FGCU Offers New Minor in Education Studies
FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announces a new minor in education studies beginning January 2006 for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in a non-education area but who may want to teach in the future.
FGCU created the minor as an alternative way to respond to the state's critical need for 30,000 new K-12 teachers next year.
The Florida State Board of Education requires certified teachers to receive training in three fields including subject area knowledge, professional preparation and practical experience in teaching. Baccalaureate programs for teacher preparation already meet the three requirements.
The new minor in education studies is designed to meet the professional preparation needs of students who are seeking majors in areas other than education. Five courses for a total of 15 credit hours are offered at the undergraduate level to train students in the field of professional preparation. The minor includes coursework in sociological and psychological foundations of education and general and special methods of teaching.
Non-education students can meet the subject area knowledge requirement by having a degree major in the area to be taught or by passing the subject area portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
The practical experience requirement can be met by two years of full-time experience with a temporary certification in a public or nonpublic school that has a state approved program for demonstration of professional education competencies.
Non-degree seeking students who are currently teaching with a temporary certificate may also take the courses only for the purpose of satisfying Florida professional education requirements but the courses do not lead to a minor.
All prospective students are encouraged to contact the College of Education before enrolling to map a course of study.
For more information, media representatives should contact assistant dean of the College of Education Sherree Houston at (239) 590-7736.