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.
Joint Programs with The College of Arts and Sciences
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.
The College of Education collaborates with College of The Arts to offer an undergraduate degree in Music Education. See College of The Arts for more information.
Time Limits for Coursework applied toward Graduation
The College of Education may accept professional education and specialization coursework completed at this university or at other accredited institutions as follows:
Students seeking admission into the College of Education who have already taken courses in education should speak with an academic advisor in Student Academic Services to learn more about how they might apply to their degree.
ESOL Endorsed Programs
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:
Students who complete a state approved teacher preparation/leader program in the College of Education will be considered eligible for Florida certification in the area corresponding to their degree program. Each state maintains its own requirements toward teacher/leader certification. Students with questions concerning out-of-state certification are advised to contact the certifying entity within the state where they will be employed.
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 credit hours):
Professional Education Core (34-39 credit hours):
In addition the department offers:
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.
Department of Educational Measurement and Research
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.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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 system 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 systems 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.
Student Academic Services (SAS) offers developmentally appropriate academic and student services to undergraduates and Master of Arts in Teaching students related to recruitment, retention, progression, graduation, and application for teacher certification. SAS is committed to serving the mission of the College of Education and identifies student success as its guiding value.
Students interested in education are encouraged to make an appointment with an academic advisor in Student Academic Services to learn more about how their skills, abilities, and interests connect with programs in the College of Education.
While students are ultimately responsible for knowing and fulfilling all university, college, and degree program requirements for graduation, the advisors in SAS are able to facilitate a student's understanding of academic policy and procedure. Once admitted to the college, students are encouraged to seek advising each term.
Appointments can be made using our online appointment scheduler at http://www.usf.edu/education/admissions/index.aspx. 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/.
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. During peak registration times we may offer walk-in advising. Check the website at http://www.coedu.usf.edu/sas/ for up to date information on our hours of operation and walk in availability.
Phone: (813) 974-2979
Fax: (813) 974-3391
Educator Preparation Program Admission
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, the appropriate GPA, and passing PRAXIS I, CLAST (depending on the date taken and passed) 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 36 credit hours of General Education Core and 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.
3. Completion of the General Knowledge Test with passing scores (No exemptions or waivers are acceptable). In some cases, students may be admitted for one term while working toward the successful completion of all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) during the first semester of admission. 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 educator preparation programs.
• EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
• EDF X085 Teaching Diversity for Educators
• EME X040 Introduction to Technology for Educators
NOTE: EDF X005 is a prerequisite for EDF X085
In addition to EDF X085, a minimum of six (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.
USF International/Diversity Courses Credits
6. 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.
Exercise Science Admission
The Exercise Science major is a full-time, limited access program. Therefore, enrollment is limited to top ranking students each fall semester. Selection of students is based on the following criteria:
1. Must apply to the program by the published deadline. See http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/sas/AdmissionRequirements.html
2. A minimum overall GPA of 2.50
3. Completion of all statewide common course prerequisites with a C- or higher by the deadline for applying to the program
4. Students with the top 30 composite GPAs will be selected for admission into the program. A composite GPA score will be calculated for each student by adding 30 percent of the overall GPA and 70 percent of the common statewide prerequisite GPA.
Important: 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).
Professional Disposition Standards
All educator preparation programs leading to teacher certification require professional dispositions set forth by the professions Code of Ethics for educators. Students are expected to be familiar with and uphold the standards outlined in the Professional Disposition Statement of the college. This statement of expectations can be found at the following site: http://www.usf.edu/education/admissions/ethics-conduct.aspx
Field Experience, Practicums, Final internship:
Students in an educator preparation program will need to complete field experience beginning in EDF X005 and EDF X085. These are prerequisite courses required for admission to the College of Education for all educator preparation programs. Once admitted, the number of filed experiences will differ depending upon the program. These field based courses may be called practicums, methods, or internships. All educator preparation programs culminate with a full-time final internship.
Students in Exercise Science will also be required to complete an internship experience which will allow them to apply their skills and knowledge in the field. For more information on the internship in Exercise Science, review the section of the catalog related to the Exercise Science program or speak with the program coordinator.
Social Security Number
Students will need a social security number before enrolling in the first day of classes for field experience courses. For International students, please speak with International Student Services regarding options for obtaining a social security number. Obtaining a social security number is ultimately the student’s responsibility.
Background Checks and Fingerprinting
All students seeking admission to teacher preparation programs will be required to undergo a background check and fingerprinting. Depending upon the outcome of the background check, students may be informed they cannot be placed in a particular school district. As each program determines the school district(s) in which to place their students, past legal history may impact a student’s ability to enter field experience and continue in an educator preparation program. Please be advised that program and/or course requirements and fingerprinting/background check procedures are subject to change per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, accreditation criteria, and school district policy and procedures. Students can learn more about fingerprinting from their program or Student Academic Services.
Students are strongly encouraged to purchase liability insurance before entering any course with field experience. Student Academic Services can provide resources to students regarding coverage options.
Grade Minimums Each Term
Students admitted to all undergraduate programs in the College of Education are required to earn a C- or higher in all upper-level major coursework. In addition, they must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 to continue to the next term. Students in educator preparation programs must also earn a minimum 2.5 in their Professional Core and Specialization coursework to continue to the next term.
Grades in Final Internship
Grades in final internship are determined by the university supervisor in collaboration with the collaborating teacher. Grades in final internship are linked to passing all necessary portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Students who do not submit official passing scores for all necessary portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (including Professional Educator and Subject Area portions of the test) to Student Academic Services by the published deadline will risk earning an incomplete in their final internship. Students with an incomplete or failing grade in final internship will not be permitted to graduate.
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).
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 6 semester hours of education courses. MAT students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25 and 6 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 http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/student-organizations.aspx
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 and Education Research (SCATTER) - The SunCoast Area Teacher Training (SCATTER) 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.