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Department Requirements

Admission to the Department

Students enrolling at Flagler College who wish to major in education must meet departmental requirements and timelines. 

Admission to the College as an education major does not guarantee admission to the department. Students must earn a score of 1010 (combined) on the SAT or 21 on the ACT to be admitted to the College as an education major. Students who enter Flagler College as freshmen should apply for admission to the education department no later than the end of their fourth semester at Flagler.

For a more-detailed explanation of the admission process to the education department, see the Flagler College Catalog

Special Fees

An internship fee, currently $300.00, is charged each intern for the semester of student teaching internship. This fee is in addition to regular tuition and is intended to cover the cost of various plans for remuneration of directing teachers.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Flagler after two years of college often cannot complete degree requirements for majors in Education in the standard eight semesters. They should contact the Chairman of the Education Department and request an evaluation of the time necessary to complete their programs before submitting advanced payments to confirm their intentions to enroll.

Transfer students enrolling at Flagler College with an A.A. degree are required to meet the education department's admission requirements within their first two semesters.

Transfer students who have completed an A.A. degree should apply at the end of their first semester of enrollment at Flagler. Students who are not admitted to the Education Department by completion of their fourth semester of college will not be allowed to take any education courses until admission requirements are met. Transfer students are allowed two semesters to meet the Education Department’s admission requirements. If admission requirements are not met after two semesters, students will not be allowed to enroll in Education Department courses, except to repeat a course in which a grade of D or F was earned.

Other Requirements:

Education Department Academic Standards: To be admitted into the Education Department at Flagler College and to continue taking courses that lead to a degree in one of the teacher education programs offered by the department, students are required to earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average by completion of their fourth semester of college, maintain it throughout their degree program, and demonstrate professional dispositions required of a teacher.

Students who are majoring in any teacher education program and who fail to meet departmental admissions standards by the end of their fourth semester of college or transfer students who fail to meet departmental admissions standards by the end of their second semester at Flagler will receive notification from the Education Department indicating the conditions for continued enrollment in education courses. The conditions are as follows:

  1. Students completing their fourth semester of college with less than a 2.5 cumulative grade point average will receive written notification denying enrollment in education courses other than to repeat courses in which the student earned grades of D or F.
  2. Under certain circumstances, and at the discretion of the Chair of the Education Department, a student with more than 55 credit hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.4-2.49 may receive written approval to take additional education courses at the student’s own risk and with no guarantee that approval will extend beyond a one-semester probationary period. Such approval is contingent upon the Chair’s review of the student’s academic performance while at Flagler College and the student’s academic aptitude and prospects for improvement as assessed by the Chair.
  3. No student will receive final approval to begin the student teaching internship, unless the student has earned at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average for the academic period ending immediately prior to the internship experience, has passed the Florida Teacher Certification Exam, and has demonstrated professional dispositions required of a teacher.
  4. Students whose enrollment in education courses is denied due to substandard performance may appeal in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs will review the student’s cumulative grade point average, performance related to academic aptitude, performance related to standards for both admission to, and continuation in, the Education Department, and any pertinent information contained in the student’s letter of appeal. The student will receive written notification from the Office of Academic Affairs that the appeal has been granted or denied. If an appeal is granted, the Office of Academic Affairs may establish a probationary period and establish strict conditions for continuation.
  5. Students who have been denied further enrollment in teacher education courses due to grade deficiencies may be readmitted to the Education Department after they have raised their cumulative grade point average to at least a 2.5. Readmission, however, is contingent upon enrollment demand in the major and the availability of space in the classroom.

Portfolio Requirement: As part of the degree requirements to graduate from a State-approved teacher education program, all Education majors must show knowledge of and demonstrate competency with the Twelve Accomplished Practices that comprise standard one in the Florida Department of Education’s Continuous Program Approval process. To demonstrate their knowledge, students are required to develop an electronic portfolio that includes required artifacts and evaluations, as specified by the Education Department. The portfolio must be presented to the education faculty the semester immediately preceding the student’s internship. Final approval of the portfolio will be made after completion of the internship.

Teacher Certification Exam Requirement: As part of the requirements for graduating from a State-Approved teacher education program, all Education majors at Flagler are required to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE). Students must earn a passing score on the FTCE as a prerequisite for the student teaching internship. To meet this requirement, students will begin taking the FTCE in the first semester of their junior year.

The FTCEs include the General Knowledge test (GK), a Professional Education test and one or more subject area tests. Passing the FTCE means earning a passing score on the General Knowledge Test, Professional Education test, and the Subject Area Exam(s) appropriate for the student’s particular major. For example, a student majoring in Education of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and Elementary Education must pass four FTCE tests: (1) General Knowledge, (2) Professional Education, (3) Education of the Deaf, and (4) Elementary Education. An English education major must pass three FTCE tests: (1) General Knowledge, (2) Professional Education, and (3) English. Passing scores must be received by the College prior to the student’s internship.

A chart of the Education Department Passing Rates on the Florida Teacher Certification Exam, As Required By Title II: Test Results for 2007-2008 can be found on page 177 in the course catalogue.

Student Teaching Internships: Each semester the Director of Field Experiences schedules a meeting with students who will intern within two semesters. Notices are posted around campus alerting students to attend the meeting. Details regarding how to make application for student teaching and the deadline for completing the application are discussed at this mandatory meeting. It is the student’s responsibility to make application for student teaching (EDU 481 or EDD 481) by the announced deadline. The completed application is reviewed by the Education Department before acceptance to student teaching is granted and an internship assignment is made.

The student teaching internship is the culminating experience for students majoring in education and should be scheduled for the semester immediately preceding graduation. Students must satisfy all the following requirements to qualify for a student teaching internship:

  1. Completion of all courses required in the student’s major. Under certain extenuating circumstances, an exception to this policy may be granted by the Department Chair.
  2. No grade below a C in all education courses.
  3. Submission and approval of an electronic portfolio that includes required artifacts, letters, and evaluations, as specified by the Education Department.
  4. Achievement of passing scores on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE). This includes General Knowledge, Professional Education, and the Subject Area Exam or Exams appropriate for each student major.

Students are permitted to intern in school systems in the geographical area where full and part-time Flagler College faculty supervise. This includes the following counties: St. Johns, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, and Volusia.

An internship fee, currently $300.00, is charged each intern for the semester of student teaching internship. This fee is in addition to regular tuition and is intended to cover the cost of various plans for remuneration of directing teachers.

Education Department Policy on Professional Disposition

Teachers serve as role models for the students with whom they work and as leaders in the community. Consistent with these roles, all students from Flagler College shall dress in a manner and have an appearance that is appropriate and professional in light of the environment in which they work, the duties of their jobs and the impressionable youth they serve. Although our climate and environment may be less formal than other parts of the country, it is still important that Flagler students do not appear at any school affiliated function, including practicum assignments and internships, wearing flip flops, shorts, beachwear, see-through and otherwise revealing clothing and apparel with slogans. Clothes should be clean, neatly pressed, and free of rips, tears, tattered hems; body accoutrements (other than earrings and traditional jewelry) should be removed (including hardware worn in the tongue) or covered (tattoos). It is important that Flagler students dress as role models for the students. Questions about the policy should be directed to Flagler Education Department faculty.

Professional behavior is expected at all times of students during practicum and internship in the schools. Expectations include, but are not limited to, appropriate professional conduct with students and teachers, ethical behavior in all situations, utilizing proper discipline procedures, and applying effective instruction.

Infractions, as defined in the Education Department Policy Statement on Professional Misconduct (available in the Education Department office), will be treated seriously and may result in the termination of the practicum or internship.

Teacher Certification Requirements: Students meeting all the admission and degree requirements for graduating from a state-approved program are eligible for a 5-Year Professional Teaching Certificate. State regulations do change from time to time, and students majoring in education will be advised of these changes which may affect their eligibility for certification.

The Chair of the Education Department serves as the Director of Teacher Education at Flagler and is responsible for the administration and interpretation of College and State Department of Education policies relative to teacher preparation.

Graduates are required by State law to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) to receive a 5-Year Professional Level Teaching Certificate. Flagler College requires passing scores on the FTCE before students are assigned to their 16-week internship.

Students completing degree requirements must contact their advisor if they have questions related to teacher certification.

State Approved Program: The teacher education programs at Flagler are State Approved, which means the programs meet the standards prescribed by the Florida Department of Education. Therefore, Flagler graduates are eligible to be certified in Florida and in those states which participate in the Interstate Certification Agreement Compact.

General Education Requirements for Teacher Education Majors

General education requirements are listed on the “Degree Requirements Checklists” for each major. These “Checklists” are also available in the Education Department Office, located in Kenan Hall.

Specific requirements for elementary education and special education majors include

  • Twelve (12) semester hours in reading to include at least six (6) semester hours in understanding the reading process, beginning reading instruction, assessment, problem identification and prescription, instruction, and teaching reading across the content areas for primary and intermediate grades leading to a Reading endorsement.
  • Fifteen (15) semester hours of coursework or equivalent in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) which leads to an ESOL endorsement. The hours required address the 25 ESOL Performance Standards and the 5 ESOL areas specified in the certification rule for the ESOL endorsement. The ESOL requirement also applies to English Education majors.