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Use the link below to request an advising appointment for the Science Teacher Education - Biology B.S. degree. Available methods are phone, virtual via MS Teams or on-campus.

Science Teacher Education B.S. Degree - Biology Specialization

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Middle school and high school science teachers are in critical demand. Eastern Florida State College's Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Science Teacher Education - Biology Teacher specialization is designed to help fill that need by preparing graduates to teach biology to students in grades 6-12.

Students in the program benefit from education courses focused on specialized science content preparation, educational theory, and educational practice, allowing bachelor's students to develop peer relationships. The curriculum also includes extensive science courses such as Biology of Microorganisms, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Zoology. View the official catalog curriculum.

The degree includes an internship and other hands-on teaching opportunities in middle or high school classrooms, which requires passing a Brevard Public School background check.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Science Teacher Education B.S. degree must meet the following requirements as part of the admissions process:

• Must have earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited college and all program prerequisite requirements (see chart below). If you have a degree other than an Associate in Arts (A.A.) please schedule an appointment with a bachelor's advisor to review general education requirements before applying for this B.S. degree program.

• Have earned a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher on a 4-point scale as reflected on the official degree transcript.

• Must submit all final, official non-EFSC, regionally accredited college transcripts following the how-to information in step 3 of the bachelor's enrollment process.

• Must have completed all general education courses as part of their associate degree plus the state-mandated common program prerequisite courses listed below with a grade of C- or higher. Make an appointment with a bachelor's advisor if you need to review transfer course equivalencies.

Biology Teacher Program Prequisites

BSCC 1010 General Biology 1
BSCC 1011 General Biology 2
CHM/L 1045 Chemistry 1 with Lab
CHM/L 1046 Chemistry 2 with Lab
CHM/L 2210 Organic Chemistry with Lab
STA 2023 Statistics
EDF 1005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession

Pre-Acceptance Testing Requirement

• Applicants must have passed all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Test that is required by the state of Florida as part of the teacher certification process.

So applicants are prepared for the exams and the B.S. program's upper-level coursework, these two courses are highly recommended as part of a student's associate degree elective courses:
EVR 1001 Introduction to Environmental Science
BSSC 1084 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

The Florida Dept. of Education has contracted with Pearson Education, Inc. to administer the General Knowledge exam. Test results must be submitted to the EFSC Registrar before a student is admitted to the Science Teacher Education program. When registering for the exam, request the results be sent to Eastern Florida State College.

The General Knowledge Test is offered locally at the Pearson Vue Test Center located at 2176 Sarno Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935. You may ask questions and register via phone by calling 866-613-3281 or 413-256-2893.

You can also visit Pearson's Florida Teacher Certification Exam registration website to view detailed information about the testing process and register online for the FTCE General Knowledge Test.

How to Apply

The online application for the Science Teacher Education - Biology Teacher Specialization is available now. Those interested should apply following EFSC's Bachelor's Program Enrollment Steps.

Accepted Student Information

• Accepted students must complete the Bachelor's Orientation and required advising appointment prior to registering for the first semester of courses. View more details on how to access orientation and make an advising appointment.

• Students beginning their bachelor program in the 2021-22 academic year or later must have met Florida's Civic Literacy requirement before their baccalaureate degree will be awarded. See the Civic Literacy page for details on how this requirement can be met.

• Due to student teaching activities in local school settings, students accepted into the program are covered by EFSC's Professional Liability Student Insurance. The $26.50 per academic year insurance fee is assessed as a course lab fee connected to a course that requires the insurance coverage.

• Before any courses that require a Brevard Public Schools (BPS) background check, students must obtain security clearance with fingerprinting through BPS. Complete the BPS on-line volunteer application then go to the BPS Office of District & School Security to have the fingerprinting done. There is an initial $35 charge for the fingerprinting and an $8 annual renewal fee. Fees can be paid online when applying or in person before the fingerprinting session. Visit the BPS District and School security website for BPS hours and location.

• B.S. program science courses prepare students to earn a passing score on the Biology Subject Area Test, which is normally taken shortly before graduation and is required to become certified to teach Biology in grades 6-12 in Florida. The exam registration process and testing location is the same as the General Knowledge Test information in the admissions requirements section above. Information guides for the Florida subject area exams are available on the Pearson website.