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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Reading and Language Arts Education (SRD)

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Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Education
Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education (L-CACHE) Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Jenifer Schneider
Phone: 813-974-3460


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Program Information

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is only offered in conjunction with a concentration area. Please see the area of concentration (listed alphabetically in the catalog) to determine whether or not the Curriculum and Instruction degree is available in your area of interest.

The Ed.S. degree consists of a minimum of 36 hours beyond the master's degree and is flexible in its requirements. The degree is designed to provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop competencies in areas of special needs and interests. Consequently, the degree program has few required courses, and each student's program is individually planned in consultation with a faculty program committee. Courses at the 5000 level are inappropriate; and a minimum of 15 hours should be taken at the 7000 level.


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. Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

For 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 test score (minimum of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 80 internet-based). See for further clarification and possible exemptions. Please check with program regarding the policy on evaluation of transcripts. For more information, please visit

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Program Degree Requirements





Reading and Language Arts


The program requires a minimum of 36 hours beyond the Master's degree, including coursework, written comprehensive examination, and a project. The Ed.S. program is separate from the Ph.D. It is individually planned with an advisor to include coursework in areas such as reading, elementary education, literacy, and research.


Concentration Requirements






Comprehensive Exam Requirements

Comprehensive Exam Required



Oral and/or written




The student is required to plan and successfully complete an individual thesis or project. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge gained in the program to the resolution of significant needs arising from professional practice. A minimum of nine (9) semester hours of thesis enrollment is required in the Ed.S. degree program. Students are required to enroll for a minimum of 2 semester hours in the 6971 thesis course each semester while working on the Ed.S. project and for 2 semester hours in the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students who have not completed the project after enrolling in the required 9 hours must continue to enroll in a minimum of two (2) credit hours of 6971 Thesis each semester, including the semester in which the project is submitted to the College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Graduate School (School Psychology students). Students must have an oral defense of the project/thesis with their project/thesis supervisory committee.

Individual areas of specialization may have additional requirements. For information contact the department/program offering the concentration.






College Degree Requirements

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


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


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