College of Education


Student Success

Childhood Education and Literacy Studies

Student Group

Cambridge Schools Experience: Study Abroad

The faculty, staff, and administration are committed to student success. We model differentiated instruction and we provide individual attention to students’ needs. We have developed distinct academic programs that are student-focused and we deliver course instruction in varying online and face-to-face learning environments. In our programs, students receive careful and thoughtful advising. We strive for timely and accurate communication and we use various forms of online and social media to provide the most current information to students. Students are treated with respect and care within the department and in courses. The student experience enables students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to succeed as outstanding educators.

As a student in Childhood Education and Literacy Studies there are many opportunities for you to become involved as a learner, scholar, and member of the Tampa Bay community. We understand that you are interested in our programs in order to expand your intellectual pursuits, but we also support your academic career within the context of a complete educational experience. We are dedicated to your success as a student and we want you to become an active member of the USF community. Go Bulls!

Tampa Bay: An Overview

Founded by Spanish, Italian, and Cuban immigrants, Tampa is located on the west central coast of Florida. The area offers many diverse economic, cultural, and social opportunities. Tampa has a thriving business community, visual and performing arts (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ringling Museum, Salvador Dali Museum, Florida Orchestra), major sports franchises (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays), and attractions (Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Disney World). Tampa Bay is known for wonderful outdoor recreational activities (boating, fishing, concerts, festivals), and we are home to some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world (Fort Desoto Park, Anna Maria Island, Clearwater Beach). Tampa’s international airport offers convenient, accessible travel to all parts of the United States and the world.

For more information about the City of Tampa, visit: TAMPA FLORIDA USA municipal government - official web site for the City of Tampa, Florida

For more information from the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, visit: The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

University of South Florida

USF Student Pride

Raychel Gantt, Elementary Education Major

Since opening for classes in 1960, USF has developed into one of the nation's major public research universities. USF is classified as Doctoral/Research Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked among the top 100 public research universities in the annual report "The Top American Research Universities." The University receives more than $250 million a year in external funding to support research and development projects.Virtually everyone in the Tampa Bay region-and beyond-enjoys some benefit from USF through countless outreach and engagement activities. USF contributes to the well being of its immediate urban neighborhoods through health care and networks of social research and service projects. USF has one of the largest metropolitan colleges of education in the nation, providing student teachers to public schools throughout the Tampa Bay region. Florida principals have rated USF education graduates the best prepared teachers in the state.

For more information about campus life and student services, visit: Campus Life - University of South Florida

For more information about student success, visit: Student Success - Academic Affairs - University of South Florida

College of Education

The College of Education is a USF research leader. The College ranks in the top third of all graduate schools of education in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report. The majority of the College's centers and institutes support the training and research interests of both graduate students and faculty. The College, in partnership with local school districts, has also established professional development schools to provide extensive professional and research opportunities for students, teachers, and university personnel.  College of Education faculty members have excellent teaching records and are actively engaged in research and other scholarly activities, including service to the University, the community, and the field of education.  These pursuits enable them to be at the cutting edge in their respective fields and to advance the knowledge base for those fields of study and for education in general.  In addition, faculty members hold offices in professional organizations and make substantial contributions as members of College and University committees. The College of Education at the University of South Florida has eight academic departments and offers many interdisciplinary programs and certificates. The College of Education is housed in a multi-million dollar, state of the art facility that includes wireless access, integrated classroom technology, and on-campus elementary schools.

For more information, visit: USF College of Education home page

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Philip Cottone

Philip Cottone (Elementary Education) receives the 2011 USF Golden Bull Award.