This program is offered partially online.
Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
Minimum Total Hours: 36
CIP Code: 13.1001
Dept. Code: EDS
Major/College Codes: TVE ED
This major shares core requirements with the M.A. in Exceptional Student Education.
Department: Teaching and Learning
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a graduate degree program in special education for individuals teaching with temporary certification and/or individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in an area other than special education. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program leads to certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and endorsement in Reading and ESOL. Students can be admitted to the major during any semester throughout the year; however, the special education core course sequence begins in the fall. Students in the M.A.T. degree program benefit from an integrated curriculum taught in six-hour blocks; mentors who are master teachers within the district that provide one-on-one mentoring for each major participant; and accelerated delivery of course content which allows for completion of the degree in one summer and four academic semesters. All students are required to conduct action research in their classrooms, investigating how they can more effectively use research-based interventions. This requires that students link theory and practice and encourages an inquiry approach to teaching.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue a master’s degree in education.
- At least one (1) letter of recommendation from a person who has observed the candidate teach and/or work with children and youth.
- Interview with the M.A.T. program faculty.
For admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the student must also demonstrate mastery of general knowledge by one of the following:
* Passing the General Knowledge Test, a portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (link to http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/postsecondary-assessment/ftce)
* 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 .GK English Language Skills and GK Reading