The latest news from the USF St. Petersburg – College of Education.

Education Faculty Win Special Education Awards

USF St. Petersburg College of Education faculty, Dr .Harold “Bill” Heller and Dr Lasonya Moore were recently recognized at the Florida Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) at is annual meeting held in Bonita Springs, June 12-14, 2017.

Dr. Lasonya Moore, Assistant Professor of Special Education, received the ESE Administrator of the Year Award.

Dr. Harold “Bill” Heller, Professor of Special Education and Director, Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership received the CASE Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read more about CASE and the CASE Awards at Florida Case, Council of Administrators in Special Education.


USF St. Petersburg Names New Dean of College of Education

USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska has appointed Allyson Leggett Watson as dean of the College of Education.

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Education Employee Recognized as ‘Everyday Hero’

Harris Ambush, community liaison and instructor in the USF St. Petersburg College of Education, was recently recognized as an “Everyday Hero” by Bay News 9 for his work with local schools. He was honored during a ceremony with other Everyday Heroes at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.

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USFSP Education Alum Wins National Milken Educator Award

USF St. Petersburg alumnus Lukas Hefty, a science and math magnet program coordinator at Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary School and adjunct instructor in the College of Education, was recently recognized as the recipient of the national Milken Educator Award, known as the “Oscar of Teaching.”

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Pinellas County Schools STEM EXPO at USFSP

Pinellas County STEM Expo was held at the University of South Florida St Petersburg campus on April 25, 2015.  The College of Education hosted this event, that culminated over 2300 students, families, and business partners.

The event showcased more than 150 student projects, from 90 different elementary and middle school students in the district.

Pinellas County Schools STEM Academies are designed to take a problem-solving approach to learning, by instilling inquiry-based and cooperative learning, career exploration and interdisciplinary instruction.

Check out this video of the STEM Expo:



College of Education received National Accreditation

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Education recently earned reaccreditation for seven years under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning. Read more

Graduate students present their research



The Spring 2015 Graduate Research Gallery Symposium, held in Harbor Hall on Monday, April 20, 2015 displayed the work of  32 of USF St Petersburg College of Education Graduate students.

The research was presented by Master Level students in the Educational Leadership Development, Exceptional Student Education, Reading, and Math and Science Education programs.

The  Graduate Research Gallery Symposium is a  capstone experience where our graduate level students work towards providing improvement efforts to schools and provides evidence of the students ability to positively impact student achievement.

The students who participated in this research symposium are part of the Spring 2015 Graduating class and this was the capstone project of their programs.





Educational Leadership Course Passes Quality Matters (QM) Review


Congratulations to the Educational Leadership Program in the  College of Education for having their first online course, Educational Leadership, successfully pass a Quality Matters (QM) Peer Review.


This online course is a collaboration of  Dr. Olivia Hodges,  Associate Dean of the College of Education and Educational Leadership Program Coordinator, and Karla Kmetz, Instructional Designer of Online Learning at USFSP.


Quality Matters (QM) is a peer review process that certifies the quality of online and hybrid courses. Courses that are certified receive national recognition. To learn more about Quality Matters, click here.