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Bachelor's Degrees


BS in Art Education: Grades K-12

Program Leader: David Y. Chang
E-mail: changd@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-3393

Brief Description of the Program:

The BS in Art Education degree program is designed to train professionals to teach art/art history, aesthetics and criticism in a school or studio settings. The program emphasizes the blending of research and theory with rigorous studio experience, and considers the urban, multicultural nature of the university community, as well as more general national trends within the discipline. The program involves extensive fieldwork with supervision and seminars. All students are encouraged to pursue specialized interests and needs. This degree program utilizes a
competency-based and field-centered training model and leads to eligibility for Florida Teaching Certificate in grades K-12. The program is in accordance with and follows the recommendations of both the National Visual Arts Standards and the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Successful completion of 60 credit hours of lower-division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution;
  • A passing score on all sections of the the General Knowledge Exam (GK);
  • Must meet the following lower division requirements:
    • Complete University Core Curriculum (UCC) and College of Education Prerequisites
    • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses (See below)
Course:   Credit Hours:
LOWER DIVISION PREREQUISITE
ART 1201C 2 Dimensional Design 3
ART 1203C 3 Dimensional Design 3
ART 2300C Drawing I 3
ART 2301C Drawing II 3
ARH 2050 Art History Survey I 3
ARH 2051 Art History Survey II 3
ART XXXX Studio Elective 6
EDF 1005 Introduction to Education 3
EDG 2701 Teaching Diverse Populations 3
EME 2040 Intro. to Ed. Technology 3
  Total 33

Program Requirements:

  • Total credits:135
    • Lower-division credits: 60
    • Upper-division: 75
  • Students may register for a maximum of 15 credits prior to admission to the program;
  • TSL 4340 is not offered in the summer term;
  • All courses must be taken prior to student teaching.

Course:

 

Credit Hours:

 Education:
EDP 3004 Educational Psychology
3
EDG 3321 Gen. Instr. Decision Making
3
EDF 3251 Classroom Management
3
EDF 3430 Measurement and Evaluation
3
EEX 3070 Teach. Students with Except.
3
EDF 4604 Cult. and Soc. Found. of Ed.
3
RED 4325 Subject Area Reading
3
TSL 4340 or
TSL 4324
ESOL Methods for Grades K-12
3
  Total 24
ART/ART HISTORY/ART EDUCATION:

ARH 4470

Contemporary Art

3

ARH XXXX

Art History Elective

3

ART 3331C

Figure Drawing

3

ART 3504C

Painting

3

ART 3702C

Sculpture

3

PGY 3410C

Photography

3

ART 3760C

Ceramics

3

ART 4XXX Approved Elective or ARE 4XXX 3
ARE 4XXX Approved Elective or Study Abroad 12
ARE 4316 Sp. Tchg. Lab Art K-5 (Fall) 3
ARE 4341 Sp. Tchg. Lab Art 6-12 (Fall) 3
ARE 4940 Student Teaching (Spring) 9
  Total 51

The following tests must be passed prior to graduation:

  • Generial Knowledge
  • Professional Education
  • Subject Area

IMPORTANT: Students must be enrolled every year in order to remain admitted and complete the bachelor’s program. ARE 4341 must be taken before ARE 4940.Students must apply for student teaching prior to July 1st for the following Spring. Students must apply for graduation one (1) semester prior to graduation.

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Program Leader: Angela K. Salmon
E-mail: salmona@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-3211

Brief Description of the Program:

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with ESOL Endorsement is an initial teacher preparation program designed to train future teachers of students from preK-3 to grade 3. The program is designed to provide students with general knowledge of teaching and pedagogical practices, as well as specific knowledge relevant to working in the early childhood education field.

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution;
  • A passing score on all sections of the CLAST exam. Students who are exempt from all sections of the CLAST and are majoring in teacher preparation programs may substitute the General Knowledge Exam (GK) for the CLAST;
  • Must meet the following lower division requirements:
    • University Core/General Education;
    • Foreign language;
    • EDF 1005: Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDG 2701: Teaching Diverse Populations (3 credits)
    • EME 2040: Introduction to Educational Technology (3 credits)
    • In addition to EDG 2701, students must take 6 additional semester hours with an international or diversity focus. For example, at FIU, these types of courses can be found under the Societies and Identities category of the University Core Curriculum List.

Program Requirements:

  • Total Credits: 126
  • Lower division credits: 60
    Upper division credits: 66
  • Students may register for a maximum of 15 credits prior to admission to the program;

Course:

 

Credit Hours:

Foundations (12 hours)

EDP 3004

Educational Psychology        

3

EDG 3321

General Instruction Decision Making

3

EDF 3251

Classroom Management       

3

EDF 4604

Cultural/Social Foundations of Education

3

Teaching Methods and Curriculum (24 hours)

ARE 3313

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Art (ECE)

3

MAE 4310

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics*

3

SCE 4310

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Science*

3

EEX 3070

Teaching Students with
Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings

3

EEX 3231C

Assessment of Young Children with Exceptionalities

3

HLP 3722

Content and Methods of Teaching
Elem Health, PE (ECE)

3

SSE 4118

EEC Social Studies

3

EEC 4204

Early Childhood Programs and Curriculum

3

Language & Literacy (12 hours)

LAE 4405

Children's Literature

3

RED 3313

Language and Literacy Development

3

RED 4100

Emergent Literacy

3

RED 4150

Content and Methods of Teaching
Beginning Literacy

3

TESOL (6 hours)

TSL 3080

ESOL Issues: Principles & Practices I

3

TSL 4081

ESOL Issues: Principles & Practices II

3

Student Teaching/Internship (12 hours)

EEC 4943

Student Teaching Internship

9

EEC 4936

Senior Seminar

3

*All courses marked with asterisks have a co-requisite of 20 hours of field work distributed throughout the term. Other courses may also have field requirements.

*These courses must be taken in the following sequence: RED 3313, RED 4100, RED 4150.

*TSL 3080 is a prerequisite for TSL 4081. These courses are not offered in summer terms.
All courses must be taken prior to student teaching courses EDE 4943, EDE 4936.

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Program Leader: Charles Bleiker
E-mail: bleikerc@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2524

Brief Description of the Program:

The Early Childhood Development Track focuses on understanding of learning and development during the early childhood years. Students will learn about the cognitive, language, and social/emotional development of young children within the context of family and community studies. Students will also learn about general and early education practices and curricula. (NOTE: This track does not result in a teacher certification.)

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution;
  • A passing score on all sections of the CLAST exam. Students who are exempt from all sections of the CLAST and are majoring in teacher preparation programs may substitute the General Knowledge Exam (GK) for the CLAST;
  • Must meet the following lower division requirements:
    • University Core/General Education;
    • Foreign language;
    • EDF 1005: Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDG 2701: Teaching Diverse Populations (3 credits)
    • EME 2040: Introduction to Educational Technology (3 credits)
    • In addition to EDG 2701, students must take 6 additional semester hours with an international or diversity focus. For example, at FIU, these types of courses can be found under the Societies and Identities category of the University Core Curriculum List.

Program Requirements:

  • Total Credits: 129
    Lower division credits: 60
    Upper division credits: 69
  • Students may register for a maximum of 15 credits prior to admission to the program;
  • These courses must be taken in the following sequence: RED 3313, RED 4150, RED 4311, and RED 4110;
  • TSL 3080 is a prerequisite for TSL 4081. TSL courses are not offered in the summer term;
  • All courses must be taken prior to student teaching.

Course:

 

Credit Hours:

A. Professional Education Courses: (30 hours)

1. Foundations (12 hours)

EDP 3004

Educational Psychology        

3

EDG 3321

General Instruction Decision Making

3

EDF 3251

Classroom Management       

3

EDF 4604

Cultural/Social Foundations of Education

3

2. Teaching Methods and Curriculum (min 9 hours) Choose three (3) advisor-approved teaching methods and curriculum courses, such as

RED 3313

Language and Literacy Development*

3

EEX 3070

Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings

3

HLP 3722 Content and Methods of Teaching Elem Health and Physical Education

3

MAE 4310

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Math

3

SCE 4310

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Science

3

TSL 3080 ESOL Principles and Practices

3

3. Early Childhood Education (min 9 hours) Select three (3) advisor-approved early childhood education courses, such as

EEC 3204 Issues in Early Childhood Education

3

EEC 4005 Early Childhood Educational Programs

3

EEC 4204 Early Childhood Curriculum

3

LAE 4405 Children’s Literature

3

B. Early Development Courses (21 hours)

1. Child Development (min 9 hours)

EDP 3273

Child Development

3

Select two additional advisor-approved child development courses, such as

EDP 4274

Early Social and Emotional Development

3

EDP 4275

Assessment, Evaluation, and Diagnosis of the Young Child

3

2. Family & Community Studies (min 6 hours) Select two (2) advisor-approved courses in family and community studies, such as

EEC 3400

Family Literacy and the Young Child

3

EEC 3403

Special Needs of Children and their Families

3

EEC 3408

Community and the Young Child

3

3. Literacy/Language/Reading Development (min 6 hours) Select two (2) advisor-approved literacy/language/reading development courses, such as

RED 3313

Language and Literacy Development

3

RED 4100

Emergent Literacy

3

RED 4150

Teaching Beginning Literacy

3

C. Elective Courses: (9 hours) Select up to three (3) advisor-approved elective courses in the area of early childhood learning and development. Elective courses may be used to take additional courses in any of the areas listed above.

* Indicates prerequisite requirement. See current FIU Undergraduate Catalog or current Elementary Education advising sheet.

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BS in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6 & ESOL Endorsement)

Program Leader: Maria Tsalikis
E-mail: Lynne.Miller@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2778

Brief Description of the Program:

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education provides the professional preparation necessary to teach grades K through 6, as well as the coursework necessary to earn the TESOL endorsement. State of Florida certification requirements are met through coursework, field experiences, and student teaching.

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution;
  • A passing score on all sections of the General Knowledge (GK) Exam.
  • Must meet the following lower division requirements:
    • University Core/General Education;
    • Foreign language;
    • EDF 1005: Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDG 2701: Teaching Diverse Populations (3 credits)
    • EME 2040: Introduction to Educational Technology (3 credits)
    • In addition to EDG 2701, students must take 6 additional semester hours with an international or diversity focus. For example, at FIU, these types of courses can be found under the Societies and Identities category of the University Core Curriculum List.

Program Requirements:

  • Total Credits: 129
    Lower division credits: 60
    Upper division credits: 69
  • Students may register for a maximum of 15 credits prior to admission to the program;
  • These courses must be taken in the following sequence: RED 3313, RED 4150, RED 4311, and RED 4110;
  • These science courses must be taken in the following sequence: SCE 4310 then SCE 4311.
  • These mathematics classes must be taken in the following sequence: MAE 4310 then MAE 4312.
  • TSL 3080 is a prerequisite for TSL 4081. Generally, TSL courses are not offered in the summer term;
  • All courses must be taken prior to student teaching.
  • Minimum acceptable grade is "C"

Course:

 

Credit Hours:

EDP 3004

Educational Psychology

3

EDG 3321

General Instruction Decision Making

3

RED 3313

Language and Literacy Development*

3

EEX 3070

Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in Inclusive Settings

3

EDF 3251

Classroom Management

3

TSL 3080

ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I*

3

SCE 4310

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Science*

3

SCE 4311

Advanced Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Science*

3

RED 4150

Content and Methods of Teaching Beginning Literacy*

3

ARE 3313

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Art*

3

MAE 4310

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics*

3

MAE 4312

Advanced Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics*

3

HLP 3722

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Health and PE*

3

RED 4311

Intermediate Literacy*

3

EDF 4604

Cultural/Social Foundations of Education

3

TSL 4081

ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices II*

3

SSE 4312

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies*

3

RED 4110

Content and Methods of Teaching Literacy in Schools**

3

MUE 3210

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Music*

3

The following two courses must be taken together in the final semester of classes. The courses above are all prerequisites for these two courses:

EDE 4936

Senior Seminar in Elementary Education

3

EDE 4943

Student Teaching Internship

9

*All courses marked with asterisks have a co-requisite of 20 hours of field work distributed throughout the term. Other courses may also have field requirements.

These courses must be taken in the following sequence: RED 3313, RED 4100, RED 4150. RED 4110 meets in selected schools.

*TSL 3080 is a prerequisite for TSL 4081. Generally, these courses are not offered in summer terms.
All courses must be taken prior to student teaching courses EDE 4943, EDE 4936.

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Program Leader: Eva Frank, MS, ATC, LAT
E-mail: efrank@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-6153

Brief Description of the Program:

This program is designed for individuals who wish to become certified to teach physical education in the elementary and middle, and secondary schools. Upon successful completion of the program and the requirements specified by the Florida Department of Education, degree recipients are eligible for regular teacher certification in the State of Florida.

College of Education Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution;
  • A passing score on all sections of the CLAST exam. Students who are exempt from all sections of the CLAST and are majoring in teacher preparation programs may substitute the General Knowledge Exam (GK) for the CLAST;
  • Must meet the following lower division requirements:
    • University Core/General Education;
    • Foreign language;
    • EDF 1005: Introduction to Education *
    • EDF 2084: Teaching Diverse Populations *
    • EME 2040: Introduction to Educational Technology
    • *Require field experience of 15 clock hours outside of class time.
    • In addition to EDF 2084, students must take 6 additional semester hours with an international or diversity focus. For example, at FIU, these types of courses can be found under the Societies and Identities category of the University Core Curriculum List.

Physical Education K-12 Program Prerequisites: Lower Division

Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 3-4
Skills and Practices Courses in Physical Activities 4-5
Conditioning, Fitness and Wellness 3

  • Total Credits: 126
    • Lower division credits: 60
    • Upper division credits: 67

Course:

 

Credit Hours:

College of Education Admission Requirements

EDF 1005 *

Introduction to Education *

3

EDG 2084 *

Teaching Diverse Populations *

3

EME 2040

Introduction to Educational Technology

3

*Require field experience of 15 clock hours outside of class time.
In addition to EDF 2084, students must take 6 additional semester hours with an international or diversity focus. For example, at FIU, these types of courses can be found under the Societies and Identities category of the University Core Curriculum List.

PE K-12 Program Prerequisites: Lower Division

PET 3325 C&L or BSC #085 C&L

Anatomy and Physiology with Lab

3-4

PEL 1441 and PEL 2321

Skills and Practice Courses in Physical Activity

4

PEM 2101

Conditioning, Fitness and Wellness

3

Upper Division Program: (Total: 67 credit hours)

Professional Education: (18)

EDP 3004

Educational Psychology

3

EDG 3321

General Instructional Decision Making

3

RED 4325 *

Subject Area Reading *

3

TSL 4324 *

ESOL Issues & Strategies for Content Teachers *

3

EDF 3251

Classroom Management

3

EDF 4604

Cultural and Social Foundations of Education

3

*Requires field experience of 5 - 15 clock hours outside of class time.

Subject Matter Specialization: (37)

PET 3310

Kinesiology

3

PET 3351

Exercise Physiology

3

PET 3640 *

Adapted Physical Education *

3

PEO 4004

Principles and Practices of Coaching

3

PET 4050 *

Motor Learning and Development *

4

PEP 4102

Applied Concepts of Fitness and Health

3

PET 4442 *

PE in the Secondary School *

3

PET 4401

Administration of PE & Sport

3

PET 4510

Evaluations in PE

3

PET 4622

Athletic Injuries

3

DAE 3300

Dance in Elementary Schools

3

HLP 3722 *

Teaching Elementary Health & PE

3

*Requires field experience of 5 - 15 clock hours outside of class time.

  Special Methods and Student Teaching: (12)

PET 4929

Student Teaching Seminar

3

PET 4945/4944/4945

Student Teaching Grades 6-12

9

Applications for student teaching are due in the office of the Director of Student Teaching by July 1 for Spring semester placement, and by February 1 for Fall semester placement.

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Program Director: Eva Frank, MS, LAT, ATC
E-mail: efrank@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-6153

Brief Description of the Program:

The undergraduate sport and fitness studies track prepares individuals for positions in physical activity and fitness settings. These areas typically include but are not limited to coaching, directing fitness activities, administering youth and senior activity programs, and serving special needs populations. The core program emphasizes the development of the knowledge, skills and dispositions of students to succeed in physical activity and exercise settings that are non-school based. Program electives allow students to pursue and develop areas of interest. (NOTE: This track does not result in a teacher certification.)

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Successful completion of 60 credit hours of lower-division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution.

Program Requirements:

Upper division credits: 60 (or 61)

 

Credit Hours:

Required Core Courses 48 (or 49) credits:

PEM 4103

Advanced Personal Training

3

PEO 4004

Principles & Practices of Coaching

3

PEP 4102

Applied Concepts of Fitness & Health

3

PET 3020

Foundations of Physical Education

3

PET 3640

Adapted Physical Education

3

PET 3310

Kinesiology

3

PET 3351

Exercise Physiology

3

PET 4050

PET 4207

Motor Learning & Development OR

Considerations in Youth Sports

4

3

PET 4214

Sport Psychology

3

PET 4251

Sociology of Sport

3

PET 4401

Administration of Sport

3

PET 4622

Athletic Injuries

3

CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP

Can only be taken after completing all coursework (program and electives). Please see Program Director two (2) semesters prior to completing internship to ensure placement.

PET 4929

Senior Seminar in PE

3

PET 4946

Sports & Fitness Internship

9

Advisor approved electives: (12 credits) - 3000/4000 level courses.

All electives must be approved by an advisor prior to enrollment. Please see Program Director for clarification.

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BS in Special Education: Exceptional Student Education and ESOL Endorsement

Program Leader: Elizabeth Cramer
E-mail: cramere@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2425

Brief Description of the Program:

The undergraduate special education, exceptional student education (ESE) program utilizes a field-centered preparation model leading to approval for State of Florida Certification in Exceptional Student Education with ESOL Endorsement. The special education, exceptional student education (ESE) program recognizes that students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education, that all students are to be educated in the least restrictive yet most enabling environment and are to access the general education curriculum the greatest extent possible. Special educators also provide services to preschool children and adults.
Given this context, the undergraduate ESE program emphasizes the development of the following competencies to be demonstrated in both the University and field settings:

  1. Identifying and accessing students with exceptionalities.
  2. Implementing appropriate individual educational plans to meet student needs.
  3. Delivering appropriate instruction for children with exceptionalities in the least restrictive environment.
  4. Managing classroom behavior.
  5. Planning for inclusion and collaboration with parents and other education personnel.
  6. Working with students with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Diagnostic-prescriptive teaching and management skills are to be demonstrated with students with mild disabilities who range in age from infancy to adulthood, and who represent multicultural, multilingual backgrounds. The Florida Education of Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) competencies are met throughout program coursework.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution;
  • A passing score on all sections of the CLAST exam. Students who are exempt from all sections of the CLAST and are majoring in teacher preparation programs may substitute the General Knowledge Exam (GK) for the CLAST;
  • Must meet the following lower division requirements:
    • University Core/General Education;
    • Foreign language;
    • EDF 1005: Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDF 2085: Teaching Diverse Populations (3 credits)
    • EME 2040: Introduction to Educational Technology (3 credits)
    • In addition to EDF 2085, students must take 6 additional semester hours with an international or diversity focus. For example, at FIU, these types of courses can be found under the Societies and Identities category of the University Core Curriculum List.

Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements include successful demonstration of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, GPA 2.5 or above and passing scores on all three sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.

Program Requirements:

  • Total Credits: 127
    • Lower division credits: 60
    • Upper division credits: 67

Course:

 

Credit Hours:

  Subject Matter Specialization:

EEX 3070

Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings

3

SPA 3000

Acquisition of Speech and Language Skills

3

TSL 3080

ESOL Principles and Practices I

3

EEX 3764

Instructional and Assistive Technology in Special Education

3

EEX 3221

Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities

3

EEX 4601

Behavioral Approaches to Learning and Classroom Management

3

RED 4150

Teaching Primary Literacy

3

MAE 4310

Teaching Elementary Math

3

RED 4311 Content and Methods of Teaching Intermediate Literacy

3

SSE 4312

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies*

3

SCE 4310

Content and Methods of Teaching Elementary Science*

3

EEX 4240

Literacy in Special Education

3

TSL 4081

ESOL Principles and Practices II

3

EEX 3066

Instructional Practices in ESE I

3

EEX 4067

Instructional Practices in ESE II

3

EEX 4833

Supervised Practicum in Special Education

1

  Professional Education:

EDP 3004

Educational Psychology

3

EDG 3321

General Instructional Decision Making

3

EDF 4604

Cultural and Social Foundations of Education

3

  Special Methods and Student Teaching:

EEX 4936

Student Teaching Seminar

3

EEX 4861

Student Teaching

9

Note: The following courses within the undergraduate program require a total of 10 to 20 hours of field placement per semester during school hours. EEX 3070, RED 4150, RED 4325, MAE 4310, SCE 4310, SSE 4312, TSL 3080, and TSL 4081. In addition the semester prior to student teaching along with class attendance at the University, students must take EEX 4833 which requires 120 hours of field placement (20 hours per week for 6 weeks or 15 hours for 8 weeks. EEX 4861, student teaching, required full-time placement in the field. Permission to student teach is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all requirements specified in the program. Applications to student teaching must be filed in the Office of Field Experiences by the date indicated in the student teaching office preceding the Student Teaching semester: March 1st for fall placement and July 1st for spring placements. Please confirm this due date with your advisor. The due date is subject to change.

All stated admission requirements are to be considered minimal. A student who meets these minimum requirements is not automatically assured admission. Program admission requirements are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the student to assure that he/she has met the requirements.

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Program Leader: Dr. Hyejin Bang
E-mail: bangh@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-1411

Realtors say it best: "Location, location, location..." National parks, professional and competitive collegiate sports teams, the Florida Keys and the third largest county park system in the United States are all a hop, skip, and a jump away from Florida International University (FIU). Throw in South Florida's beautiful, tropical and sunny climate... and FIU's Recreation and Sport Management programs are unlike any other.

FIU is Miami's first and only four-year public research university. With a student body of more than 44,000, we're one of the 25 largest universities in the Nation. Whether you wish to serve as a park director, intramural sports and special-event coordinator, public relations specialist, media coordinator, sport marketing executive, athletic director, recreation programmer, recreational therapist or a number of other possible professions... the opportunities are endless for the aspiring Recreation and Sport Management major in South Florida.

South Florida boasts four national parks, including the Everglades. The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is home to many endangered species, 366 species of birds, and some of the most serene and breathtaking natural sights in the country. Close to the Everglades is Big Cypress National Preserve, which is home to the Florida panther and allows visitors to canoe, kayak, and hike. Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park offer opportunities to explore underwater and marine life.

Miami is definitely not lacking in entertainment for sport enthusiasts. The Miami Dolphins (NFL), Florida Marlins (MLB), Florida Panthers (NHL), the Miami HEAT (NBA) and Fort Lauderdale Strikers (Soccer) provide year-round opportunities to not only see, but also intern with, some of the best teams in professional sports. FIU athletics sponsors 15 teams who compete at the NCAA Division I level, the Nation's most competitive college sports division. The program is reaching new heights as the football team won its first ever bowl championship in 2010, the baseball team emerged as the 2009 Sun Belt Tournament champion, the softball team secured its first ever post-season win by advancing to the NCAA Regional Championship in 2010, the women's soccer team earned the Sun Belt Conference regular season championship in 2009 and the volleyball team notched back-to-back conference regular season titles in 2008 and 2009.

The Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department is a three-time National Gold Medal Award winner (AAPRA and NRPA) that is comprised of 263 parks and nearly 13,000 acres of land. It is also home to the Sony Ericsson Open and offers a number of golf courses, beaches, campgrounds, and pools. Internships are also available with the Orange Bowl, Miami Sports Commission, Broward County Parks and Recreation, more than 50 municipal parks and recreation departments, and Homestead Miami Speedway.

Just a little further south awaits the Florida Keys, which offers endless outdoor adventure. While the area is most known for snorkeling, scuba diving, coral reef exploration, fishing, parasailing, and kayaking, there are also nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries for land-loving recreation seekers.

Degree Program Hours: 120

The Recreation and Sport Management undergraduate curriculum offers professional preparation programs designed to prepare students for employment in park, recreation, sport or recreational therapy delivery systems. The program is oriented toward direct services, supervisory, and management employment opportunities. A student may elect to gain competencies in the following subplan areas:

Lower Division Preparation

To qualify for admission into the program, students must meet all published admission requirements, which include: program prerequisites, General Education/Gordon Rule, GPA, and CLAST. Students who do not meet the College admission requirements may request a formal review by: (a) writing an admission appeal letter to the Department requesting a review of the applicant's records and indicating the reason(s) special consideration should be granted to the applicant; (b) forwarding three letters of recommendation; and (c) participating in a formal interview with departmental/program faculty or representatives.

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Program Leader: Dr. Hyejin Bang
E-mail: bangh@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-1411

Brief Description of the Program

The Recreation and Sport Management undergraduate curriculum offers professional preparation programs designed to prepare students for employment throughout the leisure service delivery system. The program is oriented towards direct services, supervisory, and management employment opportunities. A student may elect to gain competencies in the subplan area of Parks Management.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the program, students must meet all published admission requirements which include: program prerequisites, General Education/Gordon Rule, GPA, and CLAST. Students who do not meet the College admission requirements may request a formal review by: (a) writing an admission appeal letter to the Department requesting a review of the applicant's records and indicating the reason(s) special consideration should be granted to the applicant; (b) forwarding three letters of recommendation; and (c) participating in a formal interview with departmental/program faculty or representatives.

Required Prerequisites:
  • DEP 2000 - Human Growth and Development: Introductory Developmental Psychology (3)
Required Core Courses: (33)
  • LEI 3001 - Leisure and Recreation in America (3)
  • LEI 3707 - Inclusive Recreation Services (3)
  • LEI 3542 - Principles of Parks, Recreation and Sport Management (3)
  • LEI 3800 - Liability and Law in Leisure, Recreation and Sports (3)

  • ACG 3024 -Financial Accounting for Managers (3)
  • or
  • PAD 4223 - Public Sector Budgeting (3)

  • LEI 4940 - Internship * (9) (Internship Manual, PDF)
  • LEI 4941 - Internship II (9)
Parks Management Subplan Courses : (27)
  • LEI 3402 - Program Development in Recreation and Sport (3)
  • LEI 3630 - Care, Maintenance and Design (3)
  • Two Environmental Science Courses and Lab** (6-8)
  • Two Environmental Social Science Courses** (6)
  • Two Environmental Electives** (6)
  • Advisor approved elective (3)

* Student may opt to do a minor in place of first internship
** The above six courses qualify for an Environmental Studies Certificate.

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Program Leader: Dr. Hyejin Bang
E-mail: bangh@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-1411

Brief Description of the Program

The Recreation and Sport Management undergraduate curriculum offers professional preparation programs designed to prepare students for employment throughout the leisure service delivery system. The program is oriented towards direct services, supervisory, and management employment opportunities. A student may elect to gain competencies in the subplan area of Recreation and Sport Management.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the program, students must meet all published admission requirements which include: program prerequisites, General Education/Gordon Rule, GPA, and CLAST. Students who do not meet the College admission requirements may request a formal review by: (a) writing an admission appeal letter to the Department requesting a review of the applicant's records and indicating the reason(s) special consideration should be granted to the applicant; (b) forwarding three letters of recommendation; and (c) participating in a formal interview with departmental/program faculty or representatives.

Required Prerequisites:
  • DEP 2000 - Human Growth and Development: Introductory Developmental Psychology (3)
Required Core Courses: (33)
  • LEI 3001 - Leisure and Recreation in America (3)
  • LEI 3707 - Inclusive Recreation Services (3)
  • LEI 3542 - Principles of Parks, Recreation and Sport Management (3)
  • LEI 3800 - Liability and Law in Leisure, Recreation and Sports (3)

  • ACG 3024 -Financial Accounting for Managers (3)
  • or
  • PAD 4223 - Public Sector Budgeting (3)

  • LEI 4940 - Internship * (9) (Internship Manual, PDF)
  • LEI 4941 - Internship II (9)
Recreation & Sport Management Track: (27)
  • LEI 3402 - Prog. Develop. in Recreation & Sport
  • LEI 3524 - Human Res. Mgt. In PRS
  • LEI 3630 - Care Maintenance and Design
  • LEI 4560 - Leisure Services Marketing
  • LEI 4590 - Seminar in PRS (Graduating Seniors only)
  • MAR 3023 - Marketing Management
  • PET 4251 - Sociology of Sport
  • Advisor Approved electives (6 hours)
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Program Leader: Alexis McKenney
E-mail: mckenney@fiu.edu
Phone: (305) 348-3905
More Information: FIU Recreational Therapy Program Site

Brief Description of the Program

The Recreation and Sport Management undergraduate curriculum offers professional preparation programs designed to prepare students for employment throughout the leisure service delivery system. The program is oriented towards direct services, supervisory, and management employment opportunities. A student may elect to gain competencies in the subplan area of Recreation and Sport Management.

Admission Requirements
  • A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution
Must meet the following lower division requirements:
University Core/General Education
Foreign language

Degree Program Hours: (120) - Advising Sheet (PDF)

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Human Anatomy (MDC BSC 2085; FIU PET 3325; ZOO 3731)
  • Human Anatomy LAB
  • Human Growth & Development

Semester One:

  • LEI 3707 - Inclusive Recreation Services
  • LEI 3001 - Leisure and Recreation in America
  • LEI 3542 - Principles of Parks, Rec Management & Sport Mgt
  • LEI 3703 - Introduction to Recreational Therapy
  • LEI 3723 (1) - RT Facilitation Techniques Lab

Semester Two:

  • LEI 3800 - Liability &Law
  • HSC 3537 - Medical Terminology
  • APK 3110 - Exercise Physiology*
  • LEI 4724 - RT Facilitation Techniques
  • LEI 4705 - Program Planning in RT
  • LEI 3723 (2) - RT Facilitation Techniques Lab

*APK 3310 (PET 3351) is not required if the student has taken BSC 2086 and BSC 2086L.

Semester Three:

Semester Four:

  • LEI 4720 - Trends, Issues & Managerial Aspects of RT
  • CLP 4146 - Abnormal Psychology
  • LEI 4711 - Client Assessment, Document, & Evaluation in RT
  • LEI 3723 (3) - RT Facilitation Techniques Lab
  • Advised Elective: One advised elective must be chosen from a list of advised Global Learning approved courses (See Advisor) .

Semester Five:

  • LEI 4941 - Internship II (560 hours)

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