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    Oct 16, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education


ED - Updates for 2019-2020  

ED - Programs


University of South Florida
College of Education
4202 E. Fowler Ave, EDU162
Tampa, FL 33620

Web address: http://www.usf.edu/education
Phone: 813-974-3406
Fax: 813-974-3391

College Dean: Robert C. Knoeppel, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D.

Accreditation:

The College is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the preparation of P-12 educators. Its initial certification programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education.

Vision/Mission Statement:

The USF College of Education envisions itself as a leader in regional, national and international education. Leadership in Education encompasses:

  1. academic excellence,
  2. research, scholarship and inquiry that renews the educational process,
  3. collaboration that serves communities, institutions and individuals,
  4. educator preparation that builds on academic excellence, scholarship, and clinical practice, and
  5. collaboration that contributes to a just and productive society.

The College of Education fulfills this vision by: offering challenging learning opportunities in a supportive and diverse environment; creating and supporting research, scholarship, and inquiry in education; preparing the next generation of educators, scholars, and leaders for P-12 and the professoriate through exemplary undergraduate and graduate degree programs; serving the community through collaborative relationships; and, working with schools, agencies, and communities to offer educator preparation programs that prepare professionals who work competently, collaboratively, and ethically to improve educational outcomes for all.

Many concentrations are offered under the umbrella of the “Curriculum and Instruction” Major. Graduate Certificates are also offered in a number of areas. For information about the different majors refer to individual sections of the Graduate Catalog. Students seeking initial certification must be admitted to one of the degree programs offered in the College. Individuals seeking additional information should contact the College of Education Graduate Support Office at 813-974-3406, or http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/sas/sas_graduate.html. Students who have identified a major should contact directly the advisor for that major. Please be advised that major curriculum and/or course requirements are subject to change per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria. In instances where college or major requirements exceed university minimum requirements, students must meet the highest order of requirements presented. Always check with the advisor in your major of interest to determine whether or not there are programmatic variations. Please note also that COEDU college and major curriculum requirements are stated always as minimum requirements.

College of Education Minimum Requirements

All degree requirements are stated below as college minimums. Please consult the listing for the individual major for additional requirements.

Master’s Degree Programs and Requirements

The master’s degree programs offered in the College of Education lead to a Master of Arts degree (M.A.), a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.), a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree, or a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Students pursuing a Master’s degree must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution . Most majors offer through their M.A.T. degrees, a plan of study that leads to initial teacher certification for holders of a non-education baccalaureate degree. The M.A. degree is primarily designed to increase competence in a teaching specialization or to provide professional preparation in one of the service areas of education. For most majors, two plans of study are available depending on the student’s background and professional goals.

The College of Education standard admission requirements for international transcripts are:

For the masters degree - The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a 4-year US degree from a regionally accredited university. The transcripts must state the overall GPA or overall marks based on the native scale and the discipline or major the applicant is graduating in. If the degree was delivered in the English language (must be from anglophone country or stated on transcript that the means of delivery was English) then the iELTS/TOEFL score will not be necessary. An unofficial transcript (either scan or copy) is acceptable at the time of application; however, an official transcript by enrollment is required.

Unofficial transcripts (either scan or copy) from both the graduate and undergraduate institutions are acceptable at the time of application; however, official transcripts are required by enrollment.

College of Education Requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree

A minimum of 30 graduate semester hours is required for the master’s degree, at least 16 hours of which must be at the 6000 level. Courses at the 7000 level are advanced graduate level courses and thus are not approved to be part of the master’s degree program.

The M.A., Plan I

Program of graduate study is for those with a degree or appropriate initial teacher certification in the area of concentration who desire to increase their competence in a subject specialization or to receive additional professional preparation in an educational service area. The Plan I option is not available in all concentration areas. Contact the desired degree program for information.

Plan I Degree Requirements

Plan I students must take a minimum of one of the following Process Core (Foundation) courses. Additional requirements are described under the Major descriptions.

Process Core 3 hours minimum

EDF 6211 - Psychological Foundations of Education 
or
EDF 6215 - Learning Principles Applied to Instruction 
EDF 6481 - Foundations of Educational Research 
EDF 6432 - Foundations of Measurement  

EDF 6517 - Historical Foundations of American Education 
or
EDF 6606 - Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education  

Current Trends in Teaching Specialization – 3 hours
Concentration - 18 hours
Comprehensive Examination – Students must be registered for at least 2 graduate hours in the semester during which this exam is taken.
Thesis (Some majors have a Thesis option available)

Note: Check with the major of interest for curriculum variations.

The M.A., Plan III (not available in all areas)

This is a major of graduate study for the holder of a non-education baccalaureate degree who does not desire to meet initial certification requirements in the State of Florida. This plan is not available in all concentration areas. Please contact the major for information.

Plan III Minimum Curriculum Requirements:

Undergraduate Pre-requisites as necessary

Process Core 12 hours

EDF 6432 - Foundations of Measurement 
EDF 6481 - Foundations of Educational Research  
EDF 6211 - Psychological Foundations of Education 
or
EDF 6215 - Learning Principles Applied to Instruction 

EDF 6517 - Historical Foundations of American Education 
or
EDF 6606 - Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education 

Current Trends Course in Teaching Specialization – 3 hrs.
Concentration– 18 graduate hrs. Minimum
Comprehensive Examination

Note: Check with the major of interest for curriculum variations.

M.A.T. Degree

The M.A.T. degree is designed for holders of a non-education baccalaureate degree who desire to meet initial teacher certification requirements as part of a graduate major. The baccalaureate degree must be appropriate (as deemed by the graduate faculty) for the teaching field in which certification is sought. Hours in the M.A.T. degree vary by discipline. Reference the major section of the Graduate Catalog for specific M.A.T. curriculum requirements.

Note that all M.A.T. degree programs include as an admission requirement the passing of all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT). Applicants who can document they lived outside the state or country and did not have access to take the GKT before the application deadline may submit passing Praxis scores or GRE scores to be considered for admission. Whether admitted with passing Praxis scores or acceptable GRE scores, the applicant must submit passing scores on the GKT before the last day of classes of the semester of first enrollment, or admission to the College of Education will be revoked.

M.Ed. Degree

The M.Ed. degree is designed for individuals who have a minimum of two years of relevant educational or professional experience in the concentration selected, as judged and with written academic justification by the graduate faculty. This degree option is offered to students pursuing graduate study in educational leadership or curriculum and instruction with an associated specialization/concentration.

College of Education Requirements for the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.)

Two degree programs are offered.

  1. Educational Leadership The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed to improve performance in K-12 school leadership. The degree provides coursework that meets Florida Educational Leadership Core Curriculum requirements in public school curriculum and instruction, organizational management and development, human resource management and development, leadership skills, communication skills, technology, educational law, and educational finance. Successful completion of the major fulfills degree and core curriculum requirements for Florida certification in Level I, K-12 Educational Leadership-Administrative Class. The M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours with 60 percent or more of the courses at the 6000 level. Courses at the 7000 level are advanced graduate level courses and thus are not approved to be part of the master’s degree program.
  2. Curriculum and Instruction The M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration (specialization) area – This degree is designed for the individual who has a minimum of two years of relevant educational or professional experience (as judged by the graduate faculty) in a specialization area who wishes to pursue advanced study in that area. The primary objective is to prepare instructional leaders through courses in curriculum, methods, supervision, learning principles, human interaction, and areas of concentration/ specialization. The foundation areas (professional studies) receive greater emphasis in the M.Ed. degree programs than the M.A. degree programs. Coursework in the concentration/specialization may include courses in colleges other than the College of Education.

The M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 33 graduate semester hours with 60 percent or more of the courses at the 6000 level. Courses at the 7000 level are advanced graduate level courses and thus are not approved to be part of the master’s degree program.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Requirements:

Program of Study

Foundations and Curriculum Core 9 hours minimum

EDF 6432 - Foundations of Measurement   Credit(s): 3
or
EDF 6481 - Foundations of Educational Research  Credit(s): 3
EDG 6627 - Foundations Of Curriculum And Instruction   Credit(s): 3

Psychological/Social Foundations (Choice from list below) Credit(s): 3
EDF 6211 - Psychological Foundations of Education  Credit(s): 3
EDF 6215 - Learning Principles Applied to Instruction  Credit(s): 4
EDF 6217 - Behavior Theory and Classroom Learning  Credit(s): 4
EDF 6354 - Human Development and Personality Theories  Credit(s): 4
EDF 6165 - Group Processes for Educational Personnel  Credit(s): 1-3
(available only to students in the College Student Affairs Concentration)
EDF 6517 - Historical Foundations of American Education 
EDF 6606 - Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education 

Concentration 18 hours minimum

See Curriculum and Instruction Major listing and specific individual concentration areas for specific requirements.

Electives 6 hours

Comprehensive Examination
Total 33 hours minimum

Note: More credit hours may be required for a concentration in the Foundations & Curriculum Core, which may be substituted for electives or concentration hours. Foundations and Curriculum core for the College Student Affairs concentration is 6 hours minimum ( EDF 6481  and EDF 6165 ), additional hours in the concentration required.

See individual major descriptions and contact the major of interest for curriculum variations within the concentration area.

Advanced Graduate Degree Programs

The advanced graduate degree programs lead to the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. To be considered for admission to any advanced graduate degree program, students must have earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions, or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution, meet the major and/or college-specified minimum GRE and/or GPA requirements and be favorably recommended also by the graduate faculty or a graduate admissions committee. Additionally, students must comply with any other college or major requirements specified for the prospective degree program. Note: Please check with the major of interest for programmatic variations. The Ed.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Education are administered by the Interdisciplinary Education Graduate Coordinator.

Education Specialist Degree Program (Ed.S.)

This degree is offered in the areas of Educational Leadership and in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration area.

College of Education Requirements for the Education Specialist Degree (Ed. S.)

The Ed.S. degree consists of a minimum of 36 graduate hours beyond the master’s degree and is flexible in its requirements. The degree is designed to provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop competencies in areas of special needs and interests. Consequently, the degree program has few required courses, and each student’s major is individually planned in consultation with a faculty gradute committee. Courses at the 5000 level are inappropriate; and a minimum of 15 hours should be taken at the 7000 level.

Program of Study

Concentration coursework - 27 hours minimum.
Thesis (Project) - 9 hours minimum: Thesis EDG 6971  or Project EDG 6970
Comprehensive Examination (oral and/or written)
Oral defense of the project/thesis

Thesis/Project – Ed.S. Degree. The student is required to plan and successfully complete an individual thesis or project. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge gained in the major to the resolution of significant needs arising from professional practice. A minimum of 9 semester hours of thesis enrollment is required in the Ed.S. degree program. Students are required to enroll for a minimum of 2 semester hours in the EDG 6971 thesis course or EDG 6970 projectc course each semester while working on the Ed.S. thesis/project and for 2 graduate semester thesis hours in the semester during which the student plans to graduate. Students who have not completed the thesis/project after enrolling in the required 9 hours must continue to enroll in a minimum of 2 graduate credit hours each semester, including the semester in which the thesis/project is submitted to the College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (project) or the University Office of Graduate Studies (Thesis; School Psychology students). Students must have an oral defense of the project/thesis with their project/thesis supervisory committee.

The College of Education standard admission requirements for international transcripts are:

For the doctoral degree- If the applicant has a masters from a regionally accredited U.S. university then while we require that UG transcripts from the accredited international university, the College of Education will not require a course-by-course evaluation of the UG credential. If the applicant completed an undergraduate and graduate degree abroad, both degrees must be equivalent to a 4-year US undergraduate degree and a U.S. masters degree, respectively, and both degrees must be from regionally accredited universities. If the applicant has completed at least four years of English language delivery of their degrees, then the iELTS/TOEFL score will not be necessary. Both transcripts must state the overall GPA or overall marks based on the native scale, and the discipline or major the applicant is graduating in.

Unofficial transcripts (either scan or copy) from both the graduate and undergraduate institutions are acceptable at the time of application; however official transcripts required by enrollment.

Doctor of Education Degree Program (Ed. D.)

The Doctor of Education degree is available in Educational Leadership and in Educational Program Development with concentrations/ specializations in Adult Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Leadership (K-12 and College Leadership), Elementary Education, and Special Education Administration and Supervision. The focus of this degree program is on the improvement of educational practice. Although research skills are recognized as being the basis of any doctoral program, the Ed.D. is considered more a practitioner’s than a research degree. Currently, the degree in Special Education with a concentration in Administration and Supervision is closed to new admissions.

College of Education Minimum Requirements for the Doctor of Education Degree (Ed. D.)

Program of Study

The Ed. D. requires a minimum of 54 hours beyond the master’s degree.
Core Course Requirement – 3 hours minimum
Concentration - 15 hours minimum
Electives Supporting Concentration – 15 hours minimum

Statistics/Measurement/ Research Design/Applied Research - 9 hours minimum
Psychological and Social Foundations- 3 hours minimum
Dissertation - 9 hours min.

Dissertation

Beginning with the semester immediately following admission to candidacy, students must be enrolled continuously for a minimum of 2 credit hours of dissertation per semester including summers until degree completion. Exceptions to the continuous enrollment policy may be approved if the major professor writes a letter of petition to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, indicating specifically the nature and duration of the exception and the justification. Unless an exception has been approved, failure to enroll as specified may result in dismissal of the student from the major. Failure to enroll as specified for three consecutive semesters results in the student being placed on inactive status, and the student must apply for readmission and be readmitted. To be readmitted, the student must secure permission from the major professor and write a letter of request, co-signed by the major professor, to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, outlining in detail a timeline for completing the dissertation. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will approve or deny the request. This process will be independent of, and will not replace, any procedures required for readmission by the University Office of Graduate Studies, or the Department.

Residency

There is no residency requirement for doctoral students in the College of Education.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, and have completed all required coursework with satisfactory grades prior to admission to candidacy.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is available in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in the following areas: Adult Education, Career and Workforce Education, , Counselor Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, English Education, Higher Education (Administration), Instructional Technology, Interdisciplinary Education, Literacy Studies, Mathematics Education, Measurement and Evaluation, Science Education, Secondary Education ), Social Science Education, Special Education ,

The Ph.D. degree is also available in School Psychology, and Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition (TESLA). Contact the College of The Arts for information on the Ph.D. in Music Education.

College of Education Minimum Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction.

The Curriculum and Instruction major is only offered in conjunction with a concentration area. Please see the area of concentration listed alphabetically under the major entry in the catalog) to determine whether or not the Curriculum and Instruction major is available in the area of interest.

Refer to the Major listing for the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and to the specific Concentration for information.

Refer to the major sections for Ph.D. requirements for Teaching in Education and Second Language Acquisition (TLD)

Program of Study

Common Core

EDG 7067 - Philosophies of Inquiry  Credit(s): 3

Research Methods & Tools – Refer to the concentration for minimum hours and specific requirements

Concentration – Refer to the concentration for minimum hours and specific requirements
Subspecialty within Concentration – optional requirement in some concentrations
Cognate – optional requirement in some concentrations
Interdisciplinary Focus – optional requirement in some concentrations

Dissertation

Refer to the concentration for specific minimum hours required

Residency

There is no residency requirement for doctoral students in the College of Education.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, and have completed all required coursework with satisfactory grades prior to admission to candidacy.

EDG 7067 - Philosophies of Inquiry  Credit(s): 3

International Students

All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

- A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
- Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Programs

Major

Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

Programs

Major

Graduate Certificate

Department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education

Programs

Major

Graduate Certificate

Department of Teaching and Learning

Programs

Major

Graduate Certificate