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Department of Childhood Education
and Literacy Studies

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Program

The department offers the Ed.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Reading/Language Arts. Ed.S. programs require coursework, written comprehensives, and a project. The Ed.S. program is separate from the Ph.D. and is planned as a terminal degree. Ed.S. coursework is not necessarily applicable to the Ph.D. degree.

Reading/Language Arts Specialization
This program prepares in-school leaders in the field (directors of R/LA programs for school systems, clinical directors in private or public settings, or curriculum supervisors). Through program experiences, students acquire expertise in reading/language arts processes, design and evaluation of instructional materials and techniques, and treatment of reading/language arts problems. A student may elect to acquire more depth in certain areas, but a basic knowledge in all is required.

Specific Admission Requirements
Be eligible for certification in at least one related area of education.
Have at least one year of successful experience in a professional school role.
Hold a Master's degree in Education (minimum of 16 graduate hours in R/LA or related disciplines). If this is not met, admission may be granted if student is willing to lengthen the program.


Students must be fully admitted to the program before they may enroll in specialization courses. Before admission, non-degree enrollment is limited to the following courses (12 hours maximum):
EDF 6407 Stat Anal Educ 1
EDF 7408 Stat Anal Educ 2

EDG 7667 Anal of Curr & Inst or EDG 7692 Issues in Curr & Instr or EDH 7225 Curr Dev in Higher Ed

Program Structure

Coursework Hours
Reading/Language Arts Specialization 27
Thesis/Project 9
Total 36 minimum post-master's hours

How to Apply

  • Submit Graduate Application online at FACTS ( Information: (813) 974-8800.
  • Submit GRE scores and transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office.  Minimum scores are the 35th percentile in each section (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing).
  • Submit the following items, in the order listed, in a single pdf file to -- a 1-2 page Statement of History and Goals and three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic potential.
  • When your file is complete, you may be invited for an interview with the Advanced Graduate Admissions Committee.  Interviews are not available during the Summer, so please apply for Fall admission early in the year (by January if possible).
  • Meet general requirements as specified in the current USF catalog.
  • Meet minimum GRE and GPA requirements (post-baccalaureate GPA of 3.25).
  • An earned master's degree from an accredited graduate school.
  • International applicants will be appraised individually.

Coordinator, Reading/Langauge Arts (Ph.D. and Ed.S)
Dr. Jenifer Schneider
Office: EDU202
(813) 974-1057

Coordinator, Early Childhood (Ph.D.)

Dr. Ilene R. Berson, NCSP
Office:  EDU202

Phone: (813) 974-7698

Admissions Exceptions
A limited number of applicants may be admitted as exceptions to GRE and/or GPA requirements. Candidate must have documentable compensating qualifications (e.g., GPA of 3.9 in post-baccalaureate work, scholarly publication, creative program development, or designing creative instructional methods and/or materials).

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