This degree will prepare students to engage in educational settings but not limited to settings such as museums, non-profit organizations, community based organizations and businesses where teaching and training are an integral part of the organization.
All majors will be assigned to a specified sequence of courses to be followed throughout the program enrollment. Coursework will include internships and field experience. Field experiences usually begin during the second semester of student’s enrollment with increasing involvement throughout the program.
Please be advised that degree and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria. The current program of study includes both coursework and extensive field experience in elementary, middle, secondary or other appropriate educational settings to enable students to integrate theory with teaching practice. Students are responsible for providing transportation to their field experience and internship sites. Students who withdraw from or who have unsatisfactory grades in the field experiences or internships must petition the college before they will be allowed to repeat the internships. Students must have an overall USF GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.5 in the combined Professional Core and Teaching Specialization prior to final internship and graduation. Part-time students in Education (those planning to take 9 hours or fewer per semester) must meet program and internship requirements associated with the program. These requirements include being available to participate in the internships during regular school or business hours. Because of state and national accreditation requirements, students who take any of the required professional education core courses or education specialization courses at institutions accredited by either the Higher Learning Commission, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the New England Commission of Higher Education, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or the WASC Senior College and University Commission may be required to submit additional assignments to meet graduation requirements for the USF College of Education.
In addition to the courses listed below, students must complete “Preliminary Requirements for Students entering Teacher Education Programs.”