Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Requirements

 To be accepted into the MAT program, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a degree in a science discipline (biology, chemistry, physics, geology, etc.) that is taught in a middle or high school setting, or have completed comparable coursework in a science teaching field acceptable to the program faculty;

  2. Possess a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student (usually the last two years of coursework) working for a baccalaureate degree, 
    or 
    Possess a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or better in three graduate level courses that are required as part of the degree program. Students seeking admission by completing three graduate courses with a B or better in each course should register as non-degree seeking students. The classes they should take are:
    • ESE 5342: teaching the Adolescent Learner
    • ESE 5344: Classroom Management
    • SCE 5337: Teaching Methods in the Secondary School Sciences or SCE 5325: Teaching Methods in the Middle School Sciences

  3. Receive a passing score on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) or have a waiver for the GKT as a result of taking the GRE. Find information on the General Knowledge Test in the Florida Teacher Certification section on the College of Education’s FTCE test preparation website

  4. Demonstrated completion of coursework and science content hours. Students may fulfill this requirement by:
    • Receiving a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, physics (according to the certification sought), or
    • Completing coursework in the appropriate sciences that are deemed acceptable by program faculty. Students should provide a typed listing of science courses (and the date they were taken) as part of their application that they propose as meeting this requirement.

Students who do not meet the course content requirements may enroll in undergraduate courses before applying to the program. These courses will not be counted toward the degree and can be taken at any accredited university or community college. A minimum of 18 science content hours is required to teach Middle School or 21 hours in a major science content area of concentration (plus 6 hours in minor science content area) to teach high school.

Students seeking certification in teaching biology, chemistry or physics should consult the USF Undergraduate Catalog for the science course requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Science Education. 

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