Chipola Teacher Education courses online and Saturdays

MARIANNA—The Chipola College School of Education is expanding course offerings to online and Saturday classes to accommodate students who need to work full-time while obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

With flexible scheduling, individualized advising, and small class sizes, the School of Education offers an affordable education in a local setting.

Admission requirements include: application for admission; 2.5 GPA; three letters of recommendation; and passing scores on the General Knowledge Florida Certification Exam.

For applicants who need review or individualized study sessions for the GK exam, the School of Education will arrange those.

The Chipola School of Education also offers an Educator Preparation Institute for anyone who has a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field and would like to obtain a professional teaching certificate.  Three of the EPI courses will be offered online during the fall semester, and the other two will be offered online during the spring semester. Applicants must present a current Status of Eligibility report from the Florida Department of Education.

In addition, Early Childhood courses are available for those who wish to be certified for work in a day care center.  Students may also earn an A.S. degree in Early Childhood.

Application deadline for the Fall Semester is Aug. 3. The deadline to apply for Federal Financial Aid to cover Fall tuition and fees is July 27.  Scholarships are available for all education degrees.  Financial aid also is available through the Chipola Foundation and through state and federal programs.

Chipola’s tuition is $115 per semester hour for upper division courses compared to $215 per hour at nearby universities. Chipola also offers in-state tuition for Alabama and Georgia residents.

Chipola offers seven different bachelor’s degrees in the teaching field: Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, English Education, Middle School Mathematics, Secondary Mathematics, Middle School Science and Secondary Science (Biology).  All education degrees have high placement rates with excellent re-hire rates for the second year. Chipola education graduates are teaching in nearly all of the 34 public schools in the college’s service area which includes: Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties.

For information, contact Dr. Pam Rentz, Dean of the School of Education, at rentzp@chipola.edu or 850-718-2416.