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Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education


Mission Statement

The Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education prepares highly effective and qualified teachers, interpreters, and other professionals with the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and cultural/linguistic competencies to meet the diverse educational and accessibility needs of children and adults in education and community settings.


The undergraduate program in Exceptional Student Education prepares teachers with competencies necessary to produce achievement gains and desirable behavior changes in students with disabilities. Successful completion of the programs of study prepares the student for the certification exams in Exceptional Student Education. The undergraduate program in Deaf Education prepares teachers for initial certification in Deaf Education and is also ESOL endorsed. Additionally, the department offers a B.S. degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. Students seeking to complete the B.S. in ASL/English Interpreting can attend UNF as Freshmen for a concentration in Community Interpreting, or students can transfer to UNF during the last two years with a prior associate-level degree in Interpreting or Pre-Interpreting for a concentration in A.S. to B.S. General Practice.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Bachelor of Science




My Osprey Map (Course Sequence Guide)

Graduate Programs

Master of Education

Master of Science

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


Master of Education Degree

All courses have field assignments. Students are expected to be proficient in the use of the computer for word processing and Internet access.


The program is blocked sequentially with some courses being offered once a year only; therefore, students are requested and encouraged to enter in the fall term. Before beginning course work, students must consult an advisor in the Office of Academic Advising.


The state of Florida mandates certification requirements for teachers. Students should see their advisors frequently to obtain appropriate advisement for current certification requirements. All students enrolled in College of Education and Human Services courses that require a field or clinical component are taught at a school site or require the student to complete work at a school are mandated by state law to be fingerprinted and cleared prior to being permitted on elementary and secondary school campuses. Students should be aware that noncompliance with fingerprinting requirements will result in the inability to complete course requirements. Contact the Office of Educational Field Experiences for information regarding fingerprinting procedures.

Master of Science Degree

The ASL/English Interpreting program has two concentrations that are delivered via distance technologies that do not require residence in Florida: Interpreting Pedagogy and General Practitioner. Both concentrations result in a degree that prepares students for doctoral studies, should they desire to pursue an advanced degree. A reduced tuition and fee schedule is in effect for out of state students