Teaching, Elementary Education

School of Education
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Master’s Degree

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
— Brad Henry

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T), Elementary Education program is designed to prepare outstanding elementary teachers. The Elementary Education Program is a nationally and regionally accredited with a curriculum that is current, research-based and standards-based.

Students enter this program after completing baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education. It prepares teacher candidates to meet the needs of diverse student learners through arts integration instructional strategies and English as a Second Language (ESOL) Endorsement. With small class sizes, this program provides teacher candidates with superior education from faculty. Through coursework and supervised field experiences, M.A.T. graduates will enter the teaching profession committed to excellence in teaching and instructional leadership.

USFSM and the Sarasota and Manatee school districts have entered into a partnership to ensure that students have a uniquely focused experience within public schools. These school sites have been selected for onsite instruction, excellent mentoring and are designed to help USFSM students become highly effective teachers.

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Is the Elementary Education Program Right for You?

Do you like to work collaboratively with others? Are you someone who loves children and are committed to their success? Do you feel inspired to guide and mentor young minds?

If so, a career in Elementary Education may be the right career path for you! Teachers are motivated to learn, lead and inspire future generations in addition to transforming the educational field. They feel committed to cultivating the success of younger generations and value life-long learning, collaboration and reflection as important components of both professional and personal growth. Teachers are devoted to caring for and molding young students into successful future leaders.

Future Careers

Elementary teachers with graduate degrees are highly demanded by both public and private schools. But in addition to becoming elementary teachers, graduates with a Master’s in Elementary Education can also pursue careers as counselors or hold administration positions within the school system. If you have an interest in mentoring children, USFSM’s M.A.T. degree will properly prepare you for any career path within the Elementary Education field.

For more information on future careers and internships, please visit Career Services.

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