Exceptional Student Education K-12 MA

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MA
Department : Child, Family and Community Sciences Option : Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://education.ucf.edu/exed/


The Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education K-12 program is for non-education majors or previously certified teachers in another content area.

This graduate program partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are a returning Peace Corps volunteer, see Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows for more information about attending graduate school at UCF.


The Master of Arts (MA) in Exceptional Student Education K-12 program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree including 9 credit hours of required core courses, 21 credit hours of specialization courses, and 9 credit hours of Internship and Reading Practicum. Individual learning projects, including research skills and action research, are embedded in the specialization courses and completed in authentic settings. In addition, a culminating Comprehensive Exam will be completed to demonstrate mastery of research, knowledge, skills and dispositions of standards from accrediting educational agencies. Students entering the MA program without prior related courses and/or appropriate teacher certifications may need to complete courses in the MA Foundation Core/Co-requisite area as prescribed by Florida State Statutes for initial teacher preparation (ITP).
Total Credit Hours Required:
39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Foundation Core/Co-requisites

These foundation core/co-requisite courses are prescribed by Florida State Statutes for initial teacher preparation (ITP). Students entering the Exceptional Student Education MA program without prior related courses and/or appropriate teacher certifications may need to complete courses in the Foundation Core/Co-requisite area.

If a student has successfully completed equivalent courses in the Foundation Core/Co-requisite area, as prescribed by Florida State Statutes for initial teacher preparation, then course waivers can be requested (see adviser).

  • EEX 5051 Exceptional Children in the Schools (3 credit hours). Students are strongly advised to enroll in EEX 5051 early in their graduate program.
  • EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6237 Principles of Learning and Introduction to Classroom Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5517 Classroom Diagnosis and Development of Reading Proficiencies (3 credit hours). Please note that RED 5517 is currently not available online.

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

Core—9 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours)

TSL 5085 and TSL 6250 are required courses leading to ESOL endorsement. Students should see an adviser if they hold a current ESOL endorsement.

Specialization—21 Credit Hours

  • EEX 6061 Instructional Strategies PreK-6 (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6065 Programming for Students with Disabilities at the Secondary Level (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6107 Teaching Spoken and Written Language (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6295 Assessment and Curriculum Prescriptions for the Exceptional Population (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6524 Organization and Collaboration in Special Ed (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6612 Methods of Behavioral Management (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6342 Seminar: Critical Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours)

Internship and Practicum—9 Credit Hours

  • EEX 6946 Graduate Internship: ESE (6 credit hours)
  • RED 5948 Practicum in Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 credit hours)

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Pass all applicable sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. See http://www.fl.nesinc.com/ or www.fldoe.org for additional information about test dates and resources.
  • Pass Comprehensive Exam.
  • Complete a LiveText Professional Portfolio.
  • Complete a TESOL Portfolio.
  • Compliance with all university and graduate student policies.

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2015, only examination results earned by educators within 10 years prior to the date of application for a new Florida Educator’s Certificate with the Florida Department of Education may be acceptable for certification eligibility requirements (SBR 6A-4.002).

    Independent Learning

    The Exceptional Student Education K-12 MA program requires the completion of an Action Research Project, Internship, and Reading Practicum. These independent learning activities take place in authentic settings where students must apply, reflect upon and refine their knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired in the program.

    Application Requirements

    For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

    In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

    • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
    • A copy of current ESOL endorsement, IF applicable.
    • A copy of current Reading Endorsement, IF applicable.
    • A copy of current professional teaching certificate, IF applicable.
    • Passing score on all four parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination/General Knowledge Test (FTCE/GKT) OR a competitive score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. This program does not require GRE for admission, but in accordance with Florida Statute 1004.4 and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066, admission to this graduate-level, state-approved initial teacher preparation program requires demonstrating mastery of general knowledge.
    • UPDATE:  In order to demonstrate mastery of general knowledge, Graduate Record Exam test administrations conducted on or after July 1, 2015, may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge. A minimum passing score on a GRE subtest in an applicable general knowledge content area, as defined in the table below, will satisfy the requirement of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge for the applicable general knowledge content area.




    GK Writing Subtest (Essay)

    GRE Analytical Writing

    A combined score of 4 out of 6

    GK English Language Subtest Skills

    GRE Verbal Reasoning

    A scaled score of 151

    GK Reading Subtest

    GRE Verbal Reasoning

    A scaled score of 151

    GK Mathematics Subtest

    GRE Quantitative Reasoning

    A scaled score of 147

    Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

    Students may not switch from an MA program to an MEd program, or vice versa, without going through the university's admission process.

    Application Deadlines

    Exceptional Student Education K-12 MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Nov 15Apr 1
    International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
    International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
    *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


    Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


    Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.