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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Science Education (TSC)

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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
CIP Code: 13.1316
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 39

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (EDI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Stephen Thornton
Phone: 813-974-4855
Email: thornton@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/seced/science/scema.htm


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Major Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Science Education program prepares students to teach science at the middle or high school levels. There are four science subject areas that students can choose from: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics. The MAT program is a state approved program for certification in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, but not Earth Science. However, students who complete the MAT in Earth Science can apply directly to the State for certification. Students interested in certification in Earth Science should seek academic advising to identify how this impacts initial teacher certification and reciprocity with other states. Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Science Education should have a degree in a science discipline (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, earth science) that is taught in a middle or high school, or a closely related field.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division coursework in the Baccalaureate degree or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution

For admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the student must demonstrate mastery of general knowledge by one of the following:

* Passing the General Knowledge Test, a portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (link to http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/postsecondary-assessment/ftce)
Or
* Effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C., on test sections of the GRE revised General Test GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the passage of House Bill 433 amended s. 1012.56, FS, to eliminate the obsolete option of achieving a passing score on the CLAST earned prior to July 1, 2002, to satisfy the general knowledge requirement.

International Students
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:

  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
  • Other information as required by the major of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

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Major Requirements

The courses required for the M.A.T. in Science Education are listed below.  Please check with the program for other program requirements.

 
TOTAL MINIMUM HOURS39 hours
 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

12

EDF6432
ESE5342
ESE5344

TSL5325
SCE5564
SCE5325
SCE5337
SCE6416
SCE6456
SCE6634
SCE6938


Measurement for Teachers
Teaching the Adolescent Learner
Classroom Management for a Diverse School
  and Society
ESOL Education in Content Areas
Reading and Communication Science Education
Methods for Middle Grades Science Education
Methods for Secondary Science Education
Teaching Secondary School Biology
Teaching Secondary School Physical and Earth Science
Current Trends in Secondary Science Education
Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum

3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3


 
Concentrations
Students select from the following Concentrations:
Biology
SCE 6947 Internship6 hours
(PR: CI and passing scores of FTCE exam)
  • Students' participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam
  • Students content degree or equivalent (an admission's requirement)
Chemistry
SCE 6947 Internship6 hours
(PR: CI and passing scores of FTCE exam)
  • Students' participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam
  • Students content degree or equivalent (an admission's requirement)
Earth & Space Science
SCE 6947 Internship6 hours
(PR: CI and passing scores of FTCE exam)
  • Students' participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam
  • Students content degree or equivalent (an admission's requirement)
Physics
SCE 6947 Internship6 hours
(PR: CI and passing scores of FTCE exam)
  • Students' participation in the internship experience in classes that correspond to the specific area in which he or she will be certified.
  • Passing score on the appropriate subject area exam
  • Students content degree or equivalent (an admission's requirement)
 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

A written narrative exam tailored to the individual student. Exam needs to be completed by two weeks before final exam week of the student's graduating semester. Exams will only be accepted during fall or spring semester, unless previous contract is established with the student's advisor.

 

Accelerated Program Options:

The MAT in Science Education has the following Accelerated Program Options. Specific requirements are on the following pages.

BS-MAT: Biomedical Sciences/ Science Education
BA-MAT: Chemistry /Science Education
BS-MAT: Environmental Biology /Science Education
BS-MAT: Environmental Microbiology /Science Education
BS-MAT: Integrative Animal Biology /Science Education
BS-MAT: Interdisciplinary Sciences /Science Education
BS-MAT: Marine Biology /Science Education
BA-MAT: Physics /Science Education

Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Program in Biomedical Sciences /Science Education
The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the College of Arts and Sciences degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified science teachers at the secondary level.

This program intends for students to complete a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during their senior year of their B.S. in Biomedical Sciences.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-one (21) semester hours in a science concentration (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics) plus 9 hours in minor science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

 


Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requiremens for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs. B.S. in Biomedical Sciences requirements: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/pdf/cat1213/08ACADEMICPOL.pdf
M.A.T. in Science Education: see above

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements
This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences
M.A.T. in Science Education

According to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, the B.S. in Biomedical Sciences students will take 21 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed below. Out of this 21 credits, 12 credits will be shared with the MAT Science Education program. The shared courses are listed below:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Biomedical Science undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Graduate School.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. A minimum of 21 hours in a major science content area of concentration (e.g., chemistry, biology, physics) plus 9 hours in minor science content area are required to teach secondary school. Note, to teach secondary science in a specialty area (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics) the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in that specialty area with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.S./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.

Accelerated B.A./M.A.T. Program in Chemistry /Science Education
The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the Department of Chemistry degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified chemistry teachers at the secondary level.

This program intends for students to complete a B.A. in Chemistry (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during the senior year of their B.A. in Chemistry.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the B.A. in Chemistry major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-one (21) semester hours in chemistry plus 9 hours in minor science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

 


Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requirements for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs.

BA in Chemistry - All Chemistry, BA students will complete FLENT, FLEX and Summer Enrollment requirements as well as graduation requirements listed in the catalog: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/pdf/cat1213/08ACADEMICPOL.pdf
M.A.T. in Science Education: see above

Shared B.A./M.A.T. Requirements
This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.A. in Chemistry
M.A.T. in Science Education

According to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, the Chemistry, B.A. students will take 21 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed above. Of this 21 credits, 12 credits will be shared with the M.A.T. Science Education program. The shared courses are listed below:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.A./M.A.T. Chemistry/Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Chemistry undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.A. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Graduate School.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. A minimum of 21 hours in major science content area of concentration (plus 9 hours in minor science content area) are required to teach secondary school. Note, to teach secondary chemistry the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in chemistry with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.A./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.


Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Program in Environmental Biology /Science Education
This program intends for students to complete a Biology B.S. Environmental Biology major (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during the senior year of their Biology BS (Environmental Biology) major.

Target students and expected outcomes
The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the Department of Integrative Biology degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified biology teachers at the secondary level.

Admisison Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the Biology B.S. Environmental Biology major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-five (25) semester hours in biology plus 5 hours of upper level work in math or supporting science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

 

Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requiremens for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs.

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements
This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.S. in Environmental Biology
M.A.T. in Science Education

Twelve credits of upper level unassigned 3000 or 4000 electives will be replaced by the following:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

 

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Biology (Environmental Biology)/Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Biology B.S. Environmental Biology undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.A. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. Note, to teach secondary biology the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in biology with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the accelerated B.A./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.


Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Program in Environmental Microbiology /Science Education
This program intends for students to complete a Biology B.S. Environmental Microbiology major (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during the senior year of their Biology BS Environmental Microbiology major.

Target students and expected outcomes
The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the Department of Integrative Biology degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified biology teachers at the secondary level.

Admisison Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the Biology B.S. Environmental Microbiology major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-five (25) semester hours in biology plus 5 hours of upper level work in math or supporting science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

 

Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requiremens for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs.

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements
This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.S. in Environmental Microbiology
M.A.T. in Science Education

Twelve credits of upper level unassigned 3000 or 4000 electives will be replaced by the following:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

 

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Biology (Environmental Biology)/Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Biology B.S. Environmental Biology undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.A. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. Note, to teach secondary biology the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in biology with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the accelerated B.A./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.


Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Program in Integrative Animal Biology /Science Education
This program intends for students to complete a Biology B.S. Integrative Animal Biology major (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during the senior year of their Biology BS Integrative Animal Biology major.

Target students and expected outcomes
The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the Department of Integrative Biology degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified biology teachers at the secondary level.

Admisison Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the Biology B.S. Integrative Animal Biology major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-five (25) semester hours in biology plus 5 hours of upper level work in math or supporting science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

 

Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requiremens for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs.

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements
This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.S. in Integrative Animal Biology
M.A.T. in Science Education

Twelve credits of upper level unassigned 3000 or 4000 electives will be replaced by the following:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

 

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Biology (Integrative Animal Biology)/Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Biology B.S. Integrative Animal Biology undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.A. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Graduate School.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. Note, to teach secondary biology the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in biology with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the accelerated B.A./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.


Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Program in Interdisciplinary Sciences /Science Education

The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the College of Arts and Sciences degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified science teachers at the secondary level.

This program intends for students to complete a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during their senior year of their B.S. in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences.

This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences
M.A.T. in Science Education

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements
According to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences students will take 18 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed below. Of this 18 credits, 12 credits will be shared with the MAT Science Education program. The shared courses are listed below:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Graduate School.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. A minimum of 21 hours in a major science content area of concentration (e.g., chemistry, biology, physics) plus 9 hours in minor science content area are required to teach secondary school. Note, to teach secondary science in a specialty area (e.g., chemistry, biology, physics, geology) the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in that specialty area with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.S./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-one (21) semester hours in a science concentration (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics) plus 9 hours in minor science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requiremens for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs.

BS Interdisciplinary Science - All INS students will complete FLENT and Summer Enrollment requirements as well as graduation requirements listed in the catalog: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/pdf/cat1213/08ACADEMICPOL.pdf
Specifically, according to the BOG Articulation Regulation 6A-10.030; earn a minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above), therefore, INS students will take 21 credits of additional 3000+ level coursework in addition to their required major and exit courses listed below. Of this 21 credits, 12 credits will be shared with the M.A.T. Science Education program. The entire undergraduate program will total no more than 120 credits.


Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Program in Marine Biology /Science Education
This program intends for students to complete a Biology B.S. Marine Biology major (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during the senior year of their Biology BS Marine Biology major.

Target students and expected outcomes
The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the Department of Integrative Biology degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified biology teachers at the secondary level.

Admisison Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the Biology B.S. Marine Biology major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-five (25) semester hours in biology plus 5 hours of upper level work in math or supporting science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

 

Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requiremens for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs.

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements
This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.S. in Marine Biology
M.A.T. in Science Education

Twelve credits of upper level unassigned 3000 or 4000 electives will be replaced by the following:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

 

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S./M.A.T. Biology (Marine Biology)/Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Biology B.S. Marine Biology undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.A. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Graduate School.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. Note, to teach secondary biology the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree in biology or a bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in biology with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the accelerated B.A./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.


Accelerated B.A./M.A.T. Program in Physics /Science Education
This program intends for students to complete a B.A. in Physics (College of Arts and Sciences) and a M.A.T. in Secondary Science (College of Education) over the span of five years. Students completing this program will be eligible for high school and/or middle school science teacher certification. Completion of this program requires students to complete 12 credits toward the M.A.T. in Science Education during the senior year of their B.A. in Physics.

Target students and expected outcomes
The accelerated Bachelor’s to M.A.T. in Science Education program is a collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. This program is an attractive and viable career path for students in the Department of Physics degree programs that results in secondary science teacher certification. Students who complete this program receive the necessary science content and pedagogy coursework to be highly qualified physics teachers at the secondary level.

Admisison Requirements
For admission to the program a student must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the B.A. in Physics major upon applying and thirty (30) semester hours in science (includes twenty-five (25) semester hours in physics plus 5 hours of upper level work in math or minor science content area) with associated laboratory experiences to be fully admitted as a graduate student in the M.A.T. Science Education Program. Evidence of successfully completing all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) is also required for full admission to the graduate program
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.25 GPA in the major.

Degree Requirements
Students must satisfy the degree requiremens for both the Unvergraduate and Graduate Degree programs as posted in the respective Catalogs.

Shared B.S./M.A.T. Requirements
This accelerated program shares 12 credits between already existing degrees/concentrations:

B.A. in Physics
M.A.T. in Science Education

Twelve credits of upper level unassigned 3000 or 4000 electives will be replaced by the following:

SCE 6938 Topics in Science Education: Field Practicum (3 credits)
SCE 5325 Methods for Middle Grades Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 5337 Methods for Secondary Science Education (3 credits)
SCE 6456 Teaching the Physical Sciences (3 credits)

Timeline and benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.A./M.A.T. Physics/Science Education students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Physics undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) to be eligible for the accelerated degree program. You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification section of the following webpage: http://www.fl.nesinc.com/
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.A. and M.A. T. programs will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of the College of Education Graduate Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the USF Graduate School.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.A.T. in Science Education in the College of Education. Specifically, the following materials must be submitted:

a. Undergraduate transcripts; and evidence of possessing a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school, or comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty. Note, to teach secondary physics the state of Florida requires: A bachelor's or higher degree in physics or a bachelor's or higher degree with thirty (30) semester hours in science to include twenty-one (21) semester hours in physics with associated laboratory experiences.
d. Documentation of GKT scores.

  1. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate program. Failure to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

A comprehensive plan of study to complete the integrated B.A./M.A.T program will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member. A possible plan of study could be as follows. Summer sessions may also be included in the study plan.

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College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ 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: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF4330, ESE5342, ESE5344, TSL5325, SCE5564, SCE5334, SCE4330, SCE4330, SCE6436, SCE6634, SCE6938, SCE6947,