College of Education


The Mission of Childhood Education & Literacy Studies


Childhood Education and Literacy Studies is a distinguished academic community of scholars who engage in innovative inquiry and teacher education in the fields of early childhood, elementary education, and literacy studies.


Childhood Education and Literacy Studies engages in research, teaching, and service targeted at the highest standards of discovery, creativity, and intellectual attainment in diverse contexts. The Department accomplishes this mission by fulfilling six equally important and related goals:

  • Designing, implementing, and researching innovative programs in the fields of early childhood, elementary education, literacy studies, and teacher education
  • Strengthening connections between theory and practice by building inquiry-based partnerships with community stakeholders
  • Fostering in our students the personal and professional dispositions of inquiry within a context of respect and ethical behavior
  • Developing, utilizing, and systematically studying innovative technologies that impact teaching and learning
  • Understanding and embracing social, cultural, and ethnic diversity within a global perspective
  • Serving the community through scholarship

USF Strategic Goals

The University of South Florida pursues its stature as a pre-eminent research university with state, national, and global impact, and positions itself for membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) through five strategic goals. Childhood Education and Literacy Studies supports the USF strategic goals in clear and specific ways.

  1. We expand world-class interdisciplinary research, creative, and scholarly endeavors.
    • Promote nationally and internationally distinctive and prominent research and graduate programs,
    • Strengthen the University’s research support infrastructure to enhance contracts and grants workflow and output – through critically examining the applicability of alternative models of F&A indirect cost distribution, and other innovative mechanisms,
    • Focus on increasing the amount and proportional share of competitive federal research awards,
    • Enhance and expand the talent pool of world-class, competitively-funded faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students,
    • Establish a salary enhancement program that rewards highly productive faculty in the areas of teaching and learning; scholarship, research and creative endeavors; and service and engagement, and
    • Strengthen and support integrated and synergistic interdisciplinary research across disciplinary, departmental, college and campus boundaries.
  2. We expand local and global engagement initiatives to strengthen and sustain healthy communities and to improve the quality of life.
  3. We promote globally competitive undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that support interdisciplinary inquiry, intellectual development, knowledge and skill acquisition, and student success through a diverse, fully- engaged, learner-centered campus environment.
  4. We enhance all sources of revenue, and maximize effectiveness in business practices and financial management to establish a strong and sustainable economic base in support of USF’s growth.