Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Requirements

All USF MAT programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions or an international equivalent. In order to be eligible for admission to the MAT program, applicants must meet University requirements for graduate admission (see Graduate Admissions) as well as the requirements listed below.

Students must possess one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university, and have earned a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average or higher in all work attempted cumulatively or as an upper division student.
  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • A personal statement that answers one of the following prompts (500 words maximum):
    • What experiences have influenced your decision to become an elementary school teacher?
    • What specific personal traits do you believe will make you a great teacher?
    • To you, what is the purpose of K-12 schooling?
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your character as a person and as a professional, or to your ability to work with children.
  • Passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) OR effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, GRE scores that meet certain thresholds. The following GRE scores may be accepted in lieu of the GKT, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C.:
    • GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay
    • GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics
    • GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading

Once admitted to the program, students will be required to follow USF College of Education fingerprinting procedures. All Elementary Education students need to be fingerprinted by Hillsborough County Public Schools prior to the beginning of their first semester. Any costs related to the process will be the responsibility of the students. For more information about this, please contact Dianne Wood.

For international applicants: Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States should see the USF Office of International Admissions website for information regarding demonstrating English Proficiency.

International students entering this degree program must obtain a social security number for purposes of practicum, internship and certification testing. An external course by course evaluation of the foreign degree is required with the admissions application.