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Secondary Social Science Education (B.A.) 2014-2015 Catalog Year

College of Education

Department of Curriculum, Instruction , & Culture

The B.A. in Secondary Education offers three majors:

  • Biology (6-12 grades)
  • Mathematics (6-12 grades)
  • Social Science (6-12 grades)

Field experiences are central to the Secondary Education program and commence in the first semester with increasing involvement throughout the program.

Program Admission Requirements
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 on all hours attempted.
  • Pass all subsections of the FTCE General Knowledge Test or Praxis I. No exemptions can be considered.
  • Satisfy General Education requirements.
  • Satisfy of Communication and Computation Skills.
  • Satisfy common prerequisite requirements.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
    Refer to the General Education Program for more information.

    • Communication (6 hrs)
    • Mathematics (6 hrs)
    • Humanities (9 hrs)
    • Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
    • Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)

      Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.

  2. Common Prerequisites (variable)*

    • EDF 2005 Intro to Teach Prof (3)*
    • EDF 2085 Intro to Diversity for Educ (3)*
    • EME 2040 Intro to Tech For Educ (3)*
    • In addition to EDF 2085, a minimum of 6 hrs with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate of Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.
    • Other program prerequisites:
      • AMH 2010 US History to 1877 (3)
      • AMH 2020 US History Since 1877 (3)
      • POS 2041 American National Government (3)
      • Anthropology (3)
      • Cultural Geography (3)
      • Economics (3)
      • Psychology (3)
      • Sociology (3)

    *Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better.

  3. Required Courses in the Major (39 hrs)
    The following course sequence assumes a fall start with full-time attendance. Students beginning in spring or summer or attending part-time should see a College of Education Advisor.

    Required  Education Courses (27)
    • EDF 3132 Adolescent Growth & Development (3)
    • EDF 3253 Learning Mgmt in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
    • EDF 4470 Classroom Assessment (3)
    • EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in Reg Ed (3)
    • EDG 4937 Senior Seminar Initial Teacher Prep (6)
    • RED 4350 Literacy Content & Processes (3)
    • SSE 4153 Social Science Methods 6-12 (3)
    • SSE 4940 Internship: Social Science Education 6-12 (3)
    • SSE 4941 Integrated Field Experience: Sec Ed/Social Science (3)
    • TSL 4340 Meth, Curric & Instruc Effect (3)
    • TSL 4520 Second Lang Acquisition Comm & Culture (3)

  4. Subject Area Electives (18 hrs)
    1. Select from the following with approval of the college academic advisor:
      • Upper level courses (3-4000 level) from the social sciences disciplines (prefixes of AMH, ANT, ECO, HIS, POS, PSY, SOP, SYD, SYG, SYO, and SYP).

  5. University Requirements (3 hrs)
    • IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • A grade of C or higher in all College of Education (COE) courses with an overall GPA of 2.5 in all COE coursework and in all coursework attempted.
  • Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), including the subject area examination and the  Professional Education examination.
  • A minimum of 48 upper division hours (courses numbered 3000 and higher).
  • Complete 30 of the last 60 hours at FGCU.
  • Satisfy foreign language admission requirement.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement:
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

The COE limits the transfer of coursework into its upper-division, undergraduate programs. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of C and no more than five years prior to the date of entry into the College of Education undergraduate program.

  • EDF 2005: may substitute EDF X005 (3)
  • EDF 2085: may substitute EDF X085 (3)
  • EME 2040: may substitute EME X040 (3)
  • AMH 2010: may substitute AMH X010 (3)
  • AMH 2020: may substitute AMH X020 (3)
  • POS 2041: may substitute POS X041 (3)
  • Anthropology: may substitute any course with ANT prefix (3)
  • Economics: may substitute any course with ECO prefix (3)
  • Cultural Geography: may substitute any course with GEA prefix (3)
  • Psychology: may substitute any course with PSY prefix (3)
  • Sociology: may substitute any course with SOC prefix (3)

For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Progression Requirements
  • In order to register for courses in Block 2, students must be admitted to the College of Education (see Program Admission Requirements).
  • In order to be placed in the Block 4 Integrated Field Experience, students must pass the FTCE Professional Education Test.
  • In order to be placed in a Block 5 Final Internship, students must have taken the FTCE Subject Area Exam.
  • Students will not graduate until all required tests of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam are passed.

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