The MEd in Exceptional Student Education program prepares exceptional education teachers to work in programs serving Pre-K-12 students with disabilities.
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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.
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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
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
- EEX 6107 Teaching Spoken and Written Language (3 credit
- 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
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- EEX 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
Nonthesis students choose one of the
- EEX 6909 Research Report (6 credit
- Two additional electives approved by an adviser (6 credit
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.
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 LearningThe 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.
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.
addition to the general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each
- Current Florida Professional Teaching
Certificate in Exceptional Student Education or have completed all the
requirements for that Professional Teaching Certificate.
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.
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*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.