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FEDERAL DISTANCE EDUCATION RULE DISCLOSURES

This page contains information about The Baptist College of Florida related to:

  • Licensure
  • Authorization to Offer Online Education
  • Distance Education Complaints by SARA Students
  • Refund Policies
  • General Disclosures about Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

Licensure

The Baptist College of Florida is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE), Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at:

325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(toll free) 888-224-6684

Authorization to Offer Online Education in Other States and Territories

The Baptist College of Florida participates with NC-SARA (the National Council of State Authorization of Reciprocity Agreements) in order to provide online education to students in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. California is not included in NC-SARA. For more information about NC-SARA, please visit www.nc-sara.org.

Authorization to Offer Online Education in California

The Baptist College of Florida is a non-public (private) higher education institution that is non-profit and accredited. Per Section 94801.5 of the California Education Code, The Baptist College of Florida is exempt from the requirement to register with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and may offer online courses to students residing in the State of California.

Distance Education (Online) Student Complaints

Out-of-state distance education students participating under SARA, who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL-SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/sara/complaint-process.stml .

Refund Policies

(per the College Catalog)

Drop/Add Refund Policy

Students who drop courses prior to the beginning of classes or during the drop/add period of any semester will receive a full refund of tuition and fees. No refunds will be granted for drops after the end of the drop/add period. In the fall and spring semesters drop/add begins the first day of the semester and extends for seven calendar days, not class days (see BCF Academic Calendar). In the one, two and three week summer sessions, drop/add period ends after the first day of classes. In the twelve week summer session, drop/add begins the first class day and extends for seven calendar days (not class days). Since students are permitted to enroll in only one short term course per summer session, all drops are treated as withdrawals, and refunds are granted under the withdrawal schedule as follows.

Regular Withdrawal Refund Policy

Students who officially withdraw from school during the Fall or Spring semester will receive a tuition refund according to the following schedule.

Fall and Spring Semesters (Days=Calendar Days)

1-7 days 100%
8-14 days 90%
15-21 days 50%
22-28 days 50%
29-65 days 25%
Later None

Summer Withdrawal Refund Policy

Students who officially withdraw from school during the Summer semester will receive a tuition refund according to the following schedule.

One Week Courses (Days=Calendar Days)

First Day 100%
Second Day 25%
Later None

Two Week & Three Week Courses (Days=Calendar Days)

First Day 100%
Second Day 90%
Third Day 50%
Fourth Day 25%
Later None

Eleven Week Courses (Days=Calendar Days)

1-7 days 100%
8-14 days 80%
15-21 days 50%
22-45 days 25%
Later None

A student may occupy campus housing from semester to semester without interruption as long as he/she abides by the regulations. He/ she rents housing on a semester basis - fall, spring and summer. Once the student occupies a housing unit, he/she is expected to reside in it for the entire semester and is obligated to pay the rent until the end of the semester. This requirement may be waived under the following condition:

If during a semester a resident withdraws from school or is called to live on a church field, he/she may request to be released from the rental agreement. A formal letter of employment from a church official, other than the resident, must accompany the request. Other rules for vacating will apply. With these things in order, the date the request was made may then serve as the date of notice given for vacating the unit.

Notes
  1. Withdrawal refunds are granted only to students who officially withdraw. Withdrawal begins by contacting the Registrar Office.
  2. All refunds must be requested in writing in the Office of Business Affairs.
  3. Refund processing will take approximately thirty days.
  4. A week is considered to be five working days.

General Disclosures about Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

As part of our commitment to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), The Baptist College of Florida wants all students to be aware of programs in our curriculum that lead to professional licensure. BCF currently has two such programs - the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and the Bachelor of Music Education. These two programs have been approved by the State of Florida Department of Education for the following dates (BAEE 2014-2021, BME 2018-2021).

Please note that all students in these two programs must pass all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams and must complete an internship in a Florida public classroom.

Florida Certification Information

Students completing these two programs are eligible to apply for a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate from the State of Florida Department of Education.

Other Education-Related Programs not Leading to Professional Licensure

For other education-related degree programs at BCF (Education Studies, English Secondary Education, and History/Social Studies Secondary Education), completion of one of these degrees does not lead to professional licensure. Students completing one of these programs may become eligible for professional licensure through an alternate certification route.

Florida Contact Information

Students interested in obtaining a Florida teaching certificate should contact the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification, Room 201, Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, (800-445-6739), http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/index.stml.

Out of State Students

Fully-online students residing outside the State of Florida may enroll in either the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education or Bachelor of Music Education degrees. However, all students in these two programs are required to pass all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams and must complete an internship in a Florida public classroom. As such, completion of either of these two degrees leads only to professional licensure in the State of Florida.

Once the Florida Professional Certificate has been obtained, students may seek a reciprocal teaching certificate in their state of residence. Based on the most recent information we have:

  1. The following states grant reciprocal certification (assuming submission of an application, transcripts, fees, identification, and background checks): Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming.
  2. The following states grant reciprocal certification with additional requirements (such as additional testing or other steps toward full certification): Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin.
  3. The following states will not grant reciprocal certification: Montana.
  4. At this time, we cannot determine whether the following states and/or territories provide reciprocity certification: New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands.

If you have further questions about BCF programs leading to professional licensure, please contact:

Dr. Ed Scott
Director of Compliance/Accreditation Liaison
The Baptist College of Florida
5400 College Drive
Graceville, FL 32440
850-263-3260, x488