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Curriculum and Programs

Academic Services coordinates activities related to curriculum development, program review, prior learning assessment, program contact information, field observation for teacher education and business partnership councils.

  • Prior Learning Assessment contains the policies and procedures that allow students to gain credit for prior learning experiences from noncredit coursework or life experience.
  • Meta-majors at PBSC are a collection of academic programs with common or related content.
  • Field Observation and Practicum has detailed information on the security process for gaining clearance and placement in Palm Beach County Public Schools and other school settings to meet Education (EDF) and Institute of Teacher Education (EPI) course requirements.


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Criteria and forms for reporting dual enrollment for Palm Beach State College in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.064. All dual enrollment classes must meet the criteria as specified in Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.064.

Each dual enrollment class must complete the Dual Enrollment Checklist form and forward a copy of the form no later than the first day of class and a copy of the final exam/grade book used in the class at the end of the term to the VPAA.

Dual Enrollment Reporting Form (Word doc)

Dual Enrollment Reporting
Area Criteria for Dual Enrollment Classes

Student Eligibility

All students must meet eligibility criteria as stated in FLS 1007.271. Only dual enrollment high school students are permitted to enroll in the class.

Faculty Credentials

All faculty teaching dual enrollment courses must meet the credentialing criteria.

Course Outline

All faculty teaching dual enrollment courses shall be provided with the Palm Beach State College course outlines.

Class Loading

The associate dean (or designee) shall be responsible for loading of the class. The class must meet the expected course hours as stated in the course outline. The class cannot be scheduled for more hours or fewer hours than is stated in the course outline for a combination of lecture/lab hours. The class must use the special designator DE - Dual Enrollment.

Holidays and Closed Days

Dual enrollment classes shall meet according to the closed days/holidays as observed by the School District calendar.

Course Syllabus

All faculty teaching dual enrollment courses shall use the course syllabus template or checklist. The syllabus shall be approved by the associate dean prior to the start of classes.


The textbook used by the class shall be the same textbook designated by the faculty for use by adjunct instructors. The associate dean shall provide textbook information to the School District.

Final Exam

Final exams used in the dual enrollment course shall be approved by the associate dean prior to the administration of the exam. Completed and scored exams must be returned to the associate dean and kept for one (1) year.

Submission of Grades

All faculty teaching dual enrollment classes shall submit grades electronically, observing grade submission deadlines for the given session and term.


For exempt students, MAT1033C, Intermediate Algebra, has been the math course in which they were placed if they did not take a math placement test. Now students will have a second course to choose from, MAT1100. The FAQ below should help advisors and faculty understand this new course and its intended audience. This is not a replacement for MAT1033C; each course has a unique audience.

MAT1100, Quantitative Reasoning.

Course Description: This course builds on the foundation for understanding selected concepts taken from topics that include algebra, set theory, logic, geometry, probability, statistics, proportions, numeracy and graphing. Critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies, financial mathematics, communicating mathematically, and appropriate use of technology will be incorporated throughout the course.

Note: MAT1100 only satisfies the prerequisite requirements for MGF1106 and MGF1107 in general education. Students wishing to take MAC1105 must take MAT1033C or present sufficient test scores.


Q: What is the difference between MAT1033C, Intermediate Algebra, and MAT1100, Quantitative Reasoning?

A: The audience for MAT1033C are students needing remedial help in intermediate algebra so that they can transition and be successful in MAC1105, College Algebra, and math courses beyond that as they pursue an upper division program requiring this level of math (e.g., STEM, Business). The audience for MAT1100 are students who are pursuing a liberal arts tracked upper division program (e.g., education, history) and do not need MAC1105 and other higher level courses. A second audience for MAT1100 are students who have exhausted their three attempts at MAT1033C. We have hundreds of students who cannot finish an AA or AS degree because they could not progress to college-level math through the MAT1033C route, which up until this time was the only route we offered.

Q: Does MAT1100 count as general education math credit?

A: No, MAT1100 is a transitional course to general education math courses much like MAT1033C. It does not count as general education math.

Q: Will financial aid pay for MAT1100?

A: Yes, MAT1100 will be considered to serve the same function in the curriculum as MAT1033 in that it is remedial in nature and a pre-requisite to college-level math.

Q: What general education math course can students take when they successfully complete MAT1100?

A: Students will be able to take MGF1106 and once they successfully complete the MFG course, they can then take STA2023, Introduction to Statistics.

Q: If a student is not sure about their transfer major in AA, which course should they take?

A: If a student is not sure on where they want to transfer to or what major to choose, they should take MAT1033C.

Q. A student took MAT1100, but now wants to take coursework to prepare for business at FAU. What should they do?

A: In this case, the student will need to go back and take MAT1033C, or present sufficient test scores to place in MAC1105, College Algebra.

Q. An AS degree such as Nursing requires a student to take STA2023 Statistics as their math course. What course should they take?

A: For students who only need STA2023 for their associate in science degree, they should take MAT1033C so that they can progress into the STA2023 course.

Q: A student has an F and W in MAT1033C. Will taking MAT1100 “forgive” those grades?

A: No, grades earned in MAT1100 will not forgive grades in MAT1033C.

Q: What role should advisors play in recommending MAT1100?

A: Advisors must work closely with students to clearly understand their intent in transfer. Students should not look at MAT1100 as an “easier” way to obtain an AA degree if their intent is to pursue a program requiring MAC1105 College Algebra.

Q: What role should faculty play who will teach MAT1100?

A: On their syllabus and during the drop and add period, faculty must explain to students the purpose of the course and what other courses it prepares you for. Student should be strongly advised that taking the right course (MAT1033C or MAT1100) is a key decision point to ensure their progression towards the degree. If students are not sure of their course, they should take MAT1033C.


All Palm Beach State College programs of study provide students with training in the use of technology through the program's coursework. Each program has identified what types of technology training occurs and what types of software are used in computer-supported training. In addition, the following resources are available for students for learning about technology:

Library Learning Resources Center - The Libraries at each of Palm Beach State College's campuses offers students many opportunities for training in the use of technology. These include arrangement of specialized training, OASIS (Online Advancement of Student Information ), a completely online course in accessing and using technology in the library featuring eight chapters of learning, PantherLearn, a wiki featuring research help and guidelines. Librarians are also available to help students learn technology in personal consultation.

Student Learning Centers - The Student Learning Centers located at each Palm Beach State College campus offer tutoring on student use of technology though the use of open computer labs where students can consult with staff on using computers or self-paced tutorials featured in the lab.

ITAC (Information Technology Assistance Center) - The ITAC has many online tutorials for students including an interactive Blackboard tutorial and browser tune-ups for using Blackboard. The help desk services of the ITAC can also assist students with technology questions.

Credit Courses
Computer Science & Information Technology  - The department offers a full line of courses in Computer Science and Information Technology that students can take as a part of their academic program (where applicable) or as an elective.

Noncredit Courses
The Corporate and Continuing Education Offices at each of the Palm Beach State College campuses offer opportunities for students to learn about technology through short-term courses in a wide variety of technology subjects. The courses are offered throughout the year on a continuing basis.


The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is test required for completion in many PSAV clock hour programs. Students must pass this test at a level specified for their program in order for the College to show on the transcript that the student has completed the program. The test has three parts - Reading, Mathematics and Language. Students need passing scores on each part of the test at a level specified for their program. Passing levels are published in the catalog.

In order to ensure student success in this area, Palm Beach State requires that students in some PSAV certificate programs take remediation courses for TABE if initial testing results indicate the student did not pass the TABE test at a sufficient level.

While the policy in no way prevent students from pursuing their program objective, the policy increases the students' chance for success by allowing students to complete any vocational preparatory instruction necessary before, or along with, program courses.

Students in the following programs are affected:

  • Automotive Service Technology 1 (PSAV 5463)
  • Automotive Service Technology 2 (PSAV 5458)
  • Cosmetology (PSAV 5357)
  • Diesel Technology 1 (PSAV 5468)
  • Diesel Technology 2 (PSAV 5457)
  • Residential & Commercial Electrician (PSAV 5246)
  • Facilities Maintenance (PSAV 5248)
  • Green Building Trades (PSAV 5247)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (PSAV 5267)
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics (PSAV 5456)
  • Machining Technology (PSAV 5459)
  • Security & Automation Systems Technician (PSAV 5249)
  • Welding Technology (PSAV 5460)

Tabe Exemptions: Students are exempt from taking TABE if they provide the appropriate documentation showing that they (1) entered 9th grade in a Florida public high school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma; or (2) are serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services; or (3) have an associate degree or higher; or (4) have official "valid" placement test scores that meet the state-designated minimums for college-level English and math courses; or (5) have successfully completed college preparatory or developmental education course requirements in English, reading and math; or (6) provide proof of successful completion of college-level English and math courses (grade of C or higher) from a regionally accredited college or university; or (7) have passed a state, national, or industry certification or licensure examination; or (8) are enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Florida Department of Education.

As students progress through the TABE remediation courses, periodic retesting with the TABE will occur. If a student has not passed the TABE at the 50% completion mark of their program, the College's standards of academic progress policy requires that the student only enroll in TABE remediation courses (VPI courses) until TABE requirements are satisfied. This ensures that no student can finish the PSAV program without satisfying the TABE requirement.

The VPI Courses are:

VPI 0100 - Vocational Prep Reading
VPI 0200 - Vocational Prep Math
VPI 0300 - Vocational Prep Language

Please see an academic advisor if you have any questions on the policy and if it affects you.


For students required to submit placement scores and who subsequently test into developmental education, the developmental requirements can be satisfied in one of several ways:

  • Developmental Education Courses offered by the College - Developmental education courses are covered by financial aid (veterans are urged to see the College's veterans advisor on their eligibility status).
  • Self-Study - Students may choose to study on their own using the library or SLC lab. These students show proficiency by retaking the PERT test and achieving passing scores that allow them to enter college credit courses in English and/or mathematics.
  • Using a Private Provider - Students may choose to hire a private tutor or use a commercial tutoring and help service. These students show proficiency by retaking the PERT test and achieving passing scores that allow them to enter college credit courses in English and/or mathematics.
  • Enrolling in a MOOC - Broward College is offering free MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) to all Florida College students. These students show proficiency by retaking the PERT test and achieving passing scores that allow them to enter college credit courses in English and/or mathematics.

Students who are "exempt" from placement testing may also choose to enroll or use any of the above options. If you have any questions, please see an academic advisor at one of the College's campuses.


New Programs – Institutional Research & Effectiveness Cycle

Each year, the office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness will research and identify new programs as part of the college's Institutional Effectiveness process. Various national and state databases will be used to research new and emerging needs for the College's Service area.  Data will be provided to the campuses in the form of a report. Campuses may use these data to propose new program offerings.

State Resources:

Curriculum Frameworks for Programs

State Course Numbering System

New Programs – Response to Emerging Business and Industry Need

At any time, new programs may be researched in response to an emerging need or other College initiative. The College official guiding such an effort must complete the following form to assess need, cost, and benefit to the College:

The campus approved form is them forwarded to the VPAA for approval through the Executive Leadership Council.



Campus Program Proposal Form


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