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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Exceptional Student Education (TVE)

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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
CIP Code: 13.1001
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Education
Special Education Department (EDS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Ann Cranston-Gingras
Phone: 813-974-1387
Email: cranston@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/sped/MAT/MATprogram.html


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Major Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a graduate degree program in special education for individuals teaching with temporary certification and/or individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in an area other than special education. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program leads to certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and endorsement in Reading and ESOL. Students can be admitted to the major during any semester throughout the year; however, the special education core course sequence begins in the fall. Students in the M.A.T. degree program benefit from an integrated curriculum taught in six-hour blocks; mentors who are master teachers within the district that provide one-on-one mentoring for each major participant; and accelerated delivery of course content which allows for completion of the degree in one summer and four academic semesters. All students are required to conduct action research in their classrooms, investigating how they can more effectively use research-based interventions. This requires that students link theory and practice and encourages an inquiry approach to teaching.

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.

  • An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution
  • Evidence of ability to perform successfully in the academic program, as indicated by one of the following:
    • An earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, OR
    • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working for a baccalaureate degree, OR
    • Preferred minimum GRE scores of: 430 Verbal; 470 Quantitative; and 4 Analytical Writing.
  • A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue a masters degree in special education.
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation, one from a person who has seen the candidate teach and/or work with children/youth and the other from an administrator or supervisor.
  • A completed application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Interview with the M.A.T. program faculty.

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.

For International Applicants
Applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet?based test, or 550 on the paper?based test, are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • The applicants native language is English, or
  • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, or
  • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning, or
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript), or
  • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS) http://www.ielts.org/

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Major Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

6

EDF6211
EDF6481

Psychological Foundations of Education
Foundations of Educational Research

3
3

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

27

EEX6051

EEX6224

EEX6247

RED6514
RED6544
MAE6117

Creating Positive Learning Environments for
  Students with Disabilities
Developing Individualized Educational Programs
  for Students with Disabilities
Implementing and Evaluating Individualized
  Programs for Students with Disabilities
The Reading Process in the Elementary School
Remediation of Comprehension Problems
Teaching Elementary Math

6

6

6

3
3
3

ESOL Requirements

9

TSL5085

TSL5086

TSL5240


Theory and Practice of Teaching English
  Language Learners
Second Language Acquisition and Literacy
  in Children and Adolescents
Language Principles, Acquisition, and
  Assessment for Teaching English Language
  Learners

3

3

3


Note:  The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are as follows:  Successful completion of (1) TSL 5085, TSL 5086, and TSL 5240, with a minimum grade of 70% or better on all three sections of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the three ESOL courses; (2) a 20-hour early ESOL field experience in ESOL 1; (3) a late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over a series of weeks; and (4) an ESOL folder, containing all assignments and test results from ESOL 1, 2, and 3.

Note:  If a student obtains a state approved ESOL Endorsement prior to internship, consideration will be given to waiving TSL 5085, TSL 5086 and TSL 5240 with the appropriate program and college approvals.

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

The successful completion of a comprehensive exam in the form of an action research project is required of all students in their final semester of the program. If the student does not successfully complete the action research project in the last semester of the program, the student must pass 2 hours of EDG 6970 Project Master's the following semester for a maximum of two attempts.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

EDG6947

Internship and Classroom Research

6

Internship Requirements
All students are required to complete a full-time semester long internship as a special education teacher in a K-12 classroom setting.  The internship can be a supervised paid internship which an employed teacher can complete in his/her own classroom.  If a student is not employed as a special education teacher, he/she must complete the internship (non-paid) in a supervising teacher's (Professional Practice Partner) classroom.

Practicum Requirements
All students are required to register for and complete a 1-hour practicum (EEX 6943) during the semesters they are taking EEX 6225 Developing Individualized Educational Programs for Students with Disabilities and EEX 6247 Implementing and Evaluating Individualized Programs for Students with Disabilities. Students who are employed as an ESE-teacher, or as teaching assistant/paraprofessional may complete the practicum in the classroom where they are employed. Students who are not employed as a teacher or teaching assistant/paraprofessional will be placed in a classroom practicum setting with a mentor teacher in the local school district.

Examinations
All students must pass the following examinations:

  • General Knowledge Test (all four subtests) – if the CLAST (taken after July 1,  2002) was used to fulfill admission requirements instead of the General Knowledge Test (GKT), the GKT must be passed before internship
  • Florida Teacher Certification Professional Education Test – must be passed prior to graduation
  • Florida Teacher Certification ESE Subject Area Test – must be passed prior to graduation
 

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS

36

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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

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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:

EDF6211, EDF6432, EEX6051, EEX6224, EEX6247, RED6514, RED6544, MAE6117, TSL5085, TSL5086, TSL5240, EDG6947, EEX6943,