Aspiring teachers will now have the opportunity to pursue Polk State College’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education on the Winter Haven Campus with the expansion of the highly reputable program to East Polk County. Classes will start in August 2024; open enrollment will begin on June 10.

The Polk State Education Program will be hosting information sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Winter Haven Campus in WST 126
  • Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Lakeland Campus in LTB 1100

Associate & Bachelor Degrees:

Associate of Science Degree (AS) in Early Childhood Education and Management

Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Elementary Education

Certificate Programs:

Preschool Certificate

Child Care Center Management Certificate

Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) Certificate

Polk County School District Career Educator Pathways (CEP) Certificate

Mission Statement

The mission of Polk State College’s teacher education programs is to prepare teacher candidates with the knowledge and dispositions to become competent and compassionate professional educators dedicated to serving the diverse cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs of all students.

Polk State College offers a variety of teacher preparation programs for individuals to further their education. Our programs allow teacher candidates to share knowledge and experience in a blended learning environment that includes face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes. Please use the links on this webpage to explore the various education programs available at Polk State.