Admission Deadlines Summer: March 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Degree Type: M.A.
CIP Code 13.1202
Major Code AEE
Department Code EDR

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

Program Information

The M.A. in Elementary Education is a selective degree program designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree and who seek to advance their career in an educational role as a master teacher or teacher leader in a public, private, or non-profit school setting. Graduates bring leadership skills to teaching and curriculum focused teacher leadership roles in schools and education-related organizations. The concentration is designed to teach and assess the knowledge, skills and dispositions of effective teaching and leadership in curriculum, instruction, and professional development for P-6 teachers. This degree does not lead to certification.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • Candidates are knowledgeable about principles in human development and education and instruction.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • Candidates are reflective and develop well-reasoned beliefs based on integrity and respect for the rights of others.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Candidates critically analyze data, integrating theory, research and practice, and use their analyses to evaluate and inform the decisions they make for education design and practice.
  4. Educational Design
    • Candidates create effective instructional programs.
    • Candidates demonstrate proficiency in educational design.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • Candidates construct learning environments that reflect the diversity of experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students and the larger world.
    • Candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectations for all students.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet USFSM’s university admissions requirements as well as the requirements listed below:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university, and have earned a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher in an upper division coursework OR,
  • Have earned a graduate degree with a 3.50 GPA from a regionally credited institution.
  • A valid professional teaching certificate or be eligible for professional certification through FLDOE.
  • A personal statement (300-500 words) stating educational or professional purpose for pursuing this graduate degree. Because this is a selective graduate program, the personal statement will be closely reviewed in the decision process.
  • A current resume.
  • Two recommendations, at least one of which is from a direct supervisor.

Note: Students with an upper level undergraduate degree with a GPA below 3.00 may still be eligible for admission if they take the GRE and achieve a 1000 combined score (old scale) or 300 combined score (new scale).

International Applicants

All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the School of Education must provide the following:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts with cumulative and upper-level GPA calculations;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or clinical education;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).


TaskStream is a web-based electronic portfolio required of students in the School of Education (SOE) programs.  It provides a way to submit documents, including Critical Tasks, Transition Point Projects, Disposition Self-Assessments, and forms such as the Filed-work and Diversity Tracking Forms to instructors for feedback and assessment.  These assessments are used to evaluate candidate progress toward meeting standards set by the faculty, Florida Department of Education where applicable and pertinent professional organizations.  The SOE faculty analyzes data from the assessments and uses the data for program planning in order to ensure continuous improvement.

USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Education degree-seeking students enrolled in a course with a Critical Task, Transition Point Project, Dispositions Assessment, Field-work, or Portfolio, are required to have a subscription to Taskstream; please visit the Taskstream homepage to create an account –

Graduation Requirements

  • A planned program of study should be completed and filed with academic advisor before or during first term of study.
  • Successful completion of all courses as listed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • Grades below “C” are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • At the time of graduation, only those courses completed within the previous 5 years will count toward the degree.
  • Student must apply for graduation by deadline of the term in which the student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in Taskstream are satisfactorily completed.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate study in the semester in which they graduate.

Coursework Requirements (36 credit hours)

Required Core (18 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDA 6106 Administrative Analysis and Change 3 PR: EDA 6061
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620
EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research 3 PR: EDF 6432; DPR  See advisor regarding prerequisite
EDG 6285 School Curriculum Improvement 3 Open only to teachers in service See advisor regarding waiver
EDS 6050 Principles and Practices of Educational Supervision 3 PR: EDA 6192; Graduate Standing
EDG 6935 Seminar in Curriculum Research 3 PR: TSL 5085

Teacher Curriculum Leadership Concentration (18 credit hours)

The following four (4) courses (12 credit hours), and Capstone (3 credit hours) are required.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDE 6365 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Elementary Student Learning 3 Graduate standing
EEC 6205 E.C.: Curriculum and Authentic Assessment 3 None
EEX 6248 Instructional Approaches for Exceptional Populations 3 Graduate standing
RED 6544 Cognition, Comprehension and Content Area Reading 3 None
EDG 6975 Project: Masters/Specialist 3  None

Choose one (1) course from the following:

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EME 6425 Technology for School Management 3
EME 6613 Development of Technology-Based Instruction 3  PR: EDF 6284
EDF 6606 Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education 4
EDF 6809 Intro to Comparative and International Education 3