Program Admission Deadline Summer: March 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Degree Type: M.A.
CIP Code 13.1305
Major Code ASE
Department Code EDR
Minimum Total Hours 33
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Program Information

The M.A. in Secondary Education, English Education is designed for those with a Bachelor’s degree in the field of English and/or a related appropriate initial certification who desire to increase their competency in this subject specialization or to receive additional professional preparation in education. Graduates of their program will have a Master’s degree in Education that includes 18 graduate credit hours in English. Thus, they could be hired to teach secondary English in a private school or lower-level college English. This program does not require certification nor does it lead to certification. The cross disciplinary sequence of courses explores content area as well as technologies for the classroom. Research skills and strategies to improve instruction are included and a field experience/internship is required.

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).

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.).

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, or at least 24 upper-level credits in English or related field, from a regionally accredited university.
  • Students with fewer than 24 upper-level undergraduate course credits in English may still be accepted in the program, but they will be required to make up the deficiency in undergraduate coursework by taking additional graduate courses in English while in the program.
  • Undergraduate upper-level GPA of 3.00 or above. Students with an upper-level GPA score below a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale may still be eligible if they take the GRE and achieve a 300 combined score with a minimum of 156 verbal scale (new scale) or a 1000 combined score with a minimum verbal score of 550 (old scale).
  • An essay (300-500 words) stating educational or professional purpose for pursuing this graduate degree study.
  • A letter of recommendation from a former professor, assessing the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. If that is not possible because the applicant has been out of school for many years, a letter from a work supervisor, addressing the same key issues will be acceptable.

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates must take and successfully pass a Master’s Comprehensive Examination in English Education the last semester of their program. Note: This exam is not offered during the summer term.


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, parents 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 the academic advisor during the first semester of study.
  • Student must complete all courses as listed on planned program of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • 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 toward the degree.
  • Student must apply for graduation by deadline of term student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in TaskStream are satisfactorily completed.

Coursework Requirements Total Minimum Hours 33

Required Core (24 credit hours minimum)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
EDF 6432 Measurement for Teachers 3 None
ESE 5344 Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society 3 None
LAE 6637 Current Trends in Secondary English Education 3 LAE 4335 or LAE 4642 or Certification in English or Mass Communications Must be completed prior to internships
LIT 6934 Selected Topics in English: Methodologies for Teaching English Language & Literature 3 None Must be completed prior to internships
TSL 5085 ESOL I –Theory and Practice of Teaching English Language Learners 3 None
TSL 5xxx Applied Linguistics in Teaching Diverse Students 3 None
ENG 6916 Internship/Directed Research 3 None Students will do 2 internships in separate terms at 3 credit hours each
ENG 6916 Internship/Directed Research 3 None Students will do 2 internships in separate terms at 3 credit hours each

Approved Electives (9 credit hours)

Students will choose 9 credit hours of electives (AML, ENL, ENG, LAE or LIT) at the 5000 level or above in addition to the coursework shown above.

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

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