• Exceptional Student Education

    The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education, with the focus on Initial Certification for Exceptional Student Education, is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in obtaining their initial Florida Certification in Special Education. The program consists of 75 semester hours that include prerequisites, core and major requirements. The amount of prerequisite course work will depend on the individual students educational background and ranges from 18 to 32 hours. The program is approved by the Florida Department of Education.

    Admissions to the Program

    Those entering the College of Education and Human Services must meet Graduate School admissions requirements as well as specific COEHS admissions criteria.  

      1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
      2. GRE scores required (verbal, quantitative, and writing portions taken within the last 5 years)
        • (Institutional Code: 5490)
      3. Three current professional letters on official letter head (if applicable) with an original signature (electronic signatures are not acceptable). Letters from relatives will not be accepted. The letters should indicate:
        • Applicant's academic background. 
        • Applicant's aptitude for graduate work. 
        • Applicant's capabilities for future performance an scholarship. 
        • At least one letter from a college/university professor is preferred.
      4. Written statement of 500-1000 words that includes the following information:
        • reasons for seeking admission into the M.Ed. in Special Education program
        • professional goals
        • how the program will help attain goals 
      5. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admissions must apply under the college’s exception policy.




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    Two years of current teaching experience is required, or must complete clinical requirement. If clinical requirement is satisfied by teaching experience, additional course work must be taken to satifsfy degree requirements. 


    • No more than 10 semester hours can be completed before a student is fully admitted, including a maximum of 6 semester hours of approved transfer credits from another institution.
    • A student may receive credit for a course only once. However, the GPA will reflect all repeated courses.
    • The College of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
    • Graduation will most likely be delayed for students who attempt dual enrollment in their last semester.
    • Student must apply for the graduate practicum (EEX 6841) during the term prior to graduation.
    • Passing all parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam is required for the teacher certification endorsement to be included on transcripts to complete internship and be eligible for graduation.
    • An approved dual/concurrent enrollment form is required prior to registering for courses at another institution.
    • Students are strongly advised not to enroll in courses at another institution during their last semester at UNF.