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Master of Education in Special Education

THE PROGRAM

Program Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis concentration:

The Master of Education (MED) in Special Education, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis is designed to prepare professionals to deliver ABA services to individuals with exceptionalities. The program consists of 36 semester hours that include prerequisites, core and major requirements, and electives. Students in the ABA concentration will complete course work in a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Approved Course Sequence.

 

Disability Services concentration:

The Master of Education (MED) in Special Education, with the focus on Disability Services, is designed to meet the needs of professionals who serve individuals with disabilities in a school setting or in a cognate area of administration. The program consists of 36 semester hours that includes core and major requirements. This program does not carry any additional endorsements.

 

Exceptional Student Education concentration:

The Master of Education (MED) 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.


Candidates seeking admission to a state approved educator preparation programs must demonstrate mastery of general knowledge for admission to the program by providing passing scores of the GK, CLAST, NTE or GRE exams.

Concentrations Offered

• Applied Behavior Analysis
• Disability Services
• Exceptional Student Education

ADMISSIONS

Application Information

How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Admits for fall and spring terms only.

 

The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared 
  • All of the below university and program requirements 

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 

  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Program requirements - Applied Behavior Analysis, Disability Services concentrations:

  • Letter of intent
    • 500-1000 words
    • Describe reasons for seeking admission into the Special Education program;
    • Professional goals;
    • How the program will help attain goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Must be on official letter head (if applicable) and have an original signature (electronic signatures are not acceptable)
    • It is preferred that at least one come from a college/university professor
    • Address applicants academic background;
    • Aptitude for graduate work;
    • Capabilities for future performance and scholarship
  • GRE test scores 
    • Taken within the last 5 years
    • Verbal, quantitative and written portions

Program requirements -  Exceptional Student Education concentration:

  • Letter of intent
    • 500-1000 words
    • Describe reasons for seeking admission into the Special Education program;
    • Professional goals;
    • How the program will help attain goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Must be on official letter head (if applicable) and have an original signature (electronic signatures are not acceptable)
    • It is preferred that at least one come from a college/university professor
    • Address applicants academic background;
    • Aptitude for graduate work;
    • Capabilities for future performance and scholarship
  • GK or GRE test scores
    • Taken within the last 5 years
    • Verbal, quantitative and written portions
    • If submitting GK scores, please contact the Graduate School after they have been submitted
    • 151 verbal, 147 quantitative and 4 out of 6 analytical writing 

INFORMATION

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Gerard Giordano

Professor

ggiordan@unf.edu

(904) 620-2885

Building 57 , Room 2885