Department of Elementary Education

Get the training and experience that will certify you to teach grades K-6 in the state of Florida.

The major purpose of the elementary education program is to provide carefully planned experiences that will result in the development of competent teachers for the schools of Florida and the nation. Our one-of-a-kind Elementary Education Curriculum is organized to provide approximately two years of general education. The last two years consist of professional and specialized preparation.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher for the general education component of undergraduate studies; or have completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 or higher
  • Have a FAMU cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher
  • Met all Gordon Rule requirements
  • Have a grade of “C” or better in the required courses taken as part of the General Education Preparation Program
  • Have successfully completed a pre-admission interview by the College of Education Admissions Committee
  • Have successfully passed a criminal background investigation.
Pre-Service Teacher in the Classroom
Pre-Service Teacher in the Classroom

Welcome to the Department of Elementary Education

PreK Elementary Education Degree Program offers two tracks: Elementary Education with ESOL and Reading Endorsement and PreK Primary Education with ESOL and Reading Endorsement. It also offers stand-alone PreK Disability Endorsement.

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Elementary Education Curriculum

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ESOL Endorsement Program

"Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
Malcolm Forbes
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Graduation Requirements

  • Admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program
  • Completion of all course work with the required cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Completion of student teaching experience (internship)
  • Completion of a portfolio which documents mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs)
  • Pass General Knowledge Tests and all subtests of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)
  • External evaluation of satisfactory teaching ability
  • Internal evaluation of satisfactory teaching ability

Required Coursework

  • 9 hrs. of English to include writing, literature and speech
  • 9 hrs. of mathematics to include college algebra or above and geometry
  • 9 hrs. of science to include earth science, life science and physical science with minimum of one associated laboratory
  • 12 hrs. of social sciences to include American History and General Psychology
  • 6 hrs. of humanities to include Philosophy and Fine Arts
  • 3 hrs. of Pre-Teacher Education course (EDF 1005)
  • 6 credit hours of ESOL (TSL 3080 and TSL 4332)
  • 9 credit hours of Reading (RED 3013, RED 4519 and RED 4800)
  • 30 hrs. of Professional Education courses
  • 30 hrs. of Content Area courses with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • 6 credit hours of student teaching (internship)

 

Prek Primary Education Program and Elementary Education Program Curriculum Map

Bachelor Science Degree in PreK Elementary Education offers two majors: Pre-K Primary Education with ESOL and Reading Endorsement and Elementary Education K-3 with ESOL and Reading Endorsement.

The elementary education program provides carefully planned experiences that will develop competent teachers for the schools of Florida and the nation
The elementary education program provides carefully planned experiences that will develop competent teachers for the schools of Florida and the nation
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The College of Education can be considered the cornerstone college of Florida A&M University. It was the first and only college, department, or major within the University at its inception in 1887. We are the top producer of African American teachers in the state and the nation. Elementary Education was ranked the No. 1  elementary education program in the State of Florida in 2019.

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We're thrilled that you are applying for PreK Elementary Education program at Florida A&M University College of Education. Our teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). We are particularly happy that you are committed to teacher education and joining the force of helping kids to learn and grow in a positive way.

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Name Email Phone
Dr. Mary Newell mary.newell@famu.edu (850) 599-3397
Dr. Peggy Auman peggy.auman@famu.edu (850) 412-6650
Dr. Rebecca Blankenship rebecca.blankenship@famu.edu (850) 599-3749
Dr. Cheron Davis cheron.davis@famu.edu (850) 412-5330
Dr. Patty Ball Thomas patty.thomas@famu.edu (850) 599-3170