This program is offered fully online.
Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 36
CIP Code: 13.1001
Dept. Code: EDS
Major/College Codes: AVE ED
This major shares core requirements with the M.A.T. in Exceptional Student Education.
Department: Teaching and Learning
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
The Master’s degree programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning prepare special education teacher leaders for work in public and private schools and in state, federal, or community settings. Specific areas of education and training include behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and varying exceptionalities (exceptional student education). The major is designed to ensure that all graduates are prepared to be reflective practitioners, able to evaluate and continuously learn from their own teaching; collaborative professionals who affirm diversity; knowledgeable of theory and research; and skilled in the best practices of special education. Graduates of this major will have advanced clinical and pedagogical skills in working with children with disabilities and their families. The major is structured so that students can maintain full-time employment while pursuing their degrees through on-line course delivery. After admission to a major, the candidate and the department advisor together chart a program of study incorporating both core requirements and courses of specific interest to the student. All majors stress field application.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue an M.A. degree in education.
- At least one (1) letter of recommendation from a person who has observed the candidate teach and/or work with children and youth.