Students may complete a state-approved program to be eligible for certification in Elementary Education (Grades K-6). The programs of study below include both coursework and extensive field experience in elementary school settings to enable to students to integrate theory with teaching practice. A professional portfolio that reflects students' demonstration of the Accomplished Practices (APs) is a requirement for graduation. Degree and certification requirements are subject to change in accordance with state mandates. Students admitted to any USF elementary program on the Tampa Campus need to take required courses on the Tampa Campus as they are designed to specifically meet our program goals.
Our new Elementary Teacher Residency Program is a highly competitive cohort-based program designed to develop the best teaching candidates for degrees in Elementary Education. The program features a faculty-mentored residency experience in which students’ coursework is embedded in field experiences with the partnership schools to include a focus on Inquiry, Inclusion, Innovation, and Integrated Literacy Instruction. This program requires full-time registration each semester including summer as well as a year long residency.
Elementary General Admission Program (for Students accepted prior to Fall 2012)
This current program of study includes both coursework and three field experiences in elementary school settings to enable students to integrate theory with teaching practice.
Students accepted prior to Fall 2012 in the Elementary General Admission Program must complete all coursework by Spring 2014.
Elementary Cohort Program (for Students accepted Fall 2012 and later)
This new cohort based program of study includes both course work and field experiences in specifically selected clinical sites to enable students to integrate theory with teaching practice. This program requires full-time registration each semester including summer. Students can start the program in the Fall and Spring semesters only. (More information will be posted soon.)
For inquiries regarding admission to the College of Education Elementary Education undergraduate programs above, please contact:
PreEducation Advising office in EDU 107 (first floor of the Education Building)
Schedule an advising appointment with one of our PreEducation Advisors by visiting our prospective student site:
For more details about admission and/or information about the Elementary Education Teacher Residency Program, contact:
Dr. Danielle Dennis
For students accepted into one of the programs above and seek advisement, please contact: