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BCF Press Release



October 30, 2015

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BCF Teacher Education Division Chair Susan Wegmann.

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is committed to providing top quality Christian higher education that prepares students to change the world. Recently the college reached a major milestone achievement when its Teacher Education Division received full state approval of the Elementary Education program’s Professional Teaching Certificate with ESOL and Reading Endorsements by the Florida Department of Education.

According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, “This approval represents the culmination of a long process that has required the work of many faculty, staff, and administrators. I have always known that our program provided the very best in instruction and preparation for this most important field. I am delighted that this fact has been endorsed by the Florida Department of Education. I am grateful for the work that has been done and am greatly excited about the future of the program.”

This approval will lead to increased marketability of graduates and the program itself. Teacher Education Division Chair Susan Wegmann stated, "It adds credence, credibility and viability to the program." As a result of the application process for approval, there is now a focus and emphasis on the ESOL and Reading endorsements and with that focus, the endorsements are infused into the whole program.

In addition to the added endorsements and increased marketability, the approval will also allow BCF to participate in statewide and nationwide organizations, bringing awareness to the college and open new doors for the program and the students enrolled in it. This approval is another example of how BCF provides quality education within a Christian Worldview, dedicated to "Changing the World, Through the Unchanging Word.®"

For more information on the Teacher Education Division or licensing and accreditation, call 800.328.2660 ext. 406 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.