Undergraduate

Undergraduate Majors

The College of Education offers various undergraduate degree programs in the field of education. To learn more about admission requirements specific to each of our programs, visit the program's website or contact your academic advisor.


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Early Childhood Education (with Reading Endorsement)

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
For aspiring teachers who have a passion for shaping the minds of early learners, the Early Childhood Education Program is designed to develop knowledgeable, responsive and innovative professionals who are committed to creating dynamic and stimulating learning environments with an emphasis on inquiry, creativity and reflectivity. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for teacher certification in the state of Florida for Pre-Kindergarten/Primary (age 3 - Grade 3).

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Education (with ESOL and Reading Endorsement)

Offered on USF's St. Petersburg campus
USF’s Bachelor of Science in Education integrates the pedagogy, content, and clinical experiences necessary for graduates to be eligible for teacher certification in Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education from the Florida Department of Education. Students who successfully complete this program are also eligible to add a Reading Endorsement to their teaching certificate. 

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Educational Studies

Offered on USF's St. Petersburg campus
USF’s Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies prepares students to engage in educational settings beyond the classroom, including settings such as museums, non-profit organizations, community based organizations and businesses where teaching and training are an integral part of the organization. This program does not lead to teacher certification, nor is it a teacher preparation program.

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Elementary Education (with ESOL and Reading Endorsement)

Offered on USF's Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses
The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as an elementary classroom teacher. The program includes both coursework and extensive field experience in elementary school settings to enable the students to integrate theory with teaching practice. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in Elementary Education (grades K-6).

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English Education (with ESOL Endorsement)

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
The Bachelor of Science in English Education prepares students to develop content knowledge related to structures and functions of language, diverse literature (including print and non-print texts and multimedia), adolescent literacy and writing theories and processes. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in English (grades 6-12).

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Exceptional Student Education (with ESOL & Reading Endorsements)

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
The Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education prepares teachers to work with children who have emotional and behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, and specific learning disabilities. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in Exceptional Student Education (grades K-12).

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Exercise Science

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science prepares students for careers in strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, community-based fitness, cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy school.

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Mathematics Education

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education explores educational foundations, methods, and theory and practice of teaching mathematics at grades 6-12. It is designed to prepare effective teachers of middle and high school mathematics who are knowledgeable, reflective, caring, and are able to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Students who complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in Mathematics (grades 6-12). 

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Mathematics Education with Middle School Mathematics Concentration

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
The Middle Grades Mathematics (grades 5-9) concentration is designed to prepare students with the specialized knowledge, skills and dispositions to teach young adolescent learners in the middle grades setting effectively. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible for certification from the Florida Department of Education in Middle Grades Mathematics (grades 5-9). 

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Physical Education

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education is designed for those who wish to become Florida certified teachers in Physical Education and teach students in K-12 schools. Coursework in the major begins in the student's junior year and takes place over a two-year program of study. Students who complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in Physical Education (grades K-12). 

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Science Education with Biology Education Concentration

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
Designed for those who have a passion for science and technology, USF's Science Education Program prepares aspiring teachers to use research, theory, and science content knowledge to help their students explore how the world around them—and how it works. Students who complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in Biology (grades 6-12). 

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Science Education with Chemistry Education Concentration

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
Designed for those who have a passion for science and technology, USF's Science Education Program prepares aspiring teachers to use research, theory, and science content knowledge to help their students explore how the world around them—and how it works. Students who complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in Chemistry (grades 6-12).

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Science Education with Physics Education Concentration

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
Designed for those who have a passion for science and technology, USF's Science Education Program prepares aspiring teachers to use research, theory, and science content knowledge to help their students explore how the world around them—and how it works. Students who complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in Physics (grades 6-12).

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Social Science Education

Offered on USF's Tampa campus
For those who hope to inspire their students to be active and responsible members of society, the Social Science Education undergraduate program engages students in the study of cultural and historical tradition and informed social criticism. Students who complete this program are eligible for teacher certification from the Florida Department of Education in in Social Science (grades 6-12).

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Degree and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.