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About the Program
If you want to become an elementary teacher (grades K-6) and have a bachelor's degree in a field outside of education, then this program is for you. Completion of the entire program (coursework and internships) leads to initial certification in Elementary Education with ESOL certification and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Elementary Education.
Approved by the Florida Department of Education
You must apply to USF St Petersburg Graduate Studies and also fulfill these requirements to be admitted to this program:
- Submit proof of one of these:
A grade point average of 3.0 or greater for the last two years of their undergraduate degree.
NOTE: For admission with a grade point average of 2.5 to 3.0, the University requires a score of 1000 or greater on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- Successful completion of all portions of the General Knowledge Test (GKT)* OR
- Successful completion of all portions of the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST), OR
- a GRE score of 1000, OR
- a Praxis I score (out-of-state applicants).
*The General Knowledge Test is preferred.
Check with our Academic Success Center for GRE tutoring and test sites: http://www.stpete.usf.edu/success
Financial Aid / Scholarships Information
Please visit our Financial Aid / Scholarships section to navigate through the financial aid and scholarships information.
Advisor: Dr. Deanna Michael
(727) 873-4191 fax
Program of Study (Program Courses)
Master Level Courses for Dual Track Masters in Elementary Education:
- EDG 6931 Trends in Differentiated Reading Instruction 3 hrs or RED 6658 Foundations and Applications of Differentiated Reading 3 hrs
- EDF 6931 Child Development 3 hrs or EDG 6931 Child Development 3 hrs
- FLE 5345 Teaching ELL's K-12** 3 hrs
- EDG 4012 Introduction to Standards-Based Education** 1 hrs
- MAE 4310 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics I 3 hrs or MAE 4314 Math for All Students 4 hrs
- EEX 4070 Integrating Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom 3 hrs
- EDE 4301 Classroom Management, Safety, Ethics, School Law 3 hrs or EDG 4444 Instructional Design and Classroom Management 3 hrs
- EDF 4430 Measurement 3 hrs or EDF 4440 Measurement and Assessment of All Students 4 hrs
- EDF 3604 Social Foundations of Education 3 hrs or EDF 6931 The Role of Education in Democracy 3 hrs
- EDE 4223 Creative Experiences in Art and Music for the Child 3 hrs
- HLP 4722 Health and Physical Education for the Child 2 hrs or HLP 4710 Integrated Art, Music, and P. E. (2)
- MAE 4326 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II 3 hrs
- SCE 4310 Teaching Elementary Science 3 hrs or SCE 4313 Science for All Students
- SSE 4313 Teaching Elementary Social Studies 3 hrs or EDG 4376 Literacy, Literature, and Social Studies for all Student or SSE 6617 Elementary Social Studies 3 hrs
- FLE 5145 Language Principles, Acquisition and Teaching 3 hrs
- LAE 6316 Literature in a Diverse Society 3 hrs
- LAE 6616 Trends in Language Arts 3 hrs
- RED 6544 Cognition, Comprehension, Remediation, and Content Area Reading 3 hrs
- EDG 6931 Practicum in Elementary Education 3 hrs
- EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research 3 hrs
- FLE 5940 ESOL Practicum 1 hrs
- EDG 6947 Final Internship 6 hrs
Make an appointment with your advisor to review your program of study upon acceptance.
Course substitutions are possible with written permission of the program advisor. At graduation all credits used to satisfy requirements for the Master's Degree must have been completed within five academic years. Courses taken in lieu of those listed here must be approved in writing by the program, and the COE's Graduate Studies Office.
** Mandatory during first semester. To add other courses, consult program advisor.
Course Sequencing: The following courses must be taken in sequential order:
1) FLE 5345 2) FLE 5145 3) FLE 5940
1) EDG 6931 Foundations of Differentiated Reading 2) RED 6544
Forms/Documents for Students
Please visit our Forms & Documents for Students section to download and print documents and forms.
The Comprehensive Exams assess knowledge from various course topics. In the Dual Track program, the Teacher Work Sample (TWS) with a research basis is assessed as the comprehensive exam / project.
Certification Exams: General Knowledge Test, Elementary Education K-6, Professional Education.
Please visit our FTCE exam section to navigate through the Florida Teacher Certification Exam process.
Please visit our College of Education Internship Office section to navigate through the internship and practicum process.
Graduation Requirements & Dates
At graduation all credits used to satisfy requirements for the Master's Degree must have been completed within five academic years.
Courses taken in lieu of those listed here must be approved in writing by the program, and the COE's Graduate Studies Office.
Please visit our Graduation section to navigate through the graduation process.
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION: DUAL TRACK PROGRAM - SELF-CHECKLIST
Students are responsible for all information in the USFSP COE Graduate Catalog and department materials.
- Submit graduate application online at
- Submit official transcripts to
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Office of Graduate Admissions
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 204
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5016
Letters of recommendation are not required for applicants who meet requirements.
- Have Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores reported to USFSP Graduate Admissions. For GRE and TOEFL: institution code 5828
- Obtain an online Graduate Catalog. http://www.stpt.usf.edu/spgrad/Graduate_Catalog_Index.htm
- Validate your admission by taking at least one course in the semester in which you are admitted. If you are unable to do so, contact Associate Dean, Dr. Deanna Michael (727-873-4991) otherwise, you will be dropped from the program.
- File a Planned Program of Studies with your advisor during the first semester admitted.
- Maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain in good academic standing.
- Submit an application for the Practicum (EDG 6931) by the deadline, the semester before interning.
- Apply for Final Internship two semesters prior to the semester you plan to intern. Register for Final Internship (EDG 6947) in the semester of internship. Details regarding Final Internship can be found at http://www.stpete.usf.edu/coe/internship/index.htm.
- Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FCTE), (Elementary Education K-6 subject area exam, General Knowledge Test and Professional Education) prior to Final Internship. Submit an original score sheet to the Associate Dean, Dr. Deanna Michael (COQ 201) as soon as all exams are passed.
- Submit the Application for Degree (Graduation) to your advisor before the end of the semester prior to the one you plan to graduate. Meet with your advisor at this time to review graduation requirements. The form is online at http://www.registrar.usf.edu/forms/GraduateDegreeApp22010-04-16_15_30_30.pdf. Please print the form and turn it in at the College of Education Office at COQ 201.
Frequently asked questions about the Dual Track Program
- Can I attend full-time or part-time?
Yes, for either option. However, your course of study should be carefully planned each semester because some courses are only offered at night and some courses may have a limited number of sections.
- Can I complete the program in St. Petersburg?
The entire Dual Track program is offered at USF St. Petersburg. In addition, courses in the program are offered at Pasco Hernando Community College (PHCC) in New Port Richey.
- Can I complete the program by taking classes only at night?
Two semesters of field experience are required in the Dual Track program. EDG 6931 (Practicum) students are assigned to elementary classrooms two days per week for twelve weeks. ESOL III Practicum (FLE 5940) students work with ESOL children in the public schools for 60 hours. EDG 6947 (Final Internship) is a full-time internship for an entire semester. In addition to the internships, some courses may be available only during the day (some semesters).
- How long does it take to complete the program?
Students attending full-time can complete the program, including internships, in five to six semesters. Those attending part-time will lengthen the time required to complete the program. However, coursework may not be older than five years at the time of graduation.
- May I take courses before I am admitted to the program?
You may take specified courses at USF St. Petersburg as a non-degree seeking student. Please note that only 12 credits maybe transferred into the program.
- May I transfer courses from another university?
With departmental approval, a maximum of 8 semester hours or three graduate courses may be transferred from a regionally accredited university. However, no undergraduate courses may be substituted for a graduate course. You will be asked to provide a transcript, catalog course description, and syllabus.
- What are the Comprehensive Exams?
The Comprehensive Exams assess knowledge from various course topics. In the Dual Track program, the Teacher Work Sample (TWS) with a research basis is assessed as the comprehensive exam / project
- How do I receive the ESOL Endorsement?
Several Courses in the Dual Track Program satisfy requirements for the state endorsement in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). The endorsement will be noted on your transcript.