The Master of Arts in Teaching

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a program designed to prepare outstanding elementary teachers. Students enter this program after completing baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education.  Through coursework and supervised field experiences, M.A.T. graduates will enter the teaching profession committed to: Excellence in Teaching and Instructional Leadership, Habits of Personal and Professional reflection, Advocacy for Children, Their Families, and Equal Access to Educational Opportunities, Life-Long Learning and Continuous Professional Development, The Celebration of Diversity in Classes, Schools, and in our Democratic Society, High Standards of Professional Ethics and Service, and Professional and Personal Integrity and Authenticity.  The College of Education and the Sarasota and Manatee school districts have entered into a partnership to insure that students have a uniquely focused experience in the public schools. School sites have been selected for onsite instruction and excellent mentoring.

This program involves intensive immersion in graduate coursework. Students complete the program in an accelerated four-semester plan. Please note that the M.A.T. does not accommodate  a full-time work schedule; students must be able to attend classes during the day and evening.

This program is academically challenging, and students devote full time to their studies. Each spring a new cohort begins the program with two semesters of intensive course work. Semester course loads are 9-12 hours and students must follow the planned schedule which includes attendance early afternoons and evenings. During the fall semester, the students are in public schools with mornings of practicum combined with course work the remainder of the week. The final semester of the program is a full-time internship in the schools. In some courses, the cohort is enrolled with education students in other programs.  For printable facts sheet, click here.

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

How to Apply

1.  Meet the Prerequisites

Students seeking admission to the M.A.T. in Elementary Education (K-6) must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution plus one of the following:
    • GRE Score of 1000 (verbal and quantitative combined); or
    • Undergraduate upper level GPA of 3.0; or
    • Earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Passing scores in the General Knowledge Test, Praxis I, or CLAST (if taken prior to July 2002). 

2.  Complete the USF Admission Application online.  Applications should include the $30.00 application fee.  This fee is required of all applicants, even if you are a USF graduate.

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

  • A personal statement (500 words) that addresses what you have been doing in your life, including any prior experience working with children, and what prompted you to want to become an elementary education teacher.
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate degree coursework (and graduate coursework, if applicable).  If you are applying while still completing an undergraduate degree, you must submit transcripts of at least six (6) semesters of completed undergraduate work. It is not necessary to send USF transcripts.
  • GRE (taken within the last 5 years) may be required if the upper-level GPA falls below 3.0. Please see admissions representative on applicable scores needed.
  • Official score report of General Knowledge Test, Praxis I, or CLAST (if the CLAST is taken prior to July 2002).
  • A current resume.
  • Interview, if applicable.

4.  Observe the Application Deadlines
October 15 for Spring (Cohorts begin in Spring Semester only)
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 the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).  Students must meet with Diane Lewis, Graduate Academic Advisor, before or during their first term to review and sign the form.  

This is a 39-credit hour full time program completed in 4 terms (spring, summer, fall spring).  There also FTCE testing requirements, a Transition Point Project in the fall term and an Action Research Project in the final term as well as 2 field/internship experiences required to graduate.

Spring 1: (9 credits total)

EDE 6326-Planning and Organizing for Instruction in Elementary Schools (3)

 MAE 6117-Teaching Elementary Math (3)

RED 6514- Reading Process (3)

Summer 1: (12 credits total)

TSL 5086-ELL Literacy (3)

EDG 6931-Special Topics:  Child Development/Classroom Management (3)

SCE 4310-Teaching Elementary School Science (3)

SSE 4313/6617-Elementary Social Studies (3)

Fall 1: (9 credits total)

RED 6540- Assessment in Literacy (3)

TSL 5242-Applied Linguistics in Teaching ELLs/ Level 2 Practicum Internship  (3)

LAE 6315-Writing and Writers:  Trends and issues  (3)

Transition Point Project

Spring  2: (9 credits total)**

EDF 6432-Measurement for Teachers (3)

EDG 6947-Final Internship (6)

Action Research Project

**Note:  Prior to enrolling in Spring 2, the following must be successfully completed:

  • All FCTE/SAE test(s)***
  • All coursework in 3 previous terms
  • Transition Point Project

39credits total


***FCTE Testing:  Prior to enrollment for the final internship and clearance for graduation, you must pass the GKT (General Knowledge Test), the  PED (Professional Education Test), and the SAE (Subject Area Exam in Elementary Education K-6).  These tests are administered via computer by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).

 Field/Internship Experiences:  Students must complete a Level 2 Practicum in the classroom in the fall prior to graduation, as well as a Level 3 Final Internship in the spring of graduation.  See below for permit/application forms for each field experience.

 Please see Ms. Lewis for specific program/coursework question.

Graduation Requirements

1.  A planned program of study should be completed and filed during first semester of study.
2.  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.
3.  Pass the comprehensive exam.
4.  You must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE), -Professional Education Test, Subject Area Examination (Elementary Education K-6)
5.  You must apply for graduation by deadline of term you wish to graduate.


Completion of your USF degree and passing all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) ordinarily results in eligibility for your professional teaching certificate.

The student is responsible for applying to Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for his/her professional teaching certificate.

  • Elementary Education students (BS and MAT) apply for professional teaching certification in Elementary Education (K-6) AND ESOL Endorsement (these are two separate items on the application);

1.  Apply online at and pay appropriate fees

2.  You must submit by mail a sealed, official final transcript to FLDOE to complete your application.  Order your transcript from the Registrar's Office AFTER your degree and final grades have been posted (this will be approximately 4-6 weeks after the graduation ceremony).   Or you can order your transcript on OASIS.  For clarification, please contact academic advisor.

Transcript Request Form (If you send transcripts to FLDOE without these items on your transcript, your professional certification will not be granted.)

3.  Receive an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility from FLDOE detailing your eligibility for both a temporary and professional certificate and remaining requirements, if any, needed to earn each certificate.

4.  Seek employment.

5.  You will be required to be fingerprinted prior to hiring and receiving your professional certificate.

Campus Contacts

Graduate Admissions Advisor
Jo Lynn Raudebaugh at
USF Sarasota-Manatee
Student Services
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, SMC C107
Sarasota, FL 34243
Online appointment scheduler

Graduate Academic Advisor (after admission)
Diane Lewis at
Graduate Program Specialist
USF Sarasota-Manatee
College of Education, B323
8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243



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