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Master of Arts in Teaching Exceptional Student Education


Program Overview

UNF's MAT in ESE is designed for individuals with bachelor's degrees in other areas who wish to become teachers. This program brings individuals with life experiences into the classroom and also addresses the needs of ESE teacher candidates to ensure they have the skills necessary to work with students with disabilities (eligible under any of the 13 disability categories) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Critical ESE pedagogy addressed in coursework will include:

  1. high leverage practices in special education,
  2. universal design for learning,
  3. special education law,
  4. positive behavior supports, and
  5. data driven instruction.

In addition, the degree will ensure endorsement in reading and English learning for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Course work will be scaffolded through field work (e.g., assignments designed in courses will be implemented in the field under the direction of mentors and field supervisors) to ensure students develop the knowledge and practices needed for educator certification in the state of Florida (i.e., Florida Educator Accomplished Practices).


There may be a stipend available during the MAT ESE. For individuals who are interested in additional funding and can commit to teaching in Duval county for 3 years after graduation, please refer to our JTR website for additional information. 


Application Information

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Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

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

Admits for fall term 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:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Potential students must have a bachelors degree. This program is designed for individuals who received a degree in a non-educational field and want to teach in the ESE field.


Average Length
of the Program

1 year
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Shaqwana Freeman-Green

Associate Instructor

(904) 620-2930