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Exceptional Student Education Program

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

Rolling admissions

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. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admissions must apply under the college's exception policy.

Special Education: Exceptional Student Education (Master of Education)

Program Description for Special Education

Major: Special Education Concentration: Exceptional Student Education Degree: Master of Education

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Prerequisites (17 credits)

EDF6211 Advanced Ed'L Psychology (3 Credits)

EEX3250 Read Mthds:Learners Exception (3 Credits)

EEX4101 Language Development/Disorders (2-3 Credits)

RED3310 Teaching Reading as a Process (3 Credits)

TSL3080 ESOL Foundations: Culture/Lang (3 Credits)

TSL4340 TESOL Methods and Curriculum (3 Credits)

Core Requirements (22 credits)

CLINICAL Field I & II and Internship

Two years teaching experience is required or students MUST complete clinical requirements, which include the following:
EDF 3945 Field Lab I, EDF 3946 Field Lab II, and EEX 6841 Practicum: Special Education.

  • Field Lab I and II and Internship, by state law, require all students be cleared for fingerprinting and background checks prior to placement.
  • Field Lab I and II require 5 hours/week for 10 weeks in school system.
  • Internship is the very last semester. ALL coursework must be completed before internship.
  • ALL parts of the Florida Teaching Certificate Exam (FTCE) are required for graduation. This includes all parts of the General Knowledge (GK), the Professional Education (PED), and the Subject Area Exam (SAE) for Exceptional Student Education K-12.

EDF6480 Foundations of Ed Research (3 Credits)

EDF6607 Education in America (3 Credits)

EEX5053 Foundations Excep Ed and Serv (3 Credits)

Major Requirements (24 credits)

EEX5485 Math Sci Except Lrnrs (3 Credits)

EEX5665 Classroom Management (3 Credits)

EEX6052 Curri and Instruction (3 Credits)

EEX6225 Competencies:Lab in Evaluation (3 Credits)

EEX6234 Teaching Mod/Severe Disability (3 Credits)

EEX6256 Language for Learning Impaired (3 Credits)

EEX6283 Soc,Pers,Car: Except Student (3 Credits)

EEX6402 Comm, Coll, Consult Spec Ed (3 Credits)

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 satisfy 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.