Feb 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Mathematics Education (6-12), M.A.T.

College of Education  
Department: Teaching and Learning 

This Major shares core requirements with the Middle Grades Mathematics (5-9), M.A.T.  


The M.A.T. in Mathematics Education (6-12) is designed for individuals seeking initial certification to teach High School or Middle School mathematics (grades 6-12) while working towards a Master’s degree. It is planned for graduates of B.A. Liberal Arts Mathematics programs or for graduates of other programs who have completed at least 30 credit hours of mathematics courses that include six (6) hours of calculus, three (3) hours of linear or abstract algebra, three (3) hours of number theory.

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

Accreditation: Accredited by the Florida Department of Education, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  For more information: https://www.usf.edu/education/about-us/accreditation.aspx

Admission Information

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

  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have completed 21 credit hours in mathematics at or above the level of college algebra and a passing score on the Florida Subject Area Exam in Mathematics 6-12 (FTCE)
    • have completed at least 30 credit hours in mathematics at or above the level of College Algebra

International Students
In addition to the 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.).

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours:  40 Credit Hours

  • Shared Core Requirements - 9 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 6 Credit Hours
  • Trends - 3 Credit Hours
  • Specialization - 12 Credit Hours
  • Practicum/Internship - 10 Credit Hours

Students without appropriate ESOL training and/or a measurement course must complete graduate course(s) to satisfy those two program prerequisites. Students admitted without a 30-hour mathematics background will have to take undergraduate course work to insure that their background reflects at least:

  • 6 hours of Calculus
  • 3 hours of linear algebra or abstract algebra
  • 3 hours of Number Theory or Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 hours of geometry
  • 3 hours of History of Mathematics
  • 3 hours of Probability or Statistics

Any pre-requisite undergraduate credit hours taken will not apply to the minimum curriculum requirements for the Major.

Additional Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Current Trends in Teaching Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Specialization Requirements (12 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students may waive up to 6 hours of course credit based upon approval of their academic advisor and the Department. (Other coursework would be taken in lieu of the 6 hours)

Practicum, Internship, Field Work, etc. (10 Credit Hours)


Both the Mathematics 6 – 12 test and the Professional Education test of the FCTE must be passed prior to completion of internship

Comprehensive Examination:

Passing a comprehensive exam is required prior to graduation. Students should contact their academic advisor to make arrangements to take the comprehensive exam in last fall or spring semester it can only be taken while enrolled in at least 2 credits. Making these arrangements two semesters prior to graduation is advised.