Special Education (M.Ed.)

College of Education
Department of Special, Early, Child/Youth, Elementary Education, & Research


2013-2014 Catalog Year

The M.Ed. in Special Education program is an online program that prepares students for work in public and private schools and in state, federal, or community settings at the master's level. Specific areas of study include advanced studies in special education and hi-incidence disabilities.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A four year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • Evidence of having met all requirements for a valid Florida Professional Teaching Certificate. 
  • Any one of the following:
    1. a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours attempted accruing to the undergraduate degree; or
    2. a combined score of 1000 or higher on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE exam; or
    3. a 400 or higher on the MAT; or
    4. a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Note: All applicants must submit GPA and graduate admission (GRE or MAT) test scores regardless of which of the above criteria are met for admissions. Some programs may have additional admissions criteria (refer to program information). Students may be required to take specific undergraduate course(s) if they do not have the necessary prerequisites for the graduate level course or program.

  • Submission of three favorable recommendations from professionals in the field.
  • Performance in courses taken post baccalaureate will be taken into consideration for admission to the College of Education Graduate Programs.

Program Requirements

  • EDF 6481 Foundations of Educational Research (3)
  • EED 6215 Advanced Theories and Practices in Behavior Disorders (3)
  • EEX 5752 Working with Families (3)
  • EEX 6025 Foundations of Special Education (3)
  • EEX 6222 Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment of Exceptional Students (3)
  • EEX 6245 Transitional Programming for Adolescent & Young Adult Except ional Students (3)
  • EEX 6248 Instructional Approaches for Exceptional Populations (3)
  • EEX 6612 Management and Motivation of Exceptional and At-Risk Students (3)
  • EEX 6732 Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education (3)
  • EEX 6939 Advanced Seminar: Paradigms, Practices and Policies in Special Education (taken in last semester) (3)
  • ELD 6015 Advanced Theories and Practices in Special Learning Disabilities (3)
  • EMR 6052 Advanced Theories and Practices in Intellectual Disabilities (3)


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete the minimum 36 credit hours.
  • A grade of B or higher must be earned in all College of Education graduate courses used as prerequisites and each program course.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in program.
  • Students must complete and pass a culminating demonstration of learning and competence at the end of the program. These may include comprehensive examinations, portfolios, special practicum projects, or research projects. (Students seeking certification must fully demonstrate Educator Accomplished Practices.)

Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

The College of Education limits the transfer of coursework into its graduate programs to a maximum of 12 credits or three courses. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B and no more than seven years prior to the date of entry into the graduate program and no more than ten years prior to graduation from the graduate program.