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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Social Science Education (TSS)

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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
CIP Code: 13.1317
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:
Jimmy Duplass
Phone: 813-974-4895


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The M.A.T. degree is for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a field other than education who wish to become certified teachers in social science at the middle or senior high school level. This program leads to teaching certification in grade 6-12 social sciences as part of the master's 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
Requirements for all applicants include:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division work completed while in the Baccalaureate degree. OR
  • An earned graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in coursework for that degree.

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

  • 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:

  • 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.).

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

The requirements are as follows or as recommended by the program advisor and approved by the college and/or Graduate School.







Teaching the Adolescent Learner
ESOL Strategies for Content Area Teachers
Foundations of Measurement
Classroom Management for the Diverse School
  & Society


Concentration Requirements



Foundations, Curriculum & Instruction
Methods and Strategies in Social Science Education
Reading & Basic Skills
Special Topics


Practicum, Internship, Field Experiences, Etc.




Practicum in SSE
  (PR: SSE5331)
(All sections of the GKT, the FTCE Prof., and Educ. & Subj. Area: Social Science 6-12 must be passed prior to internship.)



Current Trends in Teaching Concentration



Trends in Social Science Education


Program of studies will be planned so that all course work will be completed prior to the internship. However, should there be a need for an exception; MAT students may take one 3-credit course during internship -- although this is inadvisable given the full-time nature of the teaching experience and one 3-credit course after internship. The only courses that can be taken during or after internship are:


Special Topics
Trends in Social Science Education


All school districts require finger prints and will conduct a background check prior to assignment of the final internship. Some districts also require drug testing.



The Comprehensive exam is taken while enrolled in SSE6636 Trends in Social Science Education.






College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —


Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


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.


Graduate Course Information

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

ESE5342, TSl5325, EDF6432, ESE5344, SSE5331, SSE5332, SSE5641, SSE5946, SSE6932, SSE5946, SSE6947, SSE6932, SSE6636,