Degree Type: M.A.T.
CIP Code 13.1202
Major Code TEE
Department Code EDR
Minimum Total Hours 39
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Program Information

The Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Elementary Education is a program designed to prepare outstanding elementary teachers (K-6). Students enter this program after completing baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. A new cohort begins each spring. Successful graduates earn Florida teaching certification in elementary education, K-6, with an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement. Program graduates learn, lead, inspire, and transform their schools and communities.

Through coursework and supervised field experiences, M.A.T. graduates will demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge; self-reflection, professional growth and ethical practice; use of research-based practices and data to make instructional decisions; design educational experiences that result in positive impact on student academic achievement; demonstrate proficiency integrating technology; enhance learning environments to meet the needs of diverse experiences, perspectives, and cultures of students; and communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students.

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and our partner school districts (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto) have entered into partnerships to ensure that candidates have a uniquely focused experience in the public schools. School sites have been selected for onsite instruction and excellent mentoring.

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

  • Applicants must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.
  • All programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions or an international equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university, and have earned a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or higher in all work attempted cumulatively or as an upper division student, or
  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA for the preceding baccalaureate, or a 3.5 GPA for the graduate degree.
  • Passing scores in all sections of the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam
  • A personal statement (500 words) that addresses the applicant’s experiences (including any prior experience working with children) and what prompted to want to become an elementary education teacher.
  • Current resume
  • Interview, if applicable

International Applicants

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S. must, according to university policy, submit a TOEFL score (minimum of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 80 internet-based test) with the admissions application. See the International Admissions website for further clarification and exemptions. Please check with the program regarding the policy on evaluation of transcripts.

International students entering this degree program must obtain a social security number for purposes of the practicum, the internship and certification testing. An external course by course evaluation of the foreign degree is required with the admissions application.

Coursework Requirements Total Minimum Credit Hours 39

Required Core Courses (9 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
RED 6514 The Reading Process in the Elementary Grades 3 None
EDE 6326 Instructional Planning for Diverse Learners 3 None
EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement 3 None Process Core

Required Concentration Courses (30 credit hours):

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
TSL 5086 ESOL II-Secondary Language & Literacy Acquisition in Children & Adolescents 3 TSL 5085 See advisor for course registration and sequencing. Inclusive of practicum (12 hours per week).
TSL 5242 ESOL III-Language Principles, Acquisition & Assessment for English Language Learners 3 TSL 5086 See advisor for course registration and sequencing.
MAE 6117 Teaching Elementary Math 3 None
SCE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Science 3 Admission to College of Education and completion of requirements in the natural science area.
SSE 6617 Trends in K-6 Social Science Education 3 Admission to College of Education
RED 6540 Assessment in Literacy 3 LAE 6315, RED 6544, RED 6545, RED 6747 See advisor regarding prerequisites
LAE 6315 Writing and Writers: Trends and Issues 3 None
EDG 6931 Special Topics: Classroom Management & the Developing Child 3 None
EDG 6947 MAT Final Internship 6 DPR. S/U only

Practicum and Internship

During the clinical education year, students progress as a cohort.  Ordinarily, participation as a full-time student is required.  All students are required to complete 12 hours a week (minimum) of practicum during their program and a final full-time internship in their last semester. Placements are made for students in local school districts.

Transition Point Project

Students are required to complete a Transition Point Project in the fall semester prior to the final internship. Candidates must pass the Transition Point Project in order to continue the program; if the candidate fails twice, he or she is not making academic progress and will be subject to dismissal from the program. The project requires work independent of courses. A candidate may submit only one Transition Point Project during a semester.

Action Research Project

Students are required to complete an Action Research Project during their final internship semester. Candidates must pass the Action Research Project in order to graduate from the program. The project requires work independent of courses.


TaskStream is the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education’s electronic document submission system required for students in all programs in the College of Education. This Web-based software enables students to build media-rich online portfolios showcasing their learning achievements that they can share with peers, instructors, and employers; 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 College of Education uses the system to ensure continuous improvement in our programs preparing candidates to work in schools. A subscription to TaskStream is required for students in the College of Education.

Graduation Requirements

  • A planned program of study should be completed and filed with academic advisor during first term of study.
  • Students must pass all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE):  the General Knowledge test (GKT,) the Professional Ed Exam, and the Subject Area Exam in Elementary Ed K-6 and must submit an original copy of the results to the college prior to their final internship semester.
  • Completion of all required coursework having maintained a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Grades below “C” are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • At the time of graduation, only those courses completed within the previous 5 years will count for the degree.
  • Student must apply for graduation in the term the student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in TaskStream are satisfactorily completed.

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.

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