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    Apr 04, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S.


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This program is offered fully online.

Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlineshttp://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 36
Level: Specialist
CIP Code: 13.0301
Dept. Code: CNI
Major/College Codes: CUR ED
Approved 1971

Concentrations:

Adult Education (SAE)
Counselor Education (SGC)
Early Childhood Education (SNK)
Elementary Education (SEE)
Higher Education, Administration (SHA)
Higher Education, Community College Teaching (SCT)
Instructional Technology (SIT)
Interdisciplinary Education (SIE)
Mathematics Education (SMA)
Measurement and Evaluation (SME)
Reading-Language Arts Education (SRD)
School Psychology (SSP)
Science Education (SSC)
Special Education (SSE)
Vocational Education (SVO)

Note – not all concentrations are available every semester. Prior to submitting the admission application, check with the Graduate Director to confirm if the concentration of interest is available.

Contact Information

College: Education
Departments:

  • Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE)
  • Educational and Psychological Studies
  • Teaching and Learning

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


The Ed.S. degree is designed to provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop competencies in areas of special needs and interests. Consequently, the major has few required courses, and each student’s program of study is individually planned in consultation with a gradute faculty committee.

Admission Information

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

Students are considered for this degree on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator prior to applying.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum hours 36 hours minimum

Concentration - 18 Credit Hours Minimum
Electives - 9 Credit Hours minimum
Thesis/Project - 2 Credit Hours Minimum
Remaining hours selected with Grad Director - 7 Credit Hours

Note: Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study, and/or academic deficiencies.  Courses at the 5000 level are inappropriate; and a minimum of 15 hours should be taken at the 7000 level.

Core Requirements


Concentration Requirements (18 Credit Hours Minimum)


See concentrations below

Adult Education (SAE) Concentration


Prepares practitioners and teachers for the broad field of Adult Education. This includes public and proprietary schools, and non-school based settings such as business and industry, the professional associations, community agencies, and governmental units.

Counselor Education (SGC) Concentration


Designed to provide professional counselors with an opportunity to develop competencies in areas of special needs and interests. Consequently, each student’s program is individually planned in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Early Childhood Education (SNK) Concentration


Elementary Education (SEE) Concentration


Prepares in-school leaders with expertise in instruction and program development in a variety of educational settings.

Higher Education, Administration (SHA) Concentration


Higher Education, Community College Teaching (SCT) Concentration


Instructional Technology (SIT) Concentration


Designed to prepare students for leadership in technology related positions.  Courses include an array of topics including instructional design, distance learning, authoring, instructional graphics, and project management.

Interdisciplinary Education (SIE) Concentration


Provides a framework to support innovative, boundary-crossing inquiry among students and faculty across campus. Designed to foster research that approaches problems in education from interdisciplinary perspectives, the Concentration allows students who have academic backgrounds and interests that span multiple disciplines to construct an individualized program of study grounded in at least two fields, one of which may be outside the College of Education. Students who have the ability and desire to integrate study and research between at least two disciplines/fields to address questions in education broadly defined are encouraged to apply to the Interdisciplinary track.

Mathematics Education (SMA) Concentration


Prepares specialists for classroom instruction or leadership/supervisory roles.

Measurement and Evaluation (SME) Concentration


Prepares practitioners and teachers for the broad field of Adult Education. This includes public and proprietary schools, and non-school based settings such as business and industry, the professional associations, community agencies, and governmental units.

This Concentration is individually planned with an advisor to include corsework in systemaic planning, test development, program evaluations, research design, and statistical analysis.

Reading-Language Arts Education (SRD) Concentration


Prepares leaders in the field of literacy. The curriculum is designed to promote expertise in literacy research, theory, and practice. Emphasizes a critical analysis of reading policy and the need for applied, community-based research. The concentration extends students’ research and analysis skills so they may conduct program evaluations to guide classroom practice and school-based reform.

Students interested in this concentration should have:

  • A 35th percentile GRE score in the verbal and quantitative sections; at least a 3 on analytic writing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.50 Masters
  • Proof of educational or professional experience
  • Proof of initial certification
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview
  • Concept Paper or goal statement

School Psychology (SSP) Concentration


For the School Psychology concentration approximately 82 graduate semester hours is required beyond the bachelor’s degree, and includes two years of practica experiences and a full year, 1,500 clock hour internship, and a thesis or research project. Completion of the Ed.S. degree requires three 3 years of full-time study, including summer semesters beyond the bachelors degree. A Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is earned by most students during the first year of their Ed.S. degree program. However, the M.A. is not considered a terminal degree and is not sufficient for state certification in school psychology.

Note: Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study and or academic deficiencies.

Science Education (SSC) Concentration


Special Education (SSE) Concentration


Vocational Education (SVO) Concentration


Electives (9 Credit Hours)


Graduate level elective courses (9 credit hours) are chosen based upon the student’s individual needs and are approved by the Graduate Advisor.  For some concentrations electives are selected form a set list related to the Concentration.

Students in the Instructional Technology Concentration must select their electives from teh following list:

Comprehensive Exam


Students must complete an oral or written comprehensive exam.

Thesis/Project (2 Credit Hours Minimum)


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. Students are required to enroll for a minimum of 2 semester hours in the thesis or project course each semester while working on the Ed.S. thesis or project and for 2 semester hours in the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students who have not completed the project after enrolling in the required 9 hours must continue to enroll in a minimum of two (2) credit hours of Thesis or Project each semester, including the semester in which the thesis or project is submitted to the College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Office of Graduate Studies (School Psychology students). Students must have an oral defense of the project/thesis with their project/thesis supervisory committee.Individual areas of specialization may have additional requirements. For information contact the department offering the major/concentration.

Oral defense of the thesis/project

Remaining Hours


Remaining hours needed to meet the minimum for the degree are selected in consultation with the Grad Director.  Typically students take additional thesis or project hours.

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