Degree Type: M.A.T.
CIP Code 13.1202
Major Code TEE
Department Code EDR
Minimum Total Hours 39
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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/or accreditation criteria.

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. 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) 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.

Effective Fall 2018, New College of Florida students may participate in an accelerated 4+1 program to earn the MAT in Elementary Education in one year by taking one MAT graduate course in spring of their senior year while at NCF.  Interested students should contact the School of Education for details.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Elementary Education candidates demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge and content pedagogical knowledge across subject areas.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Elementary Education candidates demonstrate self-reflection, professional growth, and ethical practice.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Elementary Education candidates use research-based practices and data to make instructional decisions.
  4. Educational Design
    • Elementary Education candidates design educational experiences that result in positive impact on student academic achievement.
    • Elementary Education candidates are proficient in integrating technology to enhance academic achievement.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Elementary Education candidates enhance learning environments to meet needs of the diverse experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students.
    • Elementary Education candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students.

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.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from a regionally accredited university, and have earned a “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) average or higher in all work attempted cumulatively or as an upper division student.
  • Admission will be determined by a holistic evaluation of undergraduate GPA and/or test scores from either the GKT or the GRE.
  • Passing scores in all sections of the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (GKT) must be within 10 years of application for certification; or a passing score on the GRE sections that equate to the GKT subtests (on or after July 1, 2015). See advisor for required scores.
  • Applicants must also submit 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 clinical and certification testing. An external course by course evaluation of the foreign degree is required with the admissions application.


TaskStream is a web-based electronic portfolio required of students in the School of Education (SOE) programs.  It provides a way to submit documents, including Critical Tasks, Transition Point Projects, Disposition Self-Assessments, and forms such as the Filed-work and Diversity Tracking Forms to instructors for feedback and assessment.  These assessments are used to evaluate candidate progress toward meeting standards set by the faculty, Florida Department of Education where applicable and pertinent professional organizations.  The SOE faculty analyzes data from the assessments and uses the data for program planning in order to ensure continuous improvement.

USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Education degree-seeking students enrolled in a course with a Critical Task, Transition Point Project, Dispositions Assessment, Field-work, or Portfolio, are required to have a subscription to Taskstream; please visit the Taskstream homepage to create an account –

Coursework Requirements Total Minimum Credit Hours 39

Required Core Courses (9 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
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 (KEY)
TSL 5086 ESOL II-Secondary Language & Literacy Acquisition in Children & Adolescents 3 PR: TSL 5085 See advisor for course registration and sequencing; Inclusive of practicum (12-hours per week)
TSL 5241 Applied Linguistics in Teaching Diverse Students 3 None
MAE 6117 Teaching Elementary Math 3 None
SCE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Science 3 Admission to School of Education and completion of General Distribution Requirements in the Natural Science area; School of Education Majors only
SSE 6617 Trends in K-6 Social Science Education 3 School of Education Majors only; Dual Track or MAT Admission
RED 6540 Assessment in Literacy 3 PR: LAE 6315, RED 6544, RED 6545, RED 6747 See advisor regarding prerequisites
LAE 6315 Writing and Writers: Trends and Issues 3 None
EDE 6328 Development & Management of Diverse Learners 3 PR: EDE 6326 Inclusive of Clinical Education II Practicum
EDG 6947 MAT Final Internship 1-9 DPR; S/U Must apply to and be approved by the Coordinator for Clinical Education

Practicum and Clinical Education

Candidates will be required to complete several field experiences and clinical education experiences throughout the teacher preparation program.  It is the policy of the SOE that a candidate who does not successfully complete a field experience or clinical education experiences will be terminated from the program.

The final clinical education experience involves observing and teaching in a classroom.  Clinical education experience sites are available in the counties served by USFSM.  Candidates should meet with an advisor to discuss eligibility for Clinical Education.

Special requirements for enrollment in the final clinical education are:

  1. Admission to the SOE.
  2. Passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test or GRE.
  3. Completion of fingerprinting and background check as required by the school district in which the student is placed.
  4. Successful completion of the Practicum/Clinical Education II.
  5. Completion of an application for the final Clinical Education III.
  6. Completion of all professional education and specialization coursework including the ESOL documentation, prior to Clinical Education III.
  7. Passing scores on all sections of the FTCE exams. Evidence of passing scores is due by the date established by the Coordinator of Clinical Education, normally 45 days prior to the end of the semester before final 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 Clinical Education 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 clinical requirements. Candidates must pass the Transition Point Project in order to continue the program; if the candidate fails twice, he or she will be deemed as 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 clinical requirement semester. Candidates must pass the Action Research Project in order to graduate from the program. The project requires work independent of courses.

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) or GRE, 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 clinical education semester (normally 45 days before the semester prior to final internship).
  • Completion of all required coursework having maintained a 3.00 GPA or better.
  • Grades below “C” are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • At the time of graduation, only those courses completed within the previous five (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.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate study in the semester in which they graduate.

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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