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The Associate in Arts: University Parallel Program
The Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) is a university parallel degree designed for students who intend to earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university. The A.A. degree is comparable to the freshman and sophomore years (lower division) of a university program and requires a total of 60 college-level credit hours and cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for completion.
Within the 60 credit hour A.A. curriculum, students must successfully complete 36 credit hours of general education courses from within the subject areas of communications, mathematics, humanities, behavioral/social sciences and natural sciences. A specific number of credit hours are required in each subject area. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses designated as meeting College-Level Communication and Computation Skills.
The remaining 24 credit hours are electives. It is essential that students work closely with an academic advisor to choose electives required for their intended major at the university or college baccalaureate degree program.
Within the General Education and Elective credits, students must ensure that they satisfy the following requirements:
Students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in fall 2014 and after, including former dual enrollment students entering college for the first time following high school graduation, must demonstrate competency in a foreign language pursuant to s.1007.262, Florida Statutes. Visit EFSC's Foreign Language Competency page for more details on meeting this requirement, including through proficiency testing offered at EFSC.
First-time-in-college students initially entering Eastern Florida or any school in the Florida College System in fall 2015 and after must successfully complete at least one core course from each of the general education subject areas: Communications, Mathematics, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, pursuant to s.1007.25(3), Florida Statutes, and SBE Rule 6A.14.0303. Visit EFSC’s CORE Course page for more details on meeting this requirement.
This requirement was recently expanded so please review the information carefully, and additional information about the newest state requirements for A.A. and bachelor students starting in Fall 2021 and later will be available here soon.
A.A. Requirement for Fall 2018 to Summer 2021 Entry Students
First-time-in-college students initially entering Eastern Florida State College in fall 2018 through summer term 2021 must demonstrate competency in Civic Literacy, pursuant to s.1007.25, Florida Statutes, and SBE Rule 6A-10.02413. This group of students may meet this competency in one of two ways:
- Successfully complete POS 2041 American Government or AMH 2020 U.S. History Since 1877 (if taken fall 2019 or after), with a final grade of "C" or higher, or
- Achieve the standard score on one of the following assessments:
- Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States (minimum score of 3)
- Advanced Placement United States History (minimum score of 4)
- CLEP American Government (minimum score 50)
NOTE: AICE/IB does NOT satisfy the Civic Literacy Competency requirement. Although AICE and IB Examinations may provide students with course credit aligning with course numbers identified as satisfying the Civic Literacy requirement, the content covered in the examinations does not align with the competencies identified in the statute because they were developed with a British or International focus. Therefore, students will need to demonstrate competency through an approved course or assessment.
New State Requirements in Effect Fall Term 2021
Associate in Arts and bachelor students entering a Florida College System (FCS) institution, which includes Eastern Florida State College, in the 2021-2022 academic year and thereafter must demonstrate civic literacy competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course (POS 2041 or AMH 2021) AND by achieving a passing score on the Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE), which is available through the EFSC Assessment Centers. More details on all options for meeting this requirement and an FAQ will be available in December.
First-time-in-college A.A. degree students who entered between Fall 2018 and Summer 2021 will continue to have the option of passing a course or an assessment as explained above.
A subsequent rule amendment is anticipated to add the civic literacy requirement as a condition of A.S. degree completion for students entering EFSC or any FCS institution in Fall 2022 and thereafter.
Preparing for Transfer
Florida’s Statewide Articulation Agreement, general education requirements, common prerequisites, Statewide Course Numbering System and FloridaShines assist students in transitioning smoothly from two-year to four-year college or university programs, including EFSC’s Bachelor in Applied Science degrees. Students are provided certain guarantees and protections to ensure the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program is comparable to the first two years of a four-year program.
Transfer Graduation Pathways for Success
Eastern Florida has prepared several A.A. advising tracks, called Transfer GPS: Your Graduation Pathway for Success, for popular bachelor's level programs such as business, education, engineering, health sciences and music to ensure the plan of study for your A.A. matches up with your future education plans. To transfer into junior level work in a specific major, students must have completed the common program prerequisites for their selected degree so let our Transfer GPS pages and EFSC advisors help guide you.
Visit our articulation agreements page for more information on the documents that guide the transfer process after receiving an EFSC credential. Plus see the Florida College Transfer Student Bill of Rights below, explore our transfer options webpage and click to view official EFSC Catalog A.A. information.
Students who graduate from Florida colleges with an A.A. degree are guaranteed the following rights under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024):
- Admission to one of the state universities, except to limited access programs.
- Acceptance of at least 60 semester hours by the state universities.
- Adherence to the university requirements and policies, based on the catalog in effect at the time the student first enters college, provided the student maintains continuous enrollment.
- Transfer of equivalent courses under the Statewide Course Numbering System Acceptance by the state universities of credits earned in accelerated programs (e.g., CLEP, AP, Dual Enrollment, Early Admission, International Baccalaureate and AICE).
- No additional General Education Core requirements. Advance knowledge of selection criteria for limited access programs.
- Equal opportunity with native university students to enter limited access programs.
- The state universities will honor all grade forgiveness awarded under the A.A. degree.