This page contains information about The Baptist College of Florida related to:
Authorization to Offer Online Education
Distance Education Complaints by SARA Students
General Disclosures about Programs Leading to Professional 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:
Commission for Independent Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(toll free) 888-224-6684
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.
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.
Out-of-state distance education students participating under NC-SARA (the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process may appeal non-instructional complaints to the Florida SARA Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL-SARA Complaint Process page at https://www.fldoe.org/sara/complaint-process.stml.
Information about Refund Policies may also be found in the College Catalog in the Finances Section.
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.
Students who officially withdraw from school during the Fall or Spring semester will receive a tuition refund according to the following schedule.
Students who officially withdraw from school during the Summer semester will receive a tuition refund according to the following schedule.
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 2014-2024, BME 2018-2024).
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.
Students completing these two programs are eligible to apply for a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate from the State of Florida Department of Education.
For other education-related degree programs at BCF (Education Studies 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.
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.
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 new 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 (January 2023), we can provide the following information about reciprocal teaching certificates from other states:
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