollment Services.
  • Completion of an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for postsecondary work.
  • Completion of EDF 1005-Introduction to the Teaching Profession with a grade of C or better.  

Note: Fingerprinting and a Level-2 criminal background check are required before a student may enroll in Internship courses.

Graduation Requirements for the BS Elementary Education Program:

  • Receive a passing score on all three components of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE): General Knowledge (GK), Professional Education (PEd), and the Elementary Education (K-6) Subject Area Examination (SAE).
  • Complete credits as outlined in the program of study, including a professional portfolio demonstrating the program outcomes and the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  • Earn a C or higher in all upper-division coursework.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language.

Program Notes

Students will obtain licensure for:

  • Elementary Education Professional Certificate
  • Reading Endorsement
  • ESOL Endorsement
Program Guide & Syllabi

Associate of Arts Degree: 60 credit hours

  • 36 credit hours General Education Requirements
  • 3 credit hours EDF 1005
  • 21 credit hours electives

Upper Division Courses: 60 credit hours

  • EDE 3223 Integrating Art, Music and Physical Education
  • EDF 3115 Child Development for Inclusive Education
  • EEX 3294 Differentiated Instruction
  • MAE 3310 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School
  • RED 3309 Teaching Early and Emergent Literacy
  • EDE 3941 Elementary Education Internship I
  • SCE 3310 Teaching Science in Elementary School
  • LAE 3414 Children’s Literature
  • TSL 3080 Foundations of Teaching ESOL
  • MAE 3312 How Children Learn Math
  • SSE 3312 Teaching Social Science in Elementary School
  • EDE 3942 Elementary Education Internship II
  • TSL 4081 TESOL Issues and Practice
  • RED 4318 Teaching Reading in Intermediate Grades
  • EDE 4943 Elementary Education Internship III
  • EDF 4603 Critical Issues in Classroom Management, Ethics, Law, and Safety
  • EDE 4302 Engineering for Elementary Learners
  • EDG 4410 Classroom Management
  • EDE 4936 Senior Seminar in Elementary Education
  • EDE 4945 Internship in Elementary Education
  • RED 4940 Internship in Reading

Total Credit Hours: 120

Learning Outcomes
  • Graduates will be able to apply concepts from human development, learning theories, and knowledge of the subject through the teaching process.
  • Graduates will be able to maintain a student-centered learning environment.
  • Graduates will be able to utilize assessments to guide teaching practice.
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional responsibility and ethical conduct.