Dec 09, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Department of Education


The Flagler College Education Department provides coursework, field experiences, and co-curricular activities designed to provide teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for the pursuit of rewarding careers as professional educators capable of delivering effective instruction to learners in a variety of school settings ranging from kindergarten to high school. Teacher candidates experience relevant and challenging programs of study focusing on evidence-based instructional strategies that can empower all learners, including those with special needs, to achieve the highest levels of educational success.



Flagler College's Teacher Education Program is state-approved by the Florida Department of Education, meaning that teacher candidates who meet all graduation requirements will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. To obtain certification, they must complete and submit an application package to the Florida Bureau of Educator Certification.

If there is interest in teaching in another state, in many cases, there is interstate reciprocity, which is an agreement between states to recognize the teaching credentials issued by each other, subject to meeting state-specific requirements. For authoritative information on interstate reciprocity, the licensing agency of the state in which there is a desire to teach should be contacted.

The Education Department offers majors in five program areas. These majors, the Florida certification levels, and the Program Coordinators are identified below.


Major: Elementary Education (EEL)

Certification: Elementary Education (grades K-6)

Program Coordinator: Dr. Sandra Davis


Major: Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (EDD) and Elementary Education (EEL)

Certification: Elementary Education (grades K-6) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing (grades K-12)

Program Coordinator: Dr. Michella Maiorana-Basas


Major: Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Elementary Education (EEL)

Certification: Elementary Education (grades K-6) and Exceptional Student Education (grades K-12)

Program Coordinator: Dr. Cheryl McCarthy


Major: Secondary Education—English (SEDEN)

Certification: English (grades 6-12)

Program Coordinator: Dr. Carl Williams


Major: Secondary Education—Mathematics (SEDMA)

Certification: Mathematics (grades 6-12)

Program Coordinator: Dr. Cheryl McCarthy




An essential requirement for graduation is passing all required FTCEs. These include the General Knowledge Test (GKT), the Professional Education Test (PEd), and one or two Subject Area Examinations (SAEs). Depending on their major, teacher candidates will take three or four FTCEs. These assessments are identified below.


Major: Elementary Education (EEL)

FTCEs: GKT, PEd, and SAE (Elementary Education K-6)


Major: Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (EDD) and Elementary Education (EEL)

FTCEs: GKT, PEd, SAE 1 (Elementary Education K-6), and SAE 2 (Deaf and Hard of Hearing K-12)


Major: Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Elementary Education (EEL)

FTCEs: GKT, PEd, SAE 1 (Elementary Education K-6), and SAE 2 (Exceptional Student Education K-12)


Major: Secondary Education—English (SEDEN)

FTCEs: GKT, PEd, and SAE (English 6-12)


Major: Secondary Education—Mathematics (SEDMA)

FTCEs: GKT, PEd, and SAE (Mathematics 6-12)


Information about the FTCEs (including registration, dates, sites, fees, tests, and resources) can be found at this site:



Requirements for Admission:

  • Attain a minimum GPA of 2.5, with no grade lower than C- in any required course.
  • Earn a passing score on all subtests of the FTCE General Knowledge Test
  • Complete EDU 321: General Methods of Instruction.


Time Frame for Admission

  • Transfer students with an AA degree (or at least 60 transferable credits) must meet requirements and apply for admission at the end of their first semester at Flagler College.
  • All other students must meet requirements and apply for admission prior to earning 60 credit hours.


An application for Admission must be submitted to gain acceptance to the department. Here is the link for the application to the Education Department:



Practicum experiences are a significant and meaningful component of teacher education at Flagler College. During these field experiences, teacher candidates will be placed in various schools and grade levels to spend time observing and interacting with K-12 teachers and their students. These valuable experiences contextualize the theories, concepts, and practices studied in their Education courses. These school visits are intended to provide a window into the reality of the daily lives of teachers, thereby preparing teacher candidates for their internships and, ultimately, their careers as professional educators. The number of practicum hours varies by major, ranging from 90 to 215. Therefore, it is important to consider practicum hours when planning course schedules.



Requirements for the semester immediately prior to the final semester of the student teaching internship include the following:

  • Admission to the Education Department
  • Enrollment in EDU 461: Professional Development II
  • Completion of all courses required for the major, with a grade of C- or higher
  • Passing scores on all FTCEs required for the major (See section on FTCEs) or proof of registration for any remaining FTCEs no later than two weeks before the registration period for the following semester
  • (For Deaf Education majors) A minimum score of 2.5 on the ASL-PI in order to intern in a program that uses ASL as the primary language of instruction



  • Admission to the Education Department
  • Approval of Internship Application
  • Enrollment in EDU 481 or EDD 481
  • Attendance at mandatory internship seminars
  • Successful completion of a Literacy Teacher Work Sample (LTWS) project (required of EEL, EDD, and ESE majors)
  • Successful completion of an Instructional Case Study (ICS) project (required of SEDEN and SEDMA majors)
  • Adherence to all expectations, policies, and procedures set forth in the Internship Manual.



A one-time internship fee, currently $300, is charged to interns for the semester during which they will complete their student teaching internship. The fee, in addition to the regular tuition, covers the cost of remuneration for mentor teachers, who will facilitate and supervise the student teaching experience.



The internship will be completed in the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) for part or all of the internship depending on the major. The intern's semester will begin on the first day that district teachers report to school in August or in January and will continue for a period of up to twenty weeks. Students should be prepared to begin the school year in which they will intern during the first week in August, as indicated by the SJCSD calendar, regardless of whether they intern in the fall or the spring of that school year.

Students who intern in the fall semester will attend the first two weeks of the school year (teacher pre-planning and the first week with students) and continue to intern for the rest of the SJCSD fall semester, giving the intern a total of twenty weeks in their internship (the first two weeks plus an additional eighteen).

Students who intern in the spring will attend the first two weeks of the school year (teacher pre-planning and the first week with students) during the school year in which they will intern. This will allow spring interns to experience learning how to set up a classroom and begin creating rules and rituals that will guide the class for that year. Every attempt will be made to have this pre-internship experience be with the same mentor teacher with whom the student will intern in the spring. When spring interns come back to campus from winter break, they will begin their internship when SJCSD teachers return from their break (usually within the first 7 days of the new year) and continue for eighteen weeks (not including spring break).

During the school year in which residential students intern, they should make arrangements with the Office of Residence Life to be on campus before the official start of the Flagler College semester, and they should expect to continue post-graduation.



Professional dispositions include the attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and nonverbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues, and communities. These positive behaviors support student learning and development. They include the principles of fairness and the belief that all students can learn. Evidence of positive professional dispositions includes, but is not limited to characteristics related to Impact, Professional Identity, Continuous Growth, Leadership, Advocacy, Collaboration, and Ethics. Dispositions are assessed indirectly based on teacher candidates' observable behavior in educational setting (Cato College of Education, 2014).


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