Published: Jan 23, 2013 11:05 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Edison State College President Jeff Allbritten announced that the college is working to offer a four-year degree for $10,000. The announcement was made during the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting held January 22. On average, a four-year degree from Edison State College costs approximately $13,000.

“Late last year the Governor issued a challenge to create a baccalaureate degree program that would cost $10,000,” said Dr. Allbritten. “We have accepted his challenge and are now working to try and make it possible.”

Edison State College is targeting the Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Biology Education.

“With this degree in mind, we are now exploring ways to find alternative funding sources to cover the difference. There is a high demand for secondary biology teachers, and this degree would be an excellent avenue to give our students an even better value while also addressing a local workforce need,” said Dr. Allbritten.

About the BS Program in Secondary Biology Education:

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Secondary Biology Education program is designed to prepare individuals to teach biology grades 6-12 (middle and high school). The program provides an educational pathway for students who have earned an Associate in Arts degree to include specific science and education prerequisites. Upon graduation, students will meet the mandated state teaching requirements, for certification in Secondary Biology Education.

The BS in Secondary Biology Education program includes courses in teaching students with English as a second language, students with exceptionalities, reading competency, classroom management, assessment, and integrated approaches to teaching methodologies at the middle and high school levels. Field experience requirements are progressive in nature, building upon previous semester experiences. Students will observe teachers in the field, teach lessons through the practicum courses, and complete a full-time teaching internship in their final semester.