Degree Type: M.A.
CIP Code 13.0101
Major Code EDD
Department Code LEA
Minimum Total Hours 35
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Program Information

The M.A. in Education is a selective degree program designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree and who seek to advance their career in an educational role in business, non-profit, and educational settings.  It is appropriate for working professionals because there are online and evening, as well as some Saturday, classes. This program of study does not lead to state certification or licensure; therefore, students who seek teaching certification should consider the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program.  This degree program offers student an opportunity to pursue an area of concentration from the following:

  • Human Resource Education (35-36 credit hours) (HRE)
  • Online Teaching and Learning (35 credit hours) (OTL)

The interdisciplinary sequence of courses enables students to individualize the plan of study consistent with program strengths and personal career goals.  Research skills and strategies to improve education are included.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Candidates demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge for their respective roles.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Candidates engage in reflective and ethical practice as educators.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Candidates make professional educational decisions drawing on analysis of data and research from a variety of sources
  4. Educational Design
    • Candidates design educational experiences that result in successful learning.
    • Candidates demonstrate proficiency in educational technology aligned to the NETS-T standards.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Candidates construct learning environments that reflect the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students and the larger world.
    • Candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students


The program is offered through the USFSM’s College of Education, which is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). USFSM is accredited by the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better GPA in upper division coursework; or
  • Have earned a graduate degree with a 3.5 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A personal statement (300-500 words) stating educational or professional purpose for pursuing this graduate degree.   Because this is a selective graduate program, the personal statement will be closely reviewed in the decision process.
  • A current resume

Note:  students with an upper level undergraduate degree with a GPA below 3.0 may still be eligible for admission if they take the GRE and achieve a 1000 combined score (old scale) or 300 combined score (new scale).

International Applicants

  • All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:
    • An external, course-by-course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
    • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
    • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).


TaskStream is the USFSM COE’s electronic document submission system required for students in all programs in the COE.  This web-based software enables students to build media-rich online portfolios showcasing their learning achievements to share with peers, instructors, parents and employer; submit documents, projects and other assignments to instructors for feedback and assessment; and maintain portable samples of work products and accomplishments even after they graduate.  The COE uses the system to ensure continuous improvement in our programs preparing candidates to work in schools.  A subscription to TaskStream is required for students pursuing programs in the COE.

Graduation Requirements

  • A planned program of study should be completed and filed with academic advisor before or during first term of study.
  • Successful completion of all courses as listed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • Grades below a ‘C’ are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • At the time of graduation, only those courses completed within the previous 5 years will count toward the degree.
  • Student must apply for graduation by deadline of the term in which the student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in TaskStream are satisfactorily completed.

Required Coursework Total Minimum Credit Hours 35-36

Required Core Requirements (21 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EDF 6215 Learning Principles Applied to Instruction 4 Consent of Instructor
EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research 3 EDF 6432 or DPR
EDF 6606 Social and Econ. Foundations of American Education 4 None
EDG 6931 Selected Topics in Education 3 DPR Topic to be determined by program faculty.
EDG 6931 Selected Topics in Education 3 DPR Topic to be determined by program faculty.
EDG 6931 Selected Topics: Transition Point Project I (focused on  synthesizing core) 2 DPR Taken after or concurrently with completion of core requirements (listed above)
EDG 6931 Selected Topics: Transition Point Project II (focused on the concentration) 2 DPR Taken after or concurrently with completion of concentration requirements (listed below)

Required Courses – Concentration in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) (14 credit hours)

EDF 6284 Problem in Instructional  Design for Computers 3 Computer literacy
EDF 6944 Field Experience 4 Consent of Instructor
EME 6613 Development of Technology-based Instruction 3 EDF 6284
EDG 6931 Special Topics: Culture of  Online Learning 4 DPR

Program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates and Florida State Department of Education program approval standards if applicable to this program.  Please contact program academic advisor for more information.

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