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Civic Literacy Competency

Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution in the 2018-2019 academic school year and thereafter, each student must demonstrate competency in civic literacy by the time they graduate pursuant to s. 1007.25(4), Florida Statutes. Students have the option to demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course or by achieving a passing score on an assessment.

Rule 6A-10.02413 of the State Board of Education defines civic literacy competency as follows:

(1) Successfully passing either POS 2041 American Government or AMH 2020 History of the United States since 1877.
(2) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

Assessment Standard Score
AP Government and Politics: United States 3
AP United States History 4
CLEP: American Government 50

Testing Information

​CLEP American Government is available at the Miami Dade College test centers.  

Questions and Answers

  • Who is required to meet the Civic Literacy Competency requirement?
    • Students seeking an Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree:
      • who have no prior college credit and initially enter an FCS institution as a first-time-in-college in Fall 2018. 
      • who begin dual enrollment in Fall of 2018 or later.
  • Who is exempt from meeting the Civic Literacy Competency requirement?
    • Students who have earned college credit prior to Fall 2018. 
    • Students who were in dual enrollment prior to Fall 2018. 
  • Is Civic Literacy a graduation requirement?
    Yes.  A student seeking an AA or baccalaureate will have to demonstrate competency prior to being awarded a degree.
  • Is Civic Literacy Competency a graduation requirement for all academic programs?
    No.  This requirement does not apply to the Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science or Career and Technical Certificates (also known as College Credit Certificates).
  • Does the Civic Literacy Competency graduation requirement apply to students who earned college credits prior to Fall 2018?
    No.  This requirement does not apply to current, returning or transfer students who have college credits prior to Fall 2018

Miami Dade College Civic Literacy Courses

  • POS2041 American Federal Government (3 Credits)
    The American Constitution and its development, the organization and functions of the national government, political parties and the electoral process, and the relationship of the individual to the federal government.
  • AMH 2020 History of the United States since 1877 (3 Credits)
    A survey of social, economic, and political developments in the United States since 1877.

Advanced Placement Courses and Resources

For more information please contact the MDC Social Sciences Department.

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