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The OWC Teacher Education Programs. Spring 2008. Becoming a Florida Teacher. Becoming a public school teacher in Florida requires two big steps: 1. Completing a teacher education baccalaureate degree or completing another baccalaureate degree and an Educator

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becoming a florida teacher
Becoming a Florida Teacher

Becoming a public school teacher in Florida

requires two big steps:

1. Completing a teacher education

baccalaureate degree or completing

another baccalaureate degree and an Educator

Preparation Institute

2. Obtaining Teacher Certification from the

Florida Department of Education, which includes

passing three exams: the General Knowledge,

Professional Education, and Subject Area tests.

The OWC Teacher Education Bachelor’s Degrees can prepare you to meet these requirements!

the owc programs
The OWC Programs
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Elementary Education with Reading and ESOL endorsements
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Middle Grades Math and Science
    • Math option
    • Science option
    • Math and Science option
what will the owc programs do for me
What Will The OWC Programs Do for Me?
  • Prepare you to become a classroom teacher
  • Prepare you for the non-teaching duties that surprise many new teachers
  • Prepare you for Florida’s Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE)
  • Prepare you for the job search
what are some program advantages
What are Some Program Advantages?

Opportunities to work with local education

professionals

Extensive coaching and feedback during student

teaching

Practical experience in all educator responsibilities—

paperwork, organization, school duties

Seminar to prepare for transition from preservice to

work

State-of-the-art OWC facilities

Teacher Education “workroom” with the same supplies the districts use

Review classes for Florida Teacher Certification Exams

what can i expect as a teacher education student
What Can I Expect as a Teacher Education Student?

The best possible preparation for the classroom!

  • Traditional classes taught in the classroom
  • Blended classes, with time in the classroom

and time in individual study

  • An extensive variety of field experiences prior

to student teaching

  • Simulations and practical experiences in the

OWC “Teacher Ed Work Room”

what schedule can i expect
What Schedule Can I Expect?
  • Day and night classes
  • Most classes on the Niceville

Campus; a few available on

the FWB Campus

  • Most classes offered either fall or spring; some available in summer
  • Field experiences will be during the day
  • A part-time or full-time schedule, except the final, student teaching term requires full-time commitment.
what are the admission requirements
What Are the Admission Requirements?
  • An A.A. degree or 60 hours of approved
  • college credit coursework
  • The required General Education courses

with a GPA of at least 2.5 in these courses

  • A grade of C or better in each of the

three Common Education prerequisites

(EDF 1005, EDG 2701, EME 2040)

are there other requirements
Are there Other Requirements?
  • Passing score on the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam

A passing score on (or exemption from) each section of the CLAST will allow students to be provisionally admitted for one semester; the student must complete the general knowledge test to continue in the program after the first semester

Agreement to undergo FBI and FDLE background checks, including fingerprinting

Students must also meet a foreign language requirement and pass all sections of the CLAST, preferably before admission. Students must, however, meet these requirements prior to graduation.

what if i m just starting my a a program
What if I’m Just Starting My A.A. Program?

Make an appointment with an OWC advisor who will help you make sure your program of study meets all Teacher Education program requirements.

what if i have 60 credit hours but no degree
What if I Have 60 Credit Hours But No Degree?

Meet with an advisor to make sure you have the required courses and other prerequisites for the program

Apply to the Teacher Education program

Take the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam ASAP

what if i have an a a but not the prerequisite courses
What if I have an A.A. But Not the Prerequisite Courses?

Take the three prerequisites as soon as possible:

EDF 1005, EDG 2701, EME 2040

Apply to the Teacher Education program

Take the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam ASAP

what if i already have an a a and the prerequisite courses
What if I Already Have an A.A. and the Prerequisite Courses?

Apply to the Teacher Education program

Take the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam ASAP

Review the admissions requirements to be sure you have the other prerequisites

what are the program costs
What are the Program Costs?
  • There are no application or admission fees to enroll at OWC
  • Current OWC baccalaureate tuition and fees are $74.74 per credit hour (about 67% of the cost at a university); fees may increase slightly based on 2008 legislative action
  • A one-time fee of $75.00 for e-portfolio software account, good for five years
  • Books and supplies will vary with each course; many textbooks will become career-long references for you
  • A $25 fee for the General Knowledge test is paid to the state at the time you register for the exam

OWC’s course fees are the

lowest in the state!

is financial aid available
Is Financial Aid Available?

Depending on eligibility, students may receive:

Federal Aid (Pell, Stafford loans, etc.)

Florida Bright Futures Scholarships

Florida Student Assistance Grant

OWC Foundation Scholarships

Veteran’s Education Benefits

Other federal programs such as the TEACH and

SMART grants may also be available

NOTE: Students should fill out the

FAFSA as soon as possible!

do i have what it takes to teach
Do I Have What It Takes to Teach?

Do you

  • like spending time with children?
  • value and seek to establish a positive,

respectful classroom environment?

  • appreciate individual differences,

experiences, cultures and community

norms?

  • aspire to plan effective

instruction for tomorrow’s

students?

  • have the courage to make

tough decisions

about a child’s future?

do i have what it takes to teach1
Do I Have What It Takes to Teach?

Are you

  • comfortable working in a

collaborative, team-

oriented workplace?

  • eager to complete rigorous and supportive

coursework and school-based experiences?

  • willing to polish your written and oral

communication skills ?

  • ready to learn to use technology effectively?
  • willing to behave professionally in every way--

adhering to ethical and legal responsibilities and

maintaining confidentiality?

why should i choose the owc program
Why Should I Choose the OWC Program?

OWC’s record of student success is second to none!

OWC’s Teacher Education faculty members bring offer successful K-12 teaching experience.

OWC offers the same

access to baccalaureate

teacher education as a

university, but at lower

cost and with

individualized attention

and student support