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College of Education Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th to October 15th honoring the history and contributions of Hispanic culture.

Each year the College of Education honors those who have supported the advancement of Latinos in education through the Outstanding Latino/a Educator (OLÉ) Awards and ceremony, hosted by the College Diversity Committee.

Now in its 10th year, the OLÉ Award was established in 2004 to recognize COEDU students of Hispanic heritage who demonstrate exceptional performance and potential in the areas of teaching, research and service. Recipients are nominated by faculty. One award is given at the undergraduate, master’s/specialist, and doctoral level.  Honorable mentions are also given for each degree level.

This year’s awards event will be held Friday evening, October 17th from 6:00-8:00 pm in the COEDU TECO Room.  The celebration dinner is an opportunity for nominees to share their accomplishments with their families and friends. See last year’s recipients.

Support and mentoring for Hispanic students, and recruitment of Hispanic teachers is critical, given the increasing diversity of our school populations. Although Hispanic students have become the largest minority, nationally, Hispanics account for less than 8 percent of the nation’s teachers, according to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  Established in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, the Initiative seeks to increase educational opportunities and improve educational outcomes for Hispanics.

Contributing to this initiative, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)  housed in the College of Education, is designed to assist students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds – many of whom are of Hispanic background - in completing their first year of college  with academic support, mentoring and tuition assistance.  Several scholarships are available to migrant students who wish to become teachers: Florida Tomato Exchange Scholarship, the Sunripe Scholarship , and the Florida Strawberry Association Scholarship.

Other scholarships available for Hispanic students include the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers Scholarship and the USF Latino Scholarship Program.


Join us for USF's Homecoming Game

Tickets for the Saturday, October 11th homecoming football game against East Carolina University are also available at a discounted price for COEDU Alumni, Family, Friends, and Donors,  For more information visit: CLICK HERE


News and EventsSpotlight on COEDU

Partnership Brings Jane Goodall's Global "Roots and Shoots" Program to Local School Children

Here in our own backyard, through efforts of the USF College of Education /Hillsborough County Schools Elementary Partnership, in collaboration with the USF College of Arts and Sciences, two elementary schools on or near campus, Pizzo Elementary and MOSI Partnership School, have started Roots & Shoots projects to revitalize and maintain school gardens.

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program Gulf Coast Partnership Video to be Screened at National Conference

In the five minute video, “Got Purpose? Leadership Preparation in The Gulf Coast Partnership (GCP),” leadership students share insights and inspirations from their principal preparation program. The video can be viewed at: Use password: UCEA2014.

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Week of Welcome

The College of Education hosted an energetic and informative Week of Welcome Event on Wednesday, August 27, to invite new students into the college community..



National Scholarships awarded to college of Education Students. Ms. Cindy Ibarra and Ms. Ashley Parkhurst have each been awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom for the 2014 summer semester. Ms. Kelly Brabant has been accepted to the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) summer intern workshop and associate program at the Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.



Dr. Liliana Rodriguez-Campos, Associate Professor in Educational Measurement and Research, is recipient of the 2014 Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by the USF Faculty Senate in recognition of outstanding teaching.


Dr. Liliana Rodriguez-Campos
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U.S. News and World Report Best On-line Graduate Programs 2014 ranks the College of Education among the top 40 institutions with the best on-line graduate (master’s level) education degree programs.

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COEDU Faculty Explain Common Core Standards on Daytime Morning Show

Dr. Gladis Kersaint, Dr. Deborah Kozdras, appeared on the Channel 8 Daytime morning show to dispel myths about the new Common Core Standards for grades K-12 in mathematics and language arts, and explain how the new standards differ from previous standards.

From left to right: Daytime hosts Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards; Dr. Gladis Kersaint, Dr. Deborah Kozdras



USF Preschool for Creative Learning earns Four-Star Rating from Quality Counts for Kids, Hillsborough County's continuous quality improvement program for early childhood education.

College of Education signs Memorandum of Understanding with Minzu University of China

The MOU allows Masters students in Chinese language education from Minzu to come to USF for one year and graduate with a dual Masters from Minzu University and USF - College of Education with an M.Ed., concentration in Foreign Language Education. This agreement has been about two years in the making.

COEDU Dean Vasti Torres with Dr. Ying Zhang, Deputy Director, International Relations, Minzu University


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In October 2013 the COEDU received full reaccreditation from NCATE until 2020, with all standards met, and no areas for improvement cited.

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