Program Admission Deadline Summer: March 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Degree Type: M.A.T.
CIP Code 13.1305
Major Code TSE
Department Code EDR
Minimum Total Hours 36
Degree Website

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.T. secondary English education program is designed to prepare outstanding secondary teachers. Students enter this program after completing baccalaureate degrees in fields related to English and language arts. The cross-disciplinary sequence of courses and the required fieldwork explore the content areas, classroom technologies, researched skills, and strategies to improve instruction.
a.) Level – Masters of Arts in Teaching
b.) Emphases – The emphasis is in secondary education with a specialization in English education with fieldwork and professional development.
c.) Credit Hours – The program is a total of 36 credit hours.
d.) Purpose – The primary objective of the proposed programs is to produce, on an annual basis, up to 20 program graduates eligible for teaching certification in Florida in secondary teaching. The students will already possess undergraduate degrees in the appropriate certification. Students will submit applications to the program which include all of the elements necessary for admission to a teacher certification program (a personal statement, evidence of experience working with children and young people, letters of reference, etc.). At the completion of the program, students are expected to be seeking teaching positions in in middle and high schools throughout the region and state.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Content Knowledge
    • English Education candidates demonstrate depth and breadth of content knowledge and content pedagogical knowledge across subject areas.
  2. Reflective and Ethical Practice
    • English Education candidates demonstrate self-reflection, professional growth, and ethical practice.
  3. Evaluation and Decision Making
    • English Education candidates use research-based practices and data to make instructional decisions.
  4. Educational Design
    • English Education candidates design educational experiences that result in positive impact on student academic achievement.
    • English Education candidates are proficient in integrating technology to enhance academic achievement.
  5. Learner as an Individual in the Community
    • English Education candidates enhance learning environments to meet needs of the diverse experiences, perspectives, and cultures of their students.
    • English Education candidates communicate in ways that demonstrate fairness, respect, and sensitivity to diversity, setting high academic expectation 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 in English or related field from a regionally accredited university, and have earned a GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher in all work cumulatively or as an upper division student OR,
  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.50 GPA for the graduate degree.
  • Passing scores in all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GKT) of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (must be within ten (10) years of graduation and application to FLDOE for certification); or a passing score on the GRE (on or after July 1, 2015) may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge in accordance with Rule 6A-4.0021 (12) FAC.
  • Personal statement (500 words) explaining why a career in English education is being pursued, any prior educational, volunteer, or professional experience working with children or young people, and goals for this degree.
  • Three (3) academic references attesting to readiness for graduate study.
  • Current resume.
  • Writing sample
  • Interview, if applicable.

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 internships;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates must take and successfully pass a Master’s Comprehensive Examination in English Education the last semester of their program. Note: This exam is not offered during the summer term.


USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Education degree-seeking students enrolled in a course with a Formative Task, Summative 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 –

Taskstream is a web-based electronic portfolio required of candidates in School of Education (SOE) programs.  It provides a way to submit documents, including Formative Tasks, Summative Critical Tasks, Transition Point Projects, Disposition Self-Assessments, and required documentation for Field-work and Diversity tracking to instructors for feedback and evaluation.

Formative Tasks (FT) are assessments used to demonstrate progress toward mastery of required knowledge, skills, or dispositions. Summative Critical Tasks (SCT) and Transition Point Projects are assessments used to demonstrate mastery of required knowledge, skills, or dispositions. Candidates must add SCTs and FTs to their electronic portfolio on Taskstream in accordance to their instructor’s directions before the course ends. Once a FT or SCT is in the portfolio on Taskstream, it will be evaluated by the instructor using a rubric that has a 5-point scale. To show mastery on a SCT, candidates must earn a mean score of 3.0 or above. If the candidate does not, the candidate is not allowed to pass the course. The FTs provide feedback on progress and identify areas in need of growth; there is no required minimum mean score for FTs.

These assessments and documents are used to evaluate candidate progress toward meeting standards set by the faculty, Florida Department of Education where applicable and pertinent progression organizations. The SOE faculty analyze data from the assessments and uses the data for program planning in order to ensure continuous improvement.

Graduation Requirements

The completion following the following requirements are the responsibility of the student:

  • Have a planned Program of Study on file with Program Advisor during first term of study.
  • Maintained a 3.00 GPA in all graduate coursework, even outside your program.
  • Grades below “C” are not acceptable toward degree requirements.
  • Satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Exam in secondary English education during the last semester of your program.
  • Submitted the graduation application by deadline.
  • No coursework used to fulfill the requirements of the program are more than five (5) years old.
  • Passing score on all sections of the required Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE):  the General Knowledge test (GKT – required for admission), the Professional Education Exam, and the Subject Area Exam in English (English 6-12). Submit an original copy of the results to the college prior to the final clinical semester.  Only passing exam scores earned no more than ten (10) years prior to the date of application to FLDOE are acceptable
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a minimum of two (2) hours of graduate study in the semester in which they graduate.
  • Student must apply for graduation in the term the student wishes to graduate.
  • All required assignments in Taskstream are satisfactorily completed

Coursework Requirements (36 credit hours)

Required Core (27 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
EDF 6133 Child & Adolescent Development and Learning 3 None
EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement 3 None
ESE 5344 Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society 3 None
TSL 5085 ESOL I – Theory and Practice of Teaching English Language Learners 3 None
TSL 5241 Applied Linguistics in Teaching Diverse Students 3 None
TSL 5086 ESOL II – Secondary Language & Literacy Acquisition in Children & Adolescents 3 PR: TSL 5085
LAE 6637 Current Trends in Secondary English Education 3 PR:  LAE 4335 or LAE 4642 Must be completed prior to clinical
LAE 5362 Methods of Teaching English Language Arts 3 None Must be completed prior to clinical
RED 6544 Cognition, Comprehension, and Content Area Reading: Remediation of Reading 3 None

Practicum, Clinical, Field Work (6 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
LAE 6947 Internship in Secondary Education for English 6 None CI; Passing scores on FTCE; must apply to and be approved by the Coordinator of Clinical Education

Approved Electives (3 credit hours)

Students will choose three (3) credit hours of electives (AML, ENL, ENG or LIT) at the 5000 level or above in addition to the coursework shown above.

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates must take and successfully pass a Master’s Comprehensive Examination in English Education the last semester of their program. Note: This exam is not offered during the summer semester.

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

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