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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 (not currently accepting applications):

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

The Special Education program requires applicants to choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Disability Services
  • Exceptional Student Education (not currently accepting applications)

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Graduate Program Director

Applied Behavior Analysis and Disability Services

Dr. Deborah Reed
Associate Instructor
Building 57, Room 3504


Graduate Program Director

Exceptional Student Education
Dr. Shaqwana Freeman-Green
Associate Instructor
(904) 620-2930

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements - Applied Behavior Analysis and 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 
  • Program Requirements - Exceptional Student Education concentration (not currently accepting applications)
    • 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
    • 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.