Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Exceptional Student Education is a graduate program in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of South Florida. This program leads to a Master’s Degree and state of Florida teacher certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE). It also leads to endorsements in both ESOL and Reading, ensuring graduates are highly qualified to enter the teaching field.

This program can be completed in 50 credit hours. However, it requires that program participants complete field experiences in a Pre-K–12 classrooms while enrolled in program core courses. The program is designed for individuals who come to the field of exceptional student education after completing an undergraduate degree in another field.

Typical program participants do not hold a professional teaching certificate, although students who are certified in elementary and secondary education have completed and benefitted from the program. Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis*, but the core course sequence begins in the fall of each year. Visit the Student Academic Services website for information about upcoming MAT information sessions.

*Applications received after posted application deadlines may be considered.

Benefits and Opportunities for MAT Program Participants:

The MAT in Exceptional Student Education is highlighted by:

For more information, please contact: 

Elizabeth Doone, Program Coordinator and Instructor
Office: EDU 402
Phone: (813) 974-9929

Deanna Rieke, Academic Advisor
Office: EDU 106
Phone: (813) 974-4898