Undergraduate Major

Education students at the USF St. Petersburg campus consistently perform at the top of their field in the state. The Education major trains students to become public school teachers and leads to teacher certification. The program integrates the pedagogy, content and clinical experiences necessary for graduates to be eligible for teacher certification in Exceptional Student Education and Elementary Education from the Florida Department of Education. Students who successfully complete this program are also qualified to add Reading & ESOL Endorsement to their teaching certificate. 


The College of Education offers a B.S. in Education on the St. Petersburg campus as well as an Education minor.

View more information about education options on the USF Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.


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Students can graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with a certificate in K-6 Elementary Education, as well as certification in K-12 Exceptional Student Education. It also comes with endorsements in reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL. An endorsement denotes particular expertise in an instructional level or methodology on a Florida teaching certificate. The dual-track elementary education degree provides students with two endorsements and two certifications when they graduate. 

The St. Petersburg campus is also home to the STEM INQ lab, allowing aspiring educators and current faculty to infuse the latest in science, technology, education and math into teaching methods. The lab is rich with multidisciplinary tools, including 3D printers, AutoCAD and virtual and augmented reality to enhance experiential and inquiry-based models of learning.

We are also proud to host the Call Me MiSTER program, which recruits men of color from diverse backgrounds to complete a teacher preparation program at USF and earn their initial teacher certification. Conducted in partnership with Pinellas County Schools, the program's goal is to increase the number of male teachers of color who go on to teach in urban school settings.

Overall, an education degree from the College of Education has proven to be extremely marketable. Ninety-eight percent of the graduates secure jobs in their field within six months after graduating. Most have job offers before they graduate.



Always refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for degree requirements. Students will typically begin progress toward the major by taking at least one course from the major core, as these often serve as prerequisites for the electives. Students are urged to consult with the education advisor to create the most beneficial set of courses.


For questions about this program, contact an Academic Advisor