Degree Type: M.A.
CIP Code 13.0101
Major Code EDD
Department Code LEA
Minimum Total Hours 34
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Program Information

The M.A. in Education is a selective degree program designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree and who seek to advance their career in an educational role in business, non-profit, and educational settings.  It is appropriate for working professionals because classes are online. This program of study does not lead to state certification or licensure; therefore, students who seek teaching certification should consider the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program.  This degree program offers students an opportunity to pursue an area of concentration in the following:

  • Online Teaching and Learning (34 credit hours) (OTL)

The interdisciplinary sequence of courses enables students to individualize the plan of study consistent with program strengths and personal career goals.  Research skills and strategies to improve education are included.

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, demonstrated through reflection on problems in education and that pertain to ethical issues.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • Candidates are analytical of data, theoretical underpinnings, research, and curriculum & instruction, and use their analyses to evaluate and inform the decision they make for education design and practice.
  4. Educational Design
    • Candidates create effective instructional programs.
    • Candidates demonstrate proficiency in educational technology aligned to the NETS-T standards.
  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

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 (4.00 scale) or better GPA in upper division coursework; or
  • Have earned a graduate degree with a 3.50 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • 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

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 a ‘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 2 credit hours of graduate study in the semester in which they graduate.

Required Coursework Total Minimum Credit Hours 34

Required Core Requirements (17 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDF 6215 Learning Principles Applied to Instruction 4 CI
EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research 3 PR: EDF 6432; DPR
EDF 6606 Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education 4 None
EDG 6627 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 3 PR: EDG 4620
EDF 6809 Intro to Comparative and International Education 3 None

Required Courses – Concentration in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) (17 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDF 6284 Problems in Instructional  Design for Computers 3 Computer literacy
EDF 6944 Field Experience 4 CI Recommend PR: EDG 6935 with a minimum grade of “C” or better and CI. This course is taken in the last semester after the completion of 27-30 credit hours of core and concentration requirements.
EME 6076 Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning 4 None
EME 6613 Development of Technology-Based Instruction 3 EDF 6284; DPR
EDG 6935 Seminar in Curriculum Research 3 None

Program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates and Florida State Department of Education program approval standards if applicable to this program.  Please contact program academic advisor for more information.

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