Master of Arts in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education program is designed for those who have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field outside of education and who wish to become certified teachers in grades kindergarten through six. It is a full time, 4- semester program with new cohorts beginning each Fall semester. Students may also be admitted in the spring or summer semesters.

Program Highlights

  • A part-time practicum and full-time internship
  • Summer semester place-based instruction with integrated Instructional Planning and Social Science coursework, with class sessions held at local museums, libraries, and other local centers
  • Building relationships and connections while learning to teach in one of 3 partnership schools
  • Working alongside an experienced elementary mentor teacher as well as a university field-supervisor over the course of the program
  • In-depth exploration of core curricular areas, including math, science, language arts/reading, and social studies with meaningful connections to clinical experiences.
  • The Elementary Education MAT program at USF offers a full state of Florida ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement for all Elementary Education MAT program graduates.

Features of the Program


Students complete coursework in content areas, and writing;  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction; instructional planning creating a productive and community-focused  learning environment;  and assessment. Courses are held during the day so that they may include experiences in elementary schools. Some courses may be taken online. 

The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are successful completion of the following: 

  • ESOL 1, 2, and 3, with a minimum grade of 70% or better on all three sections of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the three ESOL courses;
  • A 20-hour early ESOL field experience in ESOL 1;
  • A late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over 10 days; and
  • All ESOL Chalk & Wire assignments as required, including those in the three ESOL courses as well as in the ESOL-infused courses.

Please take a look at this article describing the integrated summer course experience


Field experiences are designed to facilitate theory to practice connections and include experiences within specific courses, a one-semester part-time practicum, and a one-semester full-time internship. In most cases, students  will complete a field experiences in both a primary grade (k-2) and intermediate grade (3-5) classroom at two different school settings. The Elementary MAT program partners with three public schools in Hillsborough County.

With a focus on quality clinical experience and the need to maintain compliance with stringent state mandates governing these experiences, our students must conduct their practicum and final internship within our designated service area.