• Autism Program

    The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education, with the focus on Autism, is designed to meet the needs of professionals who serve children with autism in a school setting or in a cognate area of administration. The program consists of 36 semester hours that includes core and major requirements. Individuals may apply to the Florida Department of Education for the autism endorsement after completing the courses in the Autism Concentration area of the program of study.

    The Master of Education in Special Education: Autism Track includes a practicum at the conclusion of the program of study, so it is important to determine State Authorization of Distance Education and if you will be able to do a practicum in your home state or if you have to do your practicum elsewhere. Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates. State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment. Prospective students should check this site often for updates: http://www.unf.edu/distancelearning/about/StateAuthorization.aspx.

    Admissions to the Program

    Note: This program is not currently accepting applications

    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.


    This is a completely online program with eight week terms. 


    Important information regarding fees and tuition

    Students in this program are not eligible for Florida State Employee Tuition Waiver (FLBOG 7.008), Employee Education (EEP), or Tuition Scholarship (TSP) benefit programs available to UNF personnel and dependents (UNF 11.0040). 


    Learn more about UNF fees and tuition here: http://www.unf.edu/distancelearning/dl/AP_Tuition_Fees.aspx





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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Graduation will most likely be delayed for students who attempt dual enrollment in their last semester.