Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of Education

Location: EDU 105


The College of Education envisions itself as a leader in regional, national and international education. Leadership in education encompasses:

  • Collaboration that serves communities, institutions, and individuals
  • Academic excellence
  • Research, scholarship, and inquiry that renews the educational process
  • Ethical practice

The mission of the College of Education is to offer challenging learning opportunities in a supportive and diverse environment, create and support research, scholarship, and inquiry in education, prepare the next generation of educators, scholars, and leaders for pK-12 and the professoriate through exemplary undergraduate and graduate degree programs, serve the community to offer programs that prepare professionals who work competently, collaboratively, and ethically to improve educational outcomes for all.

All educator preparation programs must meet the requirements of Chapter 6A-5.066 Rules of the State Board of Education of Florida, and have "Approved Program" status. The College of Education is committed to a continuous and systematic examination of the professional program of educator preparation. Each subdivision of the college maintains professional standards by participating in nationally-certified program reviews and also through ongoing departmental appraisals of learning outcomes.

Educator preparation programs are aligned with the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and each program has an assessment program in place to monitor student progress toward these standards. Programs that do not lead to teacher certification are aligned with their respective professional standards and have assessment programs in place to monitor student progress toward those standards. Students in educator preparation programs leading to teacher certification are required to complete critical tasks/assignments in several of their professional preparation courses. Educator preparation programs require students to submit these critical tasks/assignments in an electronic portfolio. Therefore, a yearly access code to the electronic portfolio must be purchased by the student. In courses that have critical tasks, students must achieve a satisfactory score in order to pass the course.

The College of Education offers several programs in Secondary Education that are joint programs. This means we employ a collaborative approach to teacher preparation by The College of Education offering the core professional courses for secondary programs while the College of Arts and Sciences offers the content courses needed for the area of specialization.

Important information regarding the College of Education is available at: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/

The admission process into the College of Education is separate and in addition to admission to USF. Students must be admitted to USF if they want to be eligible for admission to the College of Education. Information regarding the admission process such as deadlines to apply, terms of admission per major, course sequence and program overview can be found on our site at www.coedu.usf.edu from the Prospective Student tab. Tampa Campus students must register and attend a College of Education orientation after being accepted into the College prior to registering for classes.

During the College of Education orientation, students will receive information about their degree program and register for courses for their first semester.

The College of Education may accept professional education and specialization coursework completed at this university or at other accredited institutions as follows:

  1. Courses completed within the last five years may be accepted toward graduation.
  2. Courses completed over five years but less than ten years ago must have the approval of the chairperson from the department in which the equivalent course is taught
  3. Courses completed ten years ago or longer will count as elective credit only toward graduation.

The College of Education has programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree* in the following fields:

  • Early Childhood Education (BEC)
  • Elementary Education (BEE)
  • Exceptional Student Education (BEX)
  • English Education (BEN)
  • Foreign Language (FLE)
    • French Concentration (FLE/BFF)
    • German Concentration (FLE/BFG)
    • Italian Concentration (FLE/BFI)
    • Russian Concentration (FLE/BFR)
    • Spanish Concentration (FLE/BFS)
  • Mathematics Education (BMA)
    • Middle Grades Math Concentration (BMA/BMM)
    • Middle Grades Science Concentration (BMA/BDS)
  • Physical Education (PET)
    • Exercise Science Concentration(PET/BPW)
  • Science Education(SCE)
    • Biology Concentration(SCE/BSB)
    • Chemistry Concentration(SCE/BSC)
  • Social Science Education (BSS)

For information regarding a Bachelor of Arts degree, refer to the University Graduation Requirements for the Baccalaureate degree.

Music Education is offered in the College of The Arts.

See Departmental Section for specific program requirements.

The College of Education offers a full ESOL Endorsement for all Foreign Language Education major graduates. The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are as follows:

  1. Successful completion of FLE 4317 and FLE 4316 with a minimum grade of 70percent or better on part one and part two of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the two ESOL courses;
  2. Successful completion of a 20-hour early ESOL field experience in FLE 4317;
  3. Successful completion of a late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over 10 days; and
  4. Successful completion of an ESOL binder, containing all ESOL-related assignments taken in the College of Education and an ESOL-performance Standards Checklist that documents the completion of the necessary number of standards. FLE students must also take TSL 4081 ESOL 2, Literacy Development in English Language Learners which is not part of the ESOL requirement for the FLE program, but does meet the reading requirement.

Department of Psychological and Social Foundations of Education

The Department of Psychological and Social Foundations of Education does not offer a specific undergraduate major or degree program, but provides courses for all students majoring in the wide array of undergraduate programs available in the College of Education. These courses contribute to the students' understanding of the general education enterprises and are considered foundational to later professional specialization. Consequently, these courses should be taken early in the professional program, typically in the junior year. In addition, the department offers an undergraduate minor in Educational Foundations and Research.

Prerequisite Pre-Education courses (9 hours):

  • EDF 2005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
  • EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators
  • EME 2040 Introduction to Technology for Educations
Professional Education Core (34-39 cr. hrs.):
  • EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child
  • EDF 3214 Human Development and Learning
  • EDF 3514 History of Education in the United States
  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society
  • EDF 4111 Child Growth and Learning
  • EDF 4131 Learning and the Developing Adolescent
In addition the department offers:
  • EDF 3228 Human Behavior and Environmental Selection
  • EDF 4905 Independent Study: Educational Foundations
  • EDF 4909 Directed Study: Educational Foundations
  • EDF 5607 Trends in Education Politics

The Counselor Education program offers undergraduate courses focusing on human services skill development, decision-making and personal growth. Course content contributes to student success in academic and personal endeavors and may serve to orient students to post-graduate work in human services fields.

  • MHS 4052 Human Relations Skills in Counseling
  • MHS 4905 Independent Study: Guidance and Counseling Education
  • SDS 4040 Introduction to Student Personnel Work in Higher Education

Department of Educational Measurement and Reasearch

The Department of Educational Measurement and Research offers EDF 4430, Measurement for Teachers, that provides students with the measurement and evaluation skills and dispositions they need to be effective classroom teachers. Students use curriculum-based, learner-based, context-based, and professionally-based standards to develop and use objective, product, and live performance tests; attitude observation and self-report assessments; they analyze and evaluate learner progress, their tests, and their instruction; and they communicate learner progress using portfolios, grades, and standardized test profiles. The course is delivered using web-based distance and web-enhanced laboratory formats.

Chairperson: J.M. Ferron; Professors: R. F. Dedrick; J. M. Ferron, J. D. Kromrey; Associate Professor: L. Rodriguez-Campos; Assistant Professor: Y.-H. Chen; C. DeLuca, E. S. Kim; Visiting Instructor: G. D. Lunsford.


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Advising Information

Student Academic Services (SAS) is responsible for coordinating and executing many of the processes and procedures that support the academic pursuits of students in the College. The department's major areas of responsibility include the advisement of all pre-admitted and admitted undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching students, addressing matters related to final internship, providing information regarding scholarships and job opportunities, and providing students with resources related to Teacher Certification. SAS is committed to serving the mission of the College of Education and identifies student success as its guiding value.

While students are ultimately responsible for knowing and fulfilling all university, college, and degree program requirements for graduation, the professional advisors in SAS are able to facilitate a student's understanding of academic policy and procedure. Students interested in education are encouraged to make an appointment with an academic advisor in EDU 106 to learn more about the programs. Once admitted to the college, students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester. Appointments can be made using our online appointment scheduler at http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/prospective.html. For additional contact information, please call the SAS office at 813-974-2979 or visit the web site at http://www.coedu.usf.edu/sas/.

Advising Office

Student Academic Services is located on the Tampa campus of USF in EDU 106. The office serves undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching students in the College of Education. The office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays and closed on university holidays.

Phone: 813-974-2979

Fax: 813-974-3391

Admissions Requirements

The following section contains information specific to teacher education programs. For students seeking admission to Exercise Science, please refer to the later section of the catalog detailing this particular program. Students who wish to teach in a particular subject area or field should begin preliminary coursework during their first year in college. Students are eligible for admission to the College of Education when they have satisfied all admission requirements and have applied for admission through Student Academic Services (EDU 106). Admission requirements include the university's Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum, state-mandated common prerequisites for education, the appropriate GPA, and passing PRAXIS I or General Knowledge Test scores.

    Admission to an educator preparation program is contingent upon meeting the following college requirements:
  1. Completion of a College of Education application form
  2. Completion of Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum requirements. (See the "Academic Policies and Procedures - Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum Requirements" section of the catalog.) FKL courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution's existing catalog. Note: Students should attend an advising session offered by Student Academic Services to be certain they are enrolled in courses appropriate for their intended major.
  3. Completion of PRAXIS I or General Knowledge Test with passing scores (No exemptions or waivers are acceptable). Successful completion of all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) during the first semester of admission is required. Failure to complete successfully all sections of the GKT during the first semester of admission may result in revocation of admission into the College of Education.
  4. Although no longer required for admission to the College of Education, students are still encouraged to take the ACT or SAT. Many existing scholarships still require these scores.
  5. Completion of State Mandated Common Prerequisites. Note: The following prerequisites are required for all students in teacher education majors. Students should review their intended majors (listed under "Departments and Programs") for a complete list of specific course prerequisites and requirements beyond these listed below:
    • EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)
    • EDF X085 Teaching Diversity for Educators (3)
    • EME X040 Introduction to Technology for Educators (3)

    In addition to EDF X085, a minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. In addition to the courses listed below under USF International/Diversity Courses, FKLs that satisfy the area of Human and Cultural Diversity in a Global Context are applicable. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement. NOTE: EDF X005 is a prerequisite for taking EDF X085.

  6. Minimum GPA: An overall minimum GPA of 2.50 on all attempted hours
  7. Additional criteria as may be established by each program

Some programs accept a limited number of students. Additionally, certain programs admit students only in a specified semester. Information regarding admission requirements for programs may be obtained from Student Academic Services (EDU 106).

College Requirements

  • AMH

    Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL)

    Completion of Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum requirements: Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum courses will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution's existing catalog or in the Counseling Manual. (See the "Academic Policies and Procedures - Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum Requirements" section of the catalog).

Student Organizations

Alliance of Health and Fitness Professionals (AHFP) - The Alliance of Health and Fitness Professionals (AHFP) is an official USF student organization designed to provide exercise science majors with a variety of professional development and leadership experiences. Activities include preparing for certifications in the field, attending professional conferences, participating in volunteer community projects and programs, and coordinating many local educational and social events. Each year, the organization plans an annual awards banquet to recognize graduating seniors.

Association of Physical Education College Students (APECS) - The Association of Physical Education College Students (APECS) is open to all students enrolled in the K-12 Physical Education Program. Social and professional meetings are conducted throughout the year. Professional service to the community is also provided by the association.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) - Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an international honor society in Education, and the Lambda Tau chapter has been on the USF campus for over 44 years. The purpose is to promote excellence in education and recognize scholarship, leadership, and service. KDP is the only College of Education honor organization that represents all educators regardless of subject area specialty, degree obtained, grade-level focus, or years of teaching experience. Undergraduate student applicants must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and 12 semester hours of education courses. MAT students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25 and 12 semester of education courses. For more information regarding Kappa Delta Pi please visit http://www.kdp.org.

Living-Learning Community (eduCARE) - Students interested in the College of Education upon admission have the opportunity to live on-campus in a living learning community: a theme-based, academically centered residence hall. As a member of eduCARE, the College of Education's living learning community, students will have the opportunity to live amongst peers who share an appreciation for education. Students in eduCARE will enjoy academic support, guided career exploration, integrated social experiences, and opportunities designed to enhance their leadership development. For more information, students should visit www.coedu.usf.edu

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) - The Student Council for Exceptional Children [SCEC] is an organization open to students from across the university who appreciate the diversity present in our schools and society and are interested in the education of children and young adults with exceptionalities. Activities of the USF Chapter include a variety of service projects, as well as support of the COEDU Children's Festival, Special Olympics, and field trips to various special education facilities, opportunities to hear prominent speakers, attend seminars, visit state and national conferences, and participate in social events. All interested students are invited to join.

SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) - The SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATT) Honors Program is an award-winning teacher training program designed to enhance the outstanding teacher preparation programs offered within the USF College of Education. Its mission is to enhance the teaching profession by establishing high performance expectations for all members and offering research-based learning experiences that support exceptional instruction, community service, leadership development, and encourage reflective practice. Visit our website at http://scatt.coedu.usf.edu/ for additional information.