School of Education



Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education provides a rigorous learning environment ensuring teacher candidates will achieve their greatest potential through Principles of Excellence. Building on a strong pedagogical, ethical and socially conscious foundation that fosters creativity and innovation.

Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education produces graduates equipped to contribute to the diverse community of life-long learners in Southwest Florida.

FSW School of Education Success

  • 495 graduates from the class of 11-12 to class of 17-18 were employed in Florida's public schools in 2018-2019
  • 467 of those 495 (94%) are employed locally (Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, Glades, Lee, and Sarasota counties)
  • 279 (56%) of those 495 graduates are working in Title I schools
  • 91% of our Elementary Education graduates are still teaching 5 years following initial job placement
  • 98% of graduates received an Effective (65%) or Highly Effective (33%) rating on their annual teacher evaluation
  • 35 Elementary Education program completers have earned the state designation of "High Impact Teacher" (Source: 2019 APPR report and 2018-2019 state employment data)



  • Bachelor program graduates received 5 Teacher of the Year Awards, 8 Teacher of Distinction awards, and a Golden Apple finalist 
  • 3 FSW School of Education bachelor program graduates hired as FSW adjunct professors
  • 100% of Fall 2019 final interns passed all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam by the end of the semester
  • 97% job placement (63/65) at the 2018-2019 School of Education Fall and Spring job fairs
  • Elementary Education Class of 2011 graduate, Joe Merrill's book was released in January 2020 titled "The Interactive Class"



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