Are you energetic, capable of multitasking, flexible, good with youth and nurturing towards others? Education might be for you.
Teaching is a rewarding career and Eastern Florida State College is a terrific place to begin. EFSC offers many courses for college students to transfer to a university that will help prepare them for a major in education to work as an elementary, middle or high school teacher, plus a bachelor's degree for those who want to teach Biology, Chemistry to Middle School Science. We also offer an Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) for people with a non-education bachelor's degree who want to add the credentials to become a teacher. In addition, courses at EFSC also can lead to the certifications or training necessary to work as an Early Childhood Education Teacher or a classroom teaching assistant.
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Transfer Degree to Bachelor's Degree
• Associate in Arts (meet with an advisor to ensure electives align with bachelor's-level academic goals)
Educator Preparation Institute (EPI):
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EFSC's EPI offers an alternate route to teacher certification for mid-career professionals and college graduates holding a bachelor's degree or higher who were not education majors.
Bachelor in Science
Science Teacher Education - Choose from Three Teaching Specializations in Biology, Chemistry or Middle School Science
Associate in Science
• Early Childhood Education
• Educational Technology Assistant
Related College Credit Certificates
• Child Care Center Management
• Child Development Early Intervention
• Educational Assisting
• FCCPC- Florida Child Care Provider Certificate
• Infant/Toddler Specialization
• Preschool Specialization
Courses at EFSC include classes required for majors in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Classroom Teaching Assistant, Single Subject Specialization for Secondary Education and Exceptional Education. Education students will learn the history and philosophy of education, Florida Code of Ethics, how to teach diverse learners and how to create and follow lesson plans.
The following three courses are recommended for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education and will be used for elective credit: EDF 1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession; EME 2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators, and EDF 2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators. Please see an advisor for more information.
EFSC also offers the Educator Preparation Institute program as an alternate path to teach in a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 setting for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in a field other than teaching. The EPI curriculum leads to a Certificate of Completiong (CER) and provides the knowledge and skills needed to earn a Florida Professional Educator's Certificate from the Florida Department of Education.
High school students can earn college credit in Eastern Florida's education programs for education courses taken through Brevard Public Schools. The Educational Assisting certificate program is also open to dual enrolled students as a way to take bachelor-level education pre-requisite courses while still in high school.