Sep 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (ESOL and Reading Endorsements) B.S.

Plans of Study

The USF College of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards through the CAEP Accreditation system. All teacher education programs must meet the requirements of Chapter 5.066, Rules of the State Board of Education of Florida, and have “Approved Program” status.

The USF College of Education offers an undergraduate degree program recognized for accomplishing defined learning outcomes, supported by a foundation of applied research, and dedicated to meeting the needs of the diverse communities and students it serves. In pursuit of this mission, faculty in the College of Education is guided by a respect for evidence, the pursuit of scholarship, and the ethics of community responsibility. The College of Education seeks to prepare exemplary teachers and other educational personnel for roles in a diverse and changing society. It promotes lifelong learning and continually strives to meet the educational needs of all learners.

The College of Education is committed to a continuous and systematic examination of the professional program of teacher education. Each subdivision of the college maintains professional standards through ongoing appraisals of candidate learning outcomes.

For information concerning required courses in the major, students should consult the “Programs” section accessible from the USF site. Other important information is available from the College of Education web site

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

University Admissions - College of Education

Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Admission Requirements for Students Entering Teacher Education Programs

Students who wish to teach in a particular subject area or field should begin preliminary coursework during their first year in college. However, students are not admitted to the teacher education program until they complete the admissions requirements listed below.

Students may apply for admission to the College of Education by contacting the Academic Advisor at or (727) 873-4507.

Admission to the upper-level teacher education program is contingent upon meeting the following preliminary college requirements:

1. Completion of the University’s General Education requirements with a minimum grade of C- in general education core. (See General Education Information  section of the catalog.) Students with a Florida public AA degree will meet all general education requirements. However, general education courses with a grade of D+ or below will need to be repeated for a grade of C- or above to fulfill prerequisites for the College of Education. Note: Students should contact an academic advisor to make certain they are enrolled in courses appropriate to their intended major.

2. Completion of all portions of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) with passing scores. No exemptions or waivers accepted.

3. Completion of Prerequisites 

4. Minimum GPA: An overall minimum GPA of 2.50 on all attempted hours.

5. Additional criteria as may be established by each program. Credit requirements in each major include courses in the following categories: Professional Education Core, Teaching Specialization Preparation, and Liberal Arts Exit Requirements. For questions concerning General Education Requirements, refer to the General Education Information  section of the catalog. See specific requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Education below.

Time Limitations

The College of Education may accept professional education and specialization coursework completed at this university or at other accredited institutions as follows:

Courses completed within the last five years may be accepted if all competencies are met.

Courses completed over five years but less than ten years ago must have the approval of the faculty of the program in which the equivalent course is taught.

Courses completed ten years ago or longer will count as elective credit only.

Application Information

The admission process to the College of Education (COE) is separate and in addition to admission to USF. After receiving acceptance to USF, students should attend a new student advising session where they will receive information about the degree program and register for courses for their first semester. Call (727) 873-4511 to schedule an advising session.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Education B.S.

Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses. 

 Students are advised that the Education specialization may require an enrollment of more than the traditional four semesters of the junior and senior years in order to complete the program specialization courses and the required sequence of internships.

The Program of Study is designed to address Florida Education Competencies.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to Education – 3 credit hours.

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

FOR EDUCATION MAJORS: General education courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution’s existing catalog and delineated in the Statewide Course Numbering System.

Prerequisites Courses - Education B.S.

Note: The following prerequisites are required for all Education majors.

Required Courses: (110 credit hours)

Major Requirements Courses: 22 courses; 68 credit hours

Additional Requirements

Students are advised that the Education specialization may require an enrollment of more than the traditional four semesters of the junior and senior years in order to complete the program specialization courses and the required sequence of internships.

The Program of Study is designed to address Florida Education Competencies.

Internship Experience - Education B.S.

Qualifications for Internship Experience

The final internship experience involves observing and teaching both in an elementary and exceptional education classroom. Internship sites include the entire spectrum of educational settings available in the local school districts served by USF. Students may not enroll in additional courses during the semester in which the final internship occurs. Special requirements for enrollment in the final internship and seminar courses are:

  • Completion of General Education, “State Communication and State Mathematics Requirements -formerly Gordon Rule,” and all other program prerequisites (includes passing all sections of the General Knowledge Test, GKT) prior to the first internship.
  • Documentation of passing scores on all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), (General Knowledge Test, Subject Area Exam in both Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education, and Professional Education) prior to the college-stated deadline.
  • Completion of an application for the final internship by the posted deadlines. Applications for final internship are available through a COE Internship Application Portal in Canvas. Completion of all professional education and specialization course work.
  • A combined grade point average of 2.5 in professional education and specialization course work as well as an overall USF GPA of 2.5.
  • Students must earn a “C-” grade or higher in required major courses. S/U grades will not apply toward qualifying for internship.
  • Students must complete all other requirements as prescribed by their program.
  • Some school districts have additional requirements, which must also be met by the application deadlines.  Please contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Heather Duncan, for information related to Hillsborough and Hernando school districts.
  • Interns are guests of the school districts in which they are placed and as such they may be removed from their placement with or without cause by either the school or the college. If students are asked to leave their schools for any reason, the college is under no obligation to find another placement until the following semester and/or until remediation activities have taken place.

Internship Application Requirements and Dates of Importance

Complete online applications by the deadline date (see below under Final Internship. (Late Applications will not be accepted).

Application Requirements


EDG 3943 - Integrated Clinical Experience Grades K-5  : Students spend two full teacher days per week in a supervised in-school experience and attend seminars as scheduled.


EEX 4880 - Integrated Clinical Experience: ESE Secondary 6-12  : Students spend two full teacher days per week in a supervised internship experience in classroom settings and attend seminars as scheduled.

Final Internship:

EDG 4944 - Integrated Final Internship  : The teacher candidate is required to demonstrate professional competencies during one semester of fulltime internship in a public elementary school and attend seminars. This internship will be split between a general education classroom and an ESE classroom; eight weeks in each setting.   All candidates will also be completing a Teacher Work Sample as part of this capstone experience.  (5 days/week)


EDG 4934 - Final Intern Seminar  

Fingerprinting Information

All school districts in Florida require students to complete the fingerprinting process prior to beginning date of internships. The cost of the fingerprinting process is the sole responsibility of the intern. Most Florida school districts screen in accordance with Florida Statute 435.03 or 435.04. Pinellas County uses 435.04 (Level 2) screening standard. Be sure to consult school district policy for the district in which you will be interning.

Program Portfolio Requirements

The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the National Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards through the CAEP Accreditation system require all accredited programs to document individual student performance based on state and national standards. Students are required to demonstrate their achievement of state standards with portfolio assessment one time during coursework and one time during final internship. This program requires Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and ESOL Competencies portfolios. Students are required to upload their critical assignments to the Foliodata system for instructors to grade. Students must reach 80% proficiency on all critical assignments to pass the course. This is indicated in the course syllabi and each submission is evaluated by the course instructor. The entire portfolio process will be introduced during EDG 4012 – the Standards Based Education course.

Teacher Education Program College Requirements for Graduation

  • To be certified by the College of Education for graduation, a student must have earned a minimum of 120-semester hours’ credit.
  • Successful completion of all program requirements for ESOL Endorsement and Reading Endorsement (if applicable).
  • A minimum overall USF grade-point average of 2.50 or a minimum GPA of 2.50 in teaching specialization courses and a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the Professional Education sequence
  • Satisfactory completion of the final internship.
  • Passing scores on the Elementary and Exceptional Student Education FTCE Subject Area and Professional Education subtests prior to graduation
  • Successful completion of the major requirements in a state-approved teacher education program (which includes general preparation, teaching specialization, and professional preparation).
  • A minimum of 8 credits in professional courses in addition to internship and 12 credits in specialization courses must have been earned at USF.
  • A minimum of 30 hours after admittance to a Bachelor’s of Science in Education program and meet all University requirements.
  • All critical assignments must be uploaded to Foliodata system, evaluated by the course instructor and earn a successful completion at the “Met” level on all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs)

Education B.S. - Additional Information

GPA Requirement

An overall minimum GPA of 2.50 on all attempted hours.

Grading Requirement

A grade of C- or better must be earned in all coursework.


This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Research Opportunities - College of Education

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914 - Advanced Undergraduate Research Experience  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research (HIPUR) is able to assist with further inquiries.

Academic Advising - Education B.S.

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Tampa, please select the following link for information about scheduling an  advising appointment:

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of Sarasota-Manatee, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment:

For prospective and current College of Education students with a home campus of St. Pete, please select the following link for information about scheduling an advising appointment:

4 Year Plan of Study - Education B.S.


Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

  • $45,000 - $47,000

Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)

Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2

Semester 4 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3

Semester 7 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 8 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 9 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 4

Year 4

Semester 11 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 12


2 Year Plan of Study - Education B.S.


Year 1

Year 2

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 12