Published: March 15, 2007
Florida teachers soon can earn another master’s degree at The University
of Tampa that will better equip them to teach reading at the elementary
level and subject areas at the secondary level.
“We look at
students who can’t do math, can’t do science, and it’s really that they
can’t read,” said Dr. Martha Harrison, associate professor of education.
“If we could remove the barrier of low reading skills and poor
attitudes toward reading, we could raise performance in the content
The Master of Education degree program in curriculum and
instruction starts this fall in the UT Department of Education. The
program is designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees in
education who want to expand their knowledge of the teaching field. The
curriculum and instruction program is a full-time or part-time
field-based program that will meet the needs of today's practicing
This customized degree program offers Florida teachers
a unique opportunity to engage in an academic experience that combines
face-to-face instruction with classroom-based research and curriculum
design. Teachers will have mentors at the University willing to help
them with issues they face in the classroom every day. They also will
have opportunities for professional development and travel.
graduating from this program might be hired as reading specialists or
reading coaches, and they’re more likely to be team leaders and special
education teachers,” Harrison said.
The number of teachers
retiring, combined with Florida’s class-size reduction bill that goes
into effect this fall, will result in an even higher demand for
teachers, Harrison added.
Participants will take 33-37 credit
hours of coursework over a span of 18 months. The M.Ed. in curriculum
and instruction program is designed around the competencies and skills
that lead to the K-12 Reading Endorsement in the state of Florida. Since
reading still is a critical needs area in Florida, students may be
eligible for some loan forgiveness for the program, Harrison added.
is going to give graduate students the best chance at success in the
classroom,” Harrison said. “This program qualifies them for master’s pay
and gives them more competency in the classroom for reading strategies
There will be an information session about the new
program on Thursday, March 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Vaughn Center
Board Room on the UT campus. For information, contact Harrison at (813)