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SCATTER's mission is to enhance the teaching profession by producing exemplary teachers who exhibit a passion for lifetime learning for themselves and for the students whose lives they touch. Our objective is to help you achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams of becoming and remaining an exceptional teacher through professional development, service, and research.


  • Embrace the fundamental responsibility and vital role of the educator in a changing society;
  • Celebrate the learning opportunities presented by a diverse society;
  • Personify excellence in all that they do;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to achievement for all P-12th grade students; and
  • Exhibit a passion for a lifetime of learning for themselves and for the students whose lives they touch.



The SunCoast Area Teacher Training & Education Research Honors Program (SCATTER), formally known as SCATT, was founded by an act of the Florida Legislature in 1981 on the premise that our prospective teachers are the key to influencing the future of our society! The SCATTER Program is designed to attract and retain the best and the brightest in education. Over the years, more than 9000 students and teachers have graduated from our pre-service teacher preparation program, become graduate clinical teachers, or have attended our support program for teachers seeking certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). SCATTER has been documented to be the best known program in the College of Education.

SCATTER is distinctive because students voluntarily participate in extensive educational workshops and seminars in the core pre-service program in order to graduate with SCATTER honors credentials. The program is available to undergraduates and masters degree seeking students who want to be the best educators that they can be, and are willing to go above and beyond the fine course offerings of the College to participate in additional research-based, cutting edge training. The core of the program is offered across departments to all pre-service education students, regardless of major. These workshops and seminars are offered without credit, yet students continue to attend because of the quality of their experience.

In 1985, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) selected the SCATTER Program as one of the winners of the prestigious Showcase for Excellence Award. Educational Testing Service cited SCATTER as a major innovative teacher training program.  In 1992, through a generous gift of the Anchin family, the David C. Anchin Center was established to support and encourage innovative programs which hold promise through *AA Statement of Faith in the Educators of Today, A Commitment to Excellence in the Schools of Tomorrow. The gift was given, in part, because of the documented success of the SCATTER Program. Together, SCATTER and the Anchin Center are annually reaching hundreds of teachers and leaders in Florida schools.  In 2001, the NBPTS invited SCATTER to be one of eight programs highlighted in Advancing Teacher Development, their feature publication. Historically, SCATTER program faculty have been invited to NBPTS national conferences to feature our support programs for teachers in our region.

One of our highest forms of recognition is that school principals repeatedly confirm that they actively pursue hiring SCATTER graduates because of their greater knowledge, skills, positive attitude, and professional behaviors we so strongly embrace. Many of the leaders in our local schools are graduates of the SCATTER Program and attribute much of their success to their early experiences and training from our SCATTER workshops and seminars.

In fall of 2013, Dr. Joan F. Kaywell changed the name from SCATT to SCATTER. Kaywell said, "we have generated a lot of fertilizer over the years and now it's time to SCATTER about.  Seriously, adding the E-R for 'Education Reasearch' at the end of the name is in keeping with the current goals of the college and university."


*from the work of Stephen R. Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. "Abundance mentality" describes the cooperative mindset that infuses the working and learning environments in SCATTER of plentiful praise, support, and resources for the benefit of all.

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Tampa, FL 33620

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Phone: 813-974-2061

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