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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Elementary Education (AEE)
with a Concentration in Science and Mathematics (MSM)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 13.1202
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (EDR)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
College of Education
Phone: 813-974-1804


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

Plan I Option
A program of study designed for those with a bachelor's degree and certification in the discipline who desire to increase their competence in elementary education curriculum. This program is not designed for those seeking initial certification.

The Plan III non-certification option is not available in this degree program.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
For admission, all programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions or an international equivalent.

In order to be considered for admission, first-time or transferring graduate applicants must:

  • Have an earned bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Have earned a B (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or higher in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working in a baccalaureate degree in a regionally accredited institution, or GRE with a preferred score of 540 for math and 460 for verbal if the GPA is between 2.5 and 2.999
  • Have an earned, valid, professional teaching certificate OR
  • Be eligible for professional certification through the completion of a Bachelor's Degree (state-approved program) in Elementary Education

Exceptions to minimum requirements will be considered for applicants who have earned National Board Certification and who have maintained an outstanding professional record.

For 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., GRE scores , etc.)

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

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.

A minimum of 33 hours including 6 hours of process core, 6 hours of program core, and 21 hours of emphasis area courses. National Board Certified Teachers will be permitted to substitute 3 hours from NBC studies for one elective course with receipt of transcript from National Board Program. Please contact program coordinator for more information.





Process Core


EDF6215 OR

Learning Principles Applied to Instruction
Child Development
Foundations of Educational Research
Writers and Writing
Literacy and Technology
Teacher Researcher Methods in Reading
Elective Trends Course in area of focus




Concentrations available:

Elementary Curriculum (MEL)
Science & Mathematics (MSM)

The Early Childhood (MEA) and Language Arts (MLG) Concentrations are unavailable for admissions at this time.

Elementary Curriculum (MEL)


RED6748 OR
LAE6316 OR

Teacher Research
Seminar in Curriculum Research
Trends in Literacy in a Diverse Society
Literature and the Learner


Elective Requirements


Elective courses may be chosen from a variety of Departments. Possibilities are 6000 level courses in math, science, social studies, ESOL, and technology (all located in Secondary Education Department). Students may also choose from Early Childhood (EEC) courses located in the Childhood Education and Literacy Studies Department.



Transition Point Projects
Students must successfully complete a Transition Point Project after each block of courses, culminating in an action research project.






College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

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