College of Education


Elementary Education


Our elementary certification programs are committed to preparing teachers for diverse learners. The Association of Teacher Educators has selected the University of South Florida Childhood Education & Literacy Studies in Partnership with the Hillsborough County Public Schools Program as the winner of the
ATE 2014 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education (DPTE) Award.

and the

2014 NAPDS Exemplary Partnership Award
2014 Spirit of PDS Award




The B.S. in Elementary Education Program develops teachers who possess a sound pedagogical practice as well as an inquiry stance that allows them to differentiate instruction to enhance all students’ learning.

The MAT in Elementary Education/ESOL Program is designed for those who have a bachelor's degree in a non-elementary area from an accredited institution and wish to become certified teachers in grades Kindergarten through six.


The M.A. in Elementary Education Program is designed for professional educators who seek to further their knowledge and expertise in the field of elementary education. Our program includes a focus on teacher leadership. The successful candidate will select a curriculum emphasis from an elementary content area with a goal of proficiency in teaching elementary students and supporting the professional learning of others.

The Teacher Leadership for Student Learning Certificate is comprised of four courses with applied tasks designed to prepare teachers with an understanding of how they can work side by side their colleagues and principal / directors to improve student learning at their school.  Within the certificate coursework, teachers will learn about teacher leadership as well as the skills to engage in and lead teacher research, coach for student learning, and facilitate high quality job-embedded learning at their schools. This program is best suited for those educators currently teaching in PK - 12 education. At minimum, you must have access to a classroom to complete program requirements.

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Education prepares educators who are interested in working at the university level, within school districts, or in local, state, regional, national, or international agencies. The program encompasses a distinctive approach to understanding elementary practice through research and innovation that unites advocacy, community engagement, rigorous intellectual inquiry, and teacher leadership.