The Master of Arts in Elementary Education

About the ProgramPlease note that this program is not currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The M.A. in Elementary Education with a Curriculum and Instruction emphasis, is designed for professionals who possess a bachelor's degree in elementary education. A professional teacher certificate in Elementary Education or eligibility for Elementary certification (a degree in the field from a state-approved program) is required for admission to this program. Students who do not hold any teaching certification should consider the Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education program.

The interdisciplinary sequence of courses explores curriculum design and assessment, the social/emotional domain in learning, and new technologies for the classroom. Research skills and strategies to improve instruction are included. This program builds teachers' writing and action research skills, and is especially helpful for those teachers pursuing National Board Certification.

This program is designed as a cohort program which allows students to take courses together in a planned sequence. Cohorts facilitate optimum learning and timely completion of the program. Such structure also allows students to form a strong network with fellow students.

Students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall. Entry in spring or summer terms may be available but completion of the program in 6 semesters is not guaranteed.

To access a printable MA in Elementary Education program guide for students, please click here.

How to Apply

1.  Meet the Prerequisites

Students seeking admission to the MA in Elementary Education (K-6) must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education or international equivalent from a regionally accredited university and one of the following:
  • Have a 'B' GPA (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or higher in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student,
  •  GRE score of 1000 with a 2.5 GPA based on upper-level bachelor's degree coursework, or
  • Earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Applicants must also hold a valid Florida Professional Educator certificate or be eligible for Florida professional certification through the completion of a bachelor's degree (state-approved program) in Elementary Education, if applicable.
  • Exceptions to minimum requirements will be considered for applicants who have earned National Board Certification and who have maintained an outstanding professional record.

2.  Complete the USF Admission Application  online.

3.  Submit the following items to USF Sarasota-Manatee Admissions Advisor:

  • A copy of  Florida Professional Educator certificate clearly showing all 4 borders and state seal;
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate degree coursework (and graduate coursework, if applicable);
  • GRE scores taken within the last 5 years, if required.

4.  Observe the Application Deadlines
March 1 for Summer | March 15 for Fall | Spring admissions will be considered on an individual basis
Missed the deadline? Apply for non-degree study to get started this semester. A maximum of 12 credits from non-degree study may be transferable to a master's program.


Program of Study

The Planned Program of Study is a contract between the student and the University stating all courses and requirements for earning a MA degree.  Students must meet with Diane Lewis, graduate program specialist, early in the first semester of study to complete the planned program.
Failure to submit a planned program may result in registration holds and inability to complete key program requirements, such as the practicum, master's seminar and comprehensive exam.

The total program is ordinarily 34 credits. All courses below are 3 credits unless noted. Degree and certification requirements are subject to change in accordance with state and university mandates.

Required Courses:

  • EDF 6215 Learning Principles Applied to Instruction or EDF 6125(6120) Child Development (4)
  • LAE 6316 Literature in a Diverse Society or LAE 6415 Literature and the Learner
  • EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research
  • EDG 6935 Seminar in Curriculum Research

Recommended Electives (Electives are individually planned with approval of your academic advisor):

  • LAE 6315 Writing and Writers
  • EDF 6736 Education, Communication and Change
  • RED 6449 Literacy and Technology
  • RED 6545 Issues in Vocabulary and Word Study*
  • EEC 6265 EC Advanced Curriculum Development
  • EDG 6931 Moral Development and Character Education
  • EEC 6204 Curriculum and Authentic Assessment

Additional Electives:

EDG 6127 Foundations of Curriculum
EDG 6285 School Curriculum Improvement
LAE 6315 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom
RED 6540 Assessment in Literacy *
RED 6544 Cognition, Comprehension, and Content*
LIN 6932 Classroom Discourse
RED 6749 History and Models of Reading*
RED 6846 Practicum in Reading*
MAE 6115 Current Trends in Elementary Math
SCE 6616 Trends in Science Instruction
SSE 6617 Trends in Social Studies Instruction
* = Courses that may lead to Florida State Reading Endorsement

Transition Point Projects
Contact the graduate advisor concerning the Transition Point projects that are required for completion of the Master's degree.  To find an information sheet, application and rubrics for TPP 2-4, please click here.

Graduation Requirements

1.  You must complete all courses as listed on your planned program of study with a minimum  grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

2. You must earn a grade of C or better in all graduate level coursework both in and out of program requirements.  A grade of C- or below will remain on your transcripts and be calculated into your GPA, but the course will not be applied toward your program requirements and will have to be repeated if required.

3.  You must pass all Transition Point Projects.

4.  You must apply for graduation by deadline of term you wish to graduate.

Campus Contacts

Graduate Admissions Advisor
Aaron Reecher
USF Sarasota-Manatee
Student Services
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, SMC C107
Sarasota, FL 34243

College Communications Officer/Graduate Academic Advisor
Diane Lewis, M.A.
USF Sarasota-Manatee
College of Education, B323
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, SMC B322
Sarasota, FL 34243


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