Eastern Florida State College Launches Two New Bachelor’s Degrees to Address BPS Teacher Shortage
two new programs will start in the next spring term starting in January 2023
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FL – Eastern Florida State College is launching two new bachelor’s degree specializations in education to help address the shortage of grade 5-12 science teachers in Brevard public schools.
Last year, Eastern Florida State College launched its undergraduate education program in conjunction with BPS by offering the first Biology Teacher Specialization for grades 6 through 12 as part of the Bachelor of Science in science teacher training.
Both new programs will begin in the next spring term which begins in January 2023. Interested students should apply by the November 7 priority deadline.
Both programs are tracks of the Bachelor of Science in Science Teacher Education:
■ BS Specialization Chemistry Teacher, grades 6-12
■ Middle School Science Teacher BS Specialization, Grades 5-9
The three training tracks are the result of a close partnership between the college and BPS to create a constant flow of new teachers to replace a growing number of people retiring or leaving the profession.
Across the district, BPS officials say they need new science teachers every year.
“Historically, Brevard Public School students have outperformed other Florida students in science. This is largely due to our experienced educators bringing their expertise to our students,” said Russell Bruhn, BPS Director of Strategic Communications, Government and Community Relations.
“To maintain our scientific success, we must recruit and retain the best and brightest educators. We are always looking for new ways to recruit new teachers into the BPS and these new EFSC programs will help us immensely. »
Dr. Jim Richey, EFSC President, said the study tracks are another example of how the college is addressing local workforce needs with programs in a variety of fields, including healthcare. health, high technology and advanced manufacturing.
“The college and BPS work hand in hand to provide high quality education on the Space Coast. The two new education degree choices are very important and we believe will make a real difference in BPS classrooms,” said Richey.
Coursework for all three science education specializations includes an internship and other hands-on teaching opportunities in middle school or high school classrooms, which require passing a BPS background check.
Applicants must meet several requirements as part of the admissions process. They understand:
■ Earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited college and completed all required general education courses and common curriculum prerequisites.
■ Have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4-point scale, as indicated on the official transcript.
CLICK HERE for a full list of requirements and steps to apply for the Science Teacher Education Diploma. The two new programs bring to 27 the total number of undergraduate courses offered at the EFSC. The other specializations relate to commerce, health and computer technologies.
Prospective students can learn more about all of Eastern Florida State College’s bachelor’s degrees at the college’s Bachelor Expo on Thursday, October 27 from 4-7 p.m. on the Melbourne campus.
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