About the

College of Education

The College of Education seeks to prepare exemplary teachers and school leaders for roles in a diverse and changing society.

The College offers graduate and undergraduate programs that are recognized for accomplishing defined learning outcomes, supported by a foundation of applied research, and dedicated to meeting the needs of the diverse communities it serves.

 The faculty and staff of the College of Education are here to help you become knowledgeable professionals, reflective teachers and collaborative leaders.

Students study education at USFSP because…

  • Advantages of a Top 50 research university in a close-knit learning community.
  • Small classes taught by professors conducting groundbreaking research.
  • Experienced and nationally known faculty.
  • Career networking and graduate admission advantages.
  • Students engage in practical experience and educational research.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAM APPROVAL

PREPARATION OF QUALITY TEACHERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS

Ensuring the preparation of quality teachers and other professional educators for the State of Florida is a fundamental component of the mission of the Florida Department of Education.

The Office of Educator Preparation is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving initial educator preparation programs that lead to certification to teach in Florida’s schools.

Constitution

College of Education Constitution
Approved April 25, 2014

VISION

The College of Education at USF St. Petersburg will be recognized as a premier institution for the preparation of teachers and school leaders, enhanced by the excellence of its faculty, and dedicated to the students and communities it serves.

MISSION

The College of Education at USF St. Petersburg seeks to prepare exemplary teachers and school leaders for roles in a diverse and changing society. The college offers graduate and undergraduate programs that are recognized for accomplishing defined learning outcomes, supported by a foundation of applied research, and dedicated to meeting the needs of the diverse communities it serves. In pursuit of this mission, faculty are guided by a respect for evidence, the pursuit of scholarship, and the ethics of community responsibility.

 VALUES

  • A collegial, inviting, and safe learning environment that emphasizes excellent teaching, encourages growth, and rewards academic achievement.
  • Deliberative dialogue in making decisions and solving problems.
  • An education rich in theory, research, and practical experience that enables graduates to pursue careers and professions with competence and confidence.
  • Governance and shared responsibility.
  • Honesty, integrity, and openness while promoting ethical behavior.
  • Efficient, trustworthy, and able stewardship of the college.

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

The College of Education has developed a Conceptual Framework upon which we have developed our policy and practice for the development of the future teaching professionals who train in our programs.

The knowledge bases in the College of Education comprise three areas, which serve as organizing themes throughout the unit’s programs:

  1. Knowledgeable Professionalism,
  2. Reflective Teaching,
  3. and Collaborative Leadership.