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Department of Childhood Education
and Literacy Studies

Admissions Requirements for Master's Programs in Reading, MAT, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education with a Curriculum Emphasis

All applications must be submitted by the FACTS Online Graduate Application . Students should also visit the GraduateSchool website for the most up to date information. The website is

Admission Criteria

Applicants within upper-divison or overall four-year GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered for admissions. The Department will consider all aspects of an applicant's academic history (e.g, submitted test scores, even if not required) when making a recommendation on admission.

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required for master's degree applicants who have an upper-division (junior/senior) GPA of 2.50-2.99.  The GRE is waived for applicants with an upper-division GPA of 3.0 or higher or for applicants with a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.   GRE information: or [813] 974-2742. 

If you require the GRE, please do not apply until you have met the minimum score requirement.  Applications with missing or low GRE scores will be denied. Applicants who meet requirements at a later date may submit an Appeal for Reconsideration for a semester within one year of original application.

Applicants with upper-division or overall four-year GPA below 2.5 will not be admitted to any graduate program in the Department.

Non-Degree Students

The Grad Application is a free non-degree application for undeclared students, who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, and want to take graduate level courses.   Students who intend to apply non-degree credits toward a graduate program should take no more than 12 non-degree credits and should have the coursework pre-approved by an advisor.



Official transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions

USF Graduate Admissions

4202 E. Fowler Ave, BEH304

Tampa, FL  33620. 

If possible, fax a copy to (813) 974-0938.  However, official unopened copies must still be submitted to Graduate Admissions. 

Additional Requirements:   M.A. Reading and MAT Elementary Education 

Passing scores on the General Knowledge Test are required unless you passed all of CLAST prior to July 1, 2002 OR have a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate.   If you need GKT, register as soon as possible for the earliest available test at  Request that the scores be reported to USF -- AND-- submit an official Score Report to advisor (copies not acceptable).

GKT is part of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.  All four sections are required (Essay, Math, Reading, English Language).  Allowable substitutions for admissions purposes only:

  • CLAST (College Level Academic Skills Test) passed prior to July 1, 2002.   GKT is not required.
  • CLAST taken after July 1, 2002  *
  • GRE of 1000 or higher   *
  • Praxis 1  *

*If used for admission, GKT must be taken before the end of your first semester of admittance 

To review, all MAT and Reading students must pass GKT unless they passed CLAST prior to July 1, 2002 OR have a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate.  If you need GKT, we recommend you register for the next available test.

Additional Requirement for M.A. in Reading

Applicants must:

  1. submit an official professional Florida teaching certificate (copy not acceptable) to advisor at time of application OR
  2. have graduated from a state-approved certification degree program in education.

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