Clinical Education

SunCoast Area Teacher Training Honors Program

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The SunCoast Area Teacher Training Honors Program is designed to provide aspiring educators with opportunities outside of their coursework to develop the skills and leadership traits needed to become a highly-effective teacher.

Through complementary training, professional development, community-engaged service learning, and leadership opportunities, the SCATT Honors Program complements your studies at USF while giving you the added knowledge, leadership, practice, and inquiry stance you crave as an Honors student.  

The Four Pillars

The SunCoast Area Teacher Training Honors Program stands on four pillars we believe are crucial to your development both as an extraordinary teacher in the classroom and as a leader in the field of education.

Professional Development

Through robust professional development opportunities and workshops, Members will learn about complex issues facing educators today and how to problem-solve and overcome issues while meeting the tenets of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida, including:

  • Valuing the devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and nurturing democratic citizenship.
  • Striving for professional growth and seeking to exercise the best professional judgement and integrity.
  • Maintaining the respect and confidence of colleagues, students, parents, and other members of the community through the highest degree of ethical conduct.


Through multiple leadership opportunities in the program and community, Members will learn about their best leadership qualities, select roles and the level of rigor suited for their leadership style, and implement ways to lead others through complex situations to positively impact education.

Community Engagement and Service

Through immersive experiences and service, Members will participate in the community in multiple ways outside their ordinary program of study, giving them opportunities to see behind the scenes, collaborate with school and district leadership, understand mechanisms that drive education, and, most importantly, engage in satisfying work in support of the Tampa Bay area's children.


Through analysis of their teaching practice, examination of educational research, and participation in the Practitioner Inquiry and Educational Research (PIER) or similar event, Members will assume an inquiry stance to both strengthen their teaching practice and problem-solve issues that face educators in classrooms and schools.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for membership in the SCATT Honors Program, you must be a current USF student. All students interested in becoming a member will complete a membership application and an interview with the program advisor. 

At minimum, applicants will:

  • Be admitted* or pre-admitted to the University of South Florida College of Education
  • Have a GPA of 3.2 or higher in upper level coursework (for 2021-22 academic year admits)
  • Complete a membership application including a professional resume and recommendation letters from two academic references
  • Interview with the faculty program advisor and/or the SCATT Leadership Team

*or similarly engaged in education pursuits approved by the advisor and/or Leadership Team

Request Information

For more information about the SCATT Honors Program, please contact:

Jennifer Jacobs, PhD
Director of Clinical Education and SCATT Faculty Advisor

Program Email: 

featured scatt leaders

Amanda Higley

Amanda Higley | Elementary Education

Hi! My name is Amanda Higley. I'm a third year Elementary Education major with two minors in Psychology and Deaf Studies. I am also a member of the Judy Genshaft Honors College and I'm the President of SCATT! Within the College of Education, I'm also a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta, international honor societies.
Outside of education I'm also involved in the Herd of Thunder Marching Band, Rumble Pep Band, and Kappa Kappa Psi (a band service fraternity) as well as Rotaract, a community service organization focused on serving in the Tampa Bay Area and beyond!

Christopher Evans

Christopher M. Evans | English Secondary Education

I am a Senior in the College of Education graduating with a degree in English Secondary Education with ESOL Endorsement. I have taken and passed the GKT, Professional Ed Exam, the Subject Area Exam for English 6-12 and Reading K-12. I have been a member of SCATT for a total of 5 semesters (including 1 Summer) and have enjoyed every moment I have spent as part of the program. From being a member of the program to an officer, from participating in Professional Development, to restructuring the program's foundations for our 40th Anniversary. I am a student who has consistently earned Dean's List, participated in other honor societies and organizations (Kappa Delta Pi, National Society for Leadership and Success, and National Council for Teachers of English). I can't wait for the future. I plan to take that journey exactly as its meant to be taken. One moment at a time, so that I can relish every second, every opportunity.

Penny Gibson

Penny Gibson | Social Studies Education

Hello! My name is Penny and I've been the social media manager for SCATT for a few semesters. I'm a graduating senior, in the social studies education program. I'm completing my internship at LOLHS, and plan to work as a high or middle school world history teacher after graduation. SCATT is so great! I came to USF as a transfer student and joined SCATT to find a community in the college of education, and definitely recommend it!

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Michkayla Dandreano

Michkayla Dandreano | Elementary Education

I'm Michkayla Dandreano and was born and raised in Ocala, FL. With so much thanks to the Student Support Services (SSS) Program, I started at USF in the summer of 2018, during which I changed my major three times before I truly realized the love I have for learning and helping those who need it most, so I landed with Elementary Education; in the future I plan on getting certified in Secondary Social Sciences as well! Throughout my time at USF, I blossomed into this person I never thought I would be and there are so many people who have helped me along the way.