Preservice Teachers

SunCoast Area Teacher Training and Educational Research (SCATTER) Program


The SunCoast Area Teacher Training and Education Research (SCATTER) is the USF College of Education's Honors Program. SCATTER is devoted to the professional development of its members through activities and opportunities provided by experts in the field of education. Our program is designed for students willing to go the extra mile and to do whatever it takes to overcome challenges.

SCATTER's mission is to enhance the teaching profession by producing exemplary teachers who exhibit a passion for lifetime learning for themselves and for the students whose lives they touch. Our objective is to help you achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams of becoming and remaining an exceptional teacher through professional development, service, and research.



The SunCoast Area Teacher Training & Education Research Honors Program (SCATTER), formally known as SCATT, was founded by an act of the Florida Legislature in 1981 on the premise that our prospective teachers are the key to influencing the future of our society! The SCATTER Program is designed to attract and retain the best and the brightest in education.

Over the years, more than 9,000 students and teachers have graduated from our pre-service teacher preparation program, become graduate clinical teachers, or have attended our support program for teachers seeking certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). SCATTER has been documented to be the best known program in the USF College of Education.

SCATTER is distinctive because students voluntarily participate in extensive educational workshops and seminars in the core pre-service program in order to graduate with SCATTER honors credentials. The program is available to undergraduates and graduate degree seeking students who want to be the best educators that they can be, and are willing to go above and beyond the fine course offerings of the College to participate in additional research-based, cutting edge training. The core of the program is offered across departments to all pre-service education students, regardless of major. These workshops and seminars are offered without credit, yet students continue to attend because of the quality of their experience.

In 1985, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) selected the SCATTER Program as one of the winners of the prestigious Showcase for Excellence Award. Educational Testing Service cited SCATTER as a major innovative teacher training program. In 1992, through a generous gift of the Anchin family, the David C. Anchin Center was established to support and encourage innovative programs which hold promise through "A Statement of Faith in the Educators of Today, A Commitment to Excellence in the Schools of Tomorrow." The gift was given, in part, because of the documented success of the SCATTER Program.

Together, SCATTER and the Anchin Center are annually reaching hundreds of teachers and leaders in Florida schools. In 2001, the NBPTS invited SCATTER to be one of eight programs highlighted in Advancing Teacher Development, their feature publication. Historically, SCATTER program faculty have been invited to NBPTS national conferences to feature our support programs for teachers in our region.

One of our highest forms of recognition is that school principals repeatedly confirm that they actively pursue hiring SCATTER graduates because of their greater knowledge, skills, positive attitude, and professional behaviors we so strongly embrace. Many of the leaders in our local schools are graduates of the SCATTER Program and attribute much of their success to their early experiences and training from our SCATTER workshops and seminars.

Become A Member 

Undergraduate of graduate students may apply to the SCATTER program. The SCATTER application is separate from the USF College of Education Application, and applications may be submitted by email or turned into the SCATTER Office in room 201 of the David C. Anchin Center (DAC) in the College of Education. You can join at any time but because we offer enhancements to your education, the longer you're involved the greater experience you will receive.


1. Be accepted into the University of South Florida
2. Have a 3.0 GPA
3. Complete a SCATTER Application form

Click Here to download the SCATTER Application.


1. Attend a SCATTER orientation to learn the requirements and other information to help you get the most from your SCATTER experience
2. Agree to and sign your SCATTER membership contract
3. Pay a $50.00 application processing fee (this fee can be paid by visiting the SCATTER Store)

Benefits of Being a SCATTER Member Include:

Contact SCATTER:

College of Education

4202 E. Fowler Ave, EDU105
Tampa, FL 33620

Bldg: DAC 201
Phone: 813-974-2061
Fax: 813-974-5910

For more information about SCATTER Workshops, registration, the SCATTER Store or news and events, visit the organization's Bullsync profile. 

SCATTER is also on Facebook!