Exceptional Student Education MEd

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


The MEd in Exceptional Student Education program prepares exceptional education teachers to work in programs serving Pre-K-12 students with disabilities.

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 Education (M.Ed.) in Exceptional Student Education program is designed for teachers already certified in exceptional student education to enhance their knowledge, skills and dispositions. It requires 33 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree including a 3-credit-hour research course, 24 credit hours of specialization courses and 6 credit hours of either a thesis or electives approved by an adviser. A Comprehensive Examination is also required and serves as the culminating experience in the program. Individual Learning Projects, including research skills and action research in authentic settings, are embedded in the specialization courses.

Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Course—3 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)

Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course early in their graduate program.

Specialization Courses—24 Credit Hours

The following courses are specialization courses. Please see your adviser for guidance regarding the selection of the courses.

  • EEX 6061 Instructional Strategies Pre-K-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 6342 Seminar—Critical Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6524 Organization and Collaboration in Special Ed (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6612 Methods of Behavioral Management (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 6863 Supervised Teaching Practicum with Exceptional Children (for completion of the Severe and Profound Endorsement ONLY) or elective approved by an adviser (3 credit hours)

*EEX 6061 recommended to be completed successfully prior to enrollment in EEX 6107.

**EEX 6107 may be taken only AFTER 18 hours of graduate coursework in Exceptional Student Education have been completed successfully. 

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • EEX 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students choose one of the following options:

  • EEX 6909 Research Report (6 credit hours) OR
  • Two additional electives approved by an adviser (6 credit hours)

Suggested areas of concentration may be taken as approved electives within the M.Ed. program. Please see complete listings of additional courses in Certificate/Endorsement Programs in Exceptional Student Education for possible electives (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intervention Specialist, Pre-K Disabilities, Severe and Profound, and Special Education). Electives must be approved by an adviser.

Comprehensive Examination

The culminating Comprehensive Examination must be successfully completed to demonstrate mastery of research, skills, knowledge and dispositions of standards from accrediting educational agencies prior to graduation.

Independent Learning

The MEd program may require a Supervised Teaching Practicum as an elective that is part of the Severe and Profound certificate. Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. Please see your adviser for further information.

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.
  • Current Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in Exceptional Student Education or have completed all the requirements for that Professional Teaching Certificate.
  • 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.

Applicants who have graduated from an accredited university or college teacher certification program in another state or country, in the appropriate subject and/or grade range, may also be admitted to the M.Ed. program with approvals from appropriate College and Department committees and advisors.

Students may not switch from an M.A. program to an M.Ed. program, or vice versa, without going through the university's admission process. Courses used to gain initial state certification may not be transferred into an M.Ed. program.

Application Deadlines

Exceptional Student Education MEd *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.