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    Sep 23, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Elementary Education, M.A.T.


Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

*applications accepted on an on-going basis

 

This program is offered partially online.

This major shares core requirements with the M.A. in Elementary Education.

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Teaching and Learning

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) major is designed for those students who hold a bachelor’s degree outside of the field of Elementary Education. The program prepares students to become successful elementary school teachers in Grades K-6. In addition to earning the master’s degree, program completers graduate with certification in Elementary Education K-6, as well as the ESOL Endorsement. Through coursework and supervised field experiences, M.A.T. graduates will demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge; self-reflection, professional growth and ethical practice; use of research-based practices and data to make instructional decisions; design educational experiences that result in positive impact on student academic achievement; demonstrate proficiency integrating technology; enhance learning environments to meet the needs of diverse experiences, perspectives, and cultures of students; and communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Passing of the General Knowledge Test, a portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam or

Effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C., on test sections of the GRE® revised General Test:

  • GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics
  • GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading.
  • A personal statement indicating reasons for applying to the program, pertinent personal and professional dispositions, and experiences and/or credentials relevant to teaching.

 

For international applicants:
International students entering this degree program must obtain a social security number for purposes of practicum, internship and certification testing.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 54 Credit Hours

  • Shared Core Requirements -  6 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses – 39 Credit Hours
  • Practicum - 3 Credit Hours
  • Internship - 6 Credit Hours

Students are expected to meet State of Florida testing requirements and Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

Please be advised that curriculum and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

Shared Core Requirements: (6 Credit Hours)


Practicum (3 Credit Hours)


Internship (6 Credit Hours)


Comprehensive Examination


Students are required to complete a Transition Point Project in the fall semester prior to the final clinical requirements. Candidates must pass the Transition Point Project in order to continue the program; if a candidate fails twice, he or she will be deemed as not making academic progress and will be subject to dismissal from the program. The project requires work independent of courses. A candidate may submit only one Transition Point Project during a semester.

Practicum and Clinical Education


  • Practicum and Clinical Education: Candidates will be required to complete several field experiences and clinical education experiences throughout the teacher preparation program. It is the policy that a candidate who does not successfully complete a field experience or clinical education experiences will be terminated from the program. The final clinical education experience involves observing and teaching in a classroom. Candidates should meet with an advisor to discuss eligibility for Clinical Education. Special requirements for enrollment in the final clinical education are:
    • Admission to the College of Education.
    • Passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test or GRE.
    • Completion of fingerprinting and background check as required by the school district in which the student is placed.
    • Successful completion of the Practicum/Clinical Education II.
    • Completion of an application for the final Clinical Education III.
    • Completion of all professional education and specialization coursework including the ESOL documentation, prior to Clinical Education III.
    • Passing scores on all sections of the FTCE exams.

 

  • Evidence of passing scores is due by the date established by the Coordinator of Clinical Education, normally 45 days prior to the end of the semester before final internship.
  • During the clinical education year, students progress as a cohort. Ordinarily, participation as a full-time student is required. All students are required to complete 12-hours a week (minimum) of practicum during their program and a final full-time clinical education in their last semester. Placements are made for students in local school districts.
  • Transition Point Project: Students are required to complete a Transition Point Project in the fall semester prior to the final clinical requirements. Candidates must pass the Transition Point Project in order to continue the program; if a candidate fails twice, he or she will be deemed as not making academic progress and will be subject to dismissal from the program. The project requires work independent of courses. A candidate may submit only one Transition Point Project during a semester.
  • Action Research Project: Students are required to complete an Action Research Project during their final clinical requirement semester. Candidates must pass the Action Research Project in order to graduate from the program.