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4+1 Master of Arts in Transformational Curriculum and Instruction

Start now! Earn a master's degree in the field of education

At the end of the junior year, all Florida Southern students are eligible to be considered for early admission to the MAT program.

This program is designed for individuals interested in becoming a teacher and earning a master's degree in curriculum and instruction that provides advanced classroom teaching skills through research-based strategies and techniques. This degree is focused on transformational teaching methods including active, student-centered, collaborative, experiential, and problem-based learning.


Apply today to start next term
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Admission is contingent upon the GPA on June 1 of that year

Top Reasons to choose 4+1 Master of Arts in Transformational Curriculum and Instruction at florida southern college

Early Admission

This opportunity will allow candidates to begin coursework during their last semester as an undergraduate and save time earning this prestigious degree.

Advance your knowledge

Begin your teaching career by learning about research-based strategies and teaching methods to support you in a smooth transition as a classroom teacher.


Partnerships with local Polk County schools provide opportunities for internships and assist with job placement upon completing your degree.

Clinical Experience

This program at Florida Southern College offers students the opportunity for a 70-day internship in a Polk County School classroom for a hands-on teaching (and resume building!) experience. However, students who receive their full Professional Teaching Certificate are exempt from the requirement.

Prestigious Credentials

Our graduates enjoy a high job placement rate, and are impacting their classrooms, schools and communities on a daily basis.

Flexible Schedule

You may choose to complete your degree in as little of 4 semesters, plus an internship. The MAT program consists of courses that are 100% online prior to a face-to-face internship during the final semester of the program.

Employment Outlook

Demand for teachers (P-12, and post-secondary) is supposed to grow by an average of 9% by 2028.
Robust Median Salary (P-12, and post-secondary)

On average, a master's degree earns teachers an additional $2,760 in their first year of teaching compared to a bachelor's degree. This salary advantage expands to an average of $7,358 per year by the time a teacher reaches the maximum point of the pay scale.

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EDU 6920

Candidates in this course engage in the development of advanced instructional strategies to create transformational learning environments for teaching all students including those with limited English proficiency.

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Recognized Accomplishments

School districts recognize the time and effort teachers spend in graduate school, and want these individuals to stay in the district to help direct future growth of a school. Master’s degree holders are the best chance schools have to enact positive curriculum-wide changes and improve student outcomes. As an added benefit of earning a master’s degree, you gain a bigger voice in the national conversation on education. As educators further develop their understanding of teaching techniques, classroom management strategies, and professional resources, they become more valuable members of the educational community.

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Brooke Veal, MATL
- Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor

The Master of Arts in Transformational Curriculum and Instruction at Florida Southern College provides a flexible schedule that allows educational professionals to earn their graduate degrees while maintaining a work-life balance. The research-based instructional practices embedded throughout the program allow students to create a dynamic environment conducive to promoting a positive impact on P-12 student learners.

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Program Details

Admitted undergraduate students will be allowed to complete a maximum of 8 credit hours of graduate work. These credits will count toward their undergraduate and MAT degree requirements.


100% of the courses are offered online

  • Must have 93+ undergraduate credit hours completed at the start of the program.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for admission during their junior year.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Photocopy of ID, passport, or driver’s license
  • Completion of a background check clearance from the Polk County School Board (PCSB)
  • MAT Director Approval

Additional International Requirements

* A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Foundation Courses - 6 hours

Course Number Course Name
EDU 6910 Transformational Teaching and Learning (4 hours)
EDU 6920 Transformational Learning Environments (2 hours)

Required Courses - 36 hours

EDU 6610 Internship (10 Hours)
EDU 6640 Student Teaching Seminar (2 Hours)
EDU 6930 Transformational Teaching and Learning through Research
EDU 6940 Transformational Approaches to Curriculum and Instruction
EDU 6950 Transformational Teaching and Learning with Diverse Populations and Special Education
EDU 6960 Assessing Transformational Teaching and Learning
EDU 6970 Transformational Instructional Leadership
EDU 6980 Advanced Research in Transformational Teaching and Learning

MAT Program Total - 42 hours

All students will begin the program in the Foundation Courses, which ensure a strong foundation in education, before entering advanced MAT-level classes.


Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules. $250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first-semester tuition balance.)

Admitted undergraduate students will be allowed to complete a maximum of six credit hours of graduate work. These credits will count toward their MAT degree requirements. Any MAT courses attempted in the fall or spring semesters before receiving the undergraduate degree will be charged at the traditional undergraduate full-time tuition rate. Graduate courses taken after the student receives their undergraduate degree will be billed at the current MAT per credit hour rate.

$250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first semester tuition balance)

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

We also offer...

A Master of Education (MEd) in Transformational Curriculum and Instruction. This is the MEd program for teachers who currently hold a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate.

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Program Contact

Kenley VanValkenburg

Admission Counselor and Advisor

Brooke Veal

Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor