Admission

As a practice, the School of Education takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We assess each applicant with balanced consideration, looking at their life experiences, personal attributes, and academic metrics. We also evaluate how applicants may contribute to the school and to their chosen field.


The School of Education has application requirements that pertain to all students and certain programs. Please refer to the sections below for information about your program’s requirements.

  1. Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
  2. One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
  3. Applicants must have earned their Bachelor's and/or Masters' degrees from a regionally accredited institution. They must provide a background of academic preparation and/or professional experience that demonstrates their ability to pursue graduate level programs.
  4. MA and Credential applicants: Recommended GPA of 2.75; Doctoral applicants: Recommended GPA of 3.0 from a graduate program
  5. Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
  6. Current résumé.
  7. A Statement of Intent — Applicants should address the following prompt in their application: Discuss your past experiences highlighting any specific link to international, multicultural, and or social justice education. What issues are you passionate about? What are your academic and research goals for this doctoral program and beyond? (Limit is 3 pages, single-spaced).

BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT

  • Candidates must also satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement for graduate programs. 
  • See full details on CTC website.
  • Copies of passing scores can be accepted until official scores are submitted.

Doctoral Applicants Must Also Submit:

  1. MA thesis (excerpt or complete copy) or graduate level paper.
  2. Official scores for either the Graduate Record Examinations or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Test scores must be sent directly to USF by the Psychological Corporation (MAT). No photocopies of the results will be accepted. Scores must have been obtained within the past five years. 

USF's MAT Code is 1973.

Note to all Doctoral Applicants: The initial admission to a School of Education doctoral program is a preliminary decision. During their first year, students develop a portfolio in order to demonstrate competence in research methodology and department-specific content. Completion of portfolio requirements is necessary for final admission into a doctoral program.

For Preliminary Admin Services Credential Applicants Only:

  • All requirements listed above
  • Proof of Basic Skills requirement
  • Valid Clear teaching or services credential
  • Verification of a minimum of four years successful, full-time experience in public, non-public, or private schools under a credential with specialization in either; a) pupil personnel services, library services, health services, clinical or rehabilitation services, b) designated subjects, or c) teaching credential.

*Verification of four (4) years full-time experience under a valid credential must be completed by the start of the program documented on original school letterhead signed by the superintendent, director of personnel, or director of human resources. Substitute or part-time service does not apply.