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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a graduate 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. This program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and endorsement in Reading and ESOL. Students can be admitted to the program during any semester throughout the year; however, the special education core course sequence begins in the summer. Students in the M.A.T. 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 program participant; and accelerated delivery of course content which allows for completion of the degree in two summers and three academic semesters. All students are required to conduct action research in their classrooms, investigating how they may more effectively use research-based interventions. This requires that students link theory and practice and encourages an inquiring approach to teaching.


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







Psychological Foundations of Education
Foundations of Educational Research









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





ESOL Requirements





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




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.



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 Masters the following semester for a maximum of two attempts.




Internship and Classroom Research


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.

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





College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

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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.


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,