Master of Arts in Teaching

Admission Requirements

The USF Graduate School and the College of Education have prerequisites for admission. Please check the Admissions pages of the College of Education as well as the Graduate School for further information.

In order to be admitted, applicants must present the following:

  • The GKT (General Knowledge Test) is required for admission to state-approved programs. There is no need to take the GRE for admission.
  • You can find information on the General Knowledge Test on the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations page. 
    • Exceptions:
      If you have already taken and passed all sections of the CLAST, those scores can be used in place of the GKT for admissions, but NOT for graduation.
  • A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher while classified as an upper division student in a baccalaureate degree
  • 30 credit hours in foreign language coursework (including 6 semesters of language study) or evidence of native language proficiency
  • An appropriate level of proficiency in the foreign language demonstrated by an interview with program faculty (in person or by telephone), by presenting an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Interview (ACTFL OPI) score of intermediate high or higher, or by any equivalent measure as approved by the program faculty

Application Materials Include:

  • A current resume
  • A clear and detailed statement of professional and personal goals describing the reasons why earning the degree relates to those goals
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably at least one from a current or former professor (or school principal if working in a school environment) who will verify the applicant's likelihood of success in a graduate program
  • Official transcripts from previous educational institutions
  • Submit all supporting documents to:

Deanna Rieke
University of South Florida
Student Academic Services
4202 East Fowler Ave, EDU105
Tampa, FL 33620-5650

  • For international applicants: 
    • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S. must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (minimum of 213 computer-based, 550 paper-based, or 79 internet-based test) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (minimum of 6.5).
    • An official evaluation of your transcript from a university outside of the United States is also required. For a list of approved agencies, visit the Graduate Application Requirements.
Application Deadlines
Domestic International
Fall admission: June 15 Fall admission: June 15
Spring admission: October 15 Spring admission: August 1
Summer admission: April 15 Summer admission: January 1

Questions about the program should be made by email to:

Dr. Phil Smith
(813) 974-1113
(813) 974-3837, Fax
EDU 266A

Taking Classes Before Being Formally Admitted

Students may enroll as non-degree seeking students while gathering their credentials for application. Completed Foreign Language Education applications are considered during the first week of each month and processed on a rolling basis.

In order to register, you will then need to fill out a non-degree seeking form from the Registrar's Office. Please note that:

  • Only 12 USF graduate credit hours that were taken while not officially admitted as a graduate student may be applied to the degree program.
  • Students on a certification-only track who decide afterwards to join the MAT program will only be allowed to transfer 12 graduate credit hours to the MAT program.
  • Only 8 graduate credit hours or 3 graduate courses may be transferred from another institution.


How to Apply

  1. Fill out an application from Graduate Studies to apply.
  2. Once your application packet is complete and turned in to the Graduate Admissions Office, the Graduate Office sends it to the Foreign Language Education faculty for consideration.  The Graduate School then notifies you of the admission decision.  Students should contact their advisor following their formal notice of admission in order to be issued their Planned Program of Studies.
  3. You may check your status by contacting the Graduate School (813-974-2846) or visiting the Check Application Page on Office of Admissions. International applicants will need to input their "ID" number and birthdate. Your ID number can be obtained by sending an e-mail to id@grad.usf.edu.
  4. You can find information about registration and financial aid on the website of the Registrar's Office.
  5. A Graduate Orientation for our graduate programs is offered every semester in the Special Events Center. For more information, please visit the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC).