Minor

Exceptional Student Education, Undergraduate Minor

The Exceptional Student Education minor is intended to provide a limited, but substantive experience in the fields of education and exceptional children. The minor does not lead to teacher certification or admission to the College of Community Innovation and Education. The minor is appropriate for students who are seeking an enhanced understanding of education or are considering a career in the fields of education or exceptional education. This minor will strengthen the marketability of the student’s major program.

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Bachelor's Degree

Exceptional Education, BS

The Exceptional Education BS provides students with a community-embedded teacher preparation program that culminates in certification in Exceptional Education K-12 with Reading and ESOL endorsements. The Exceptional Education program is appropriate for students interested in employment in K-12 settings and working with students with disabilities. Exceptional Education majors participate as a cohort. Students must be available during the school day to work in partnering schools.

Exceptional Education is a critical shortage area and students may be eligible for funding under the TEACH grant. Information can be found at finaid.ucf.edu. Teaching residencies are available for those wishing to be employed as a teaching assistant during their senior year.

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The Exceptional Student Education B.S. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact ccieuginfo@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Certificates

We offer six graduate certificate programs to supplement an existing graduate program or to provide specialized knowledge to professionals in several areas of Exceptional Student Education.

Certificate programs are often ideal for non-degree seeking students who would like to sample graduate courses before committing to a graduate degree program. In addition, certificate programs may round out a graduate degree program, providing a special emphasis in addition to a graduate degree.

Several of our certificate programs are fully online.

Applied Behavior Analysis, Graduate Certificate (New in fall 2019)

An Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate is available now at UCF!  Stand out as an educator with highly specialized credentials, or work toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Enhance your career opportunities today!

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Graduate Certificate is a Verified Course Sequence (VCS), housed in the College of Community Innovation and Education, School of Teacher Education.  The ABA graduate certificate program is designed to provide specialized coursework for students in Education, Psychology, Communication Disorders, and related fields.  The program fulfills the coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, fourth edition task list.  Some of coursework overlaps with the MEd in Exceptional Education and Project ASD.

Clinical Opportunities

Students completing our Verified Course Sequence (VCS) in ABA are invited to participate in our clinic providing them an onsite "hands on" learning experience. Our clinical program is designed to combine support for children, student learning, and research. Children we serve are typically between the ages of 0-7 presenting with deficits in communication skills. Our targeted practice consists of ABA and Verbal Behavior Training (VBT). All services are supervised and monitored by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). The overall operations are supervised by multiple Board Certified Behavior Analysts-Doctoral level (BCBA-D).

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or those currently enrolled in or possessing a master’s degree in education, psychology, or a related field. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must  apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate program admits twice per year in the fall and summer terms only.

Individuals seeking national certification through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) must obtain a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis, education, psychology, or a related field; complete acceptable graduate coursework, complete a defined period of supervised practical experience, and apply for the national board certification exam.  For more information on requirements, please visit the BACB website.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) provides additional training for professionals with specific focus on knowledge, skills, and competencies for working with students with ASD. The program is composed of four graduate courses that can be incorporated into a master's program of study in Exceptional Student Education or taken as an add-on to an undergraduate or graduate degree. Each course includes a field-based component. Students may complete field-based assignments in their own classrooms or schools if they serve students with ASD. There are also opportunities to complete these assignments at Project ASD demonstration sites. This program is approved by the Florida Department of Education as meeting requirements for State Endorsement in Autism (Administrative Rule 6A-4.01796). An Electronic Portfolio is required for completion of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate program.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online.

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The Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate program addresses educational eligibility criteria for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement certification in the State of Florida. Individuals with a bachelor's or higher degree with certification in any exceptional student education area are eligible to add the Autism Spectrum Disorders endorsement to their Florida professional teaching certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Collaborative Intervention Specialist, Graduate Certificate

The Collaborative Intervention Specialist graduate certificate provides advanced coursework for educational leaders to use school-based and classroom instructional data to meet the instructional and intervention needs of all students, including at-risk and struggling students, beyond the typical, initial classroom instruction within a multi-tiered system of supports. In addition, this certificate will provide an advanced, multi-disciplinary theoretical approach and applied knowledge base to experienced educators.

Coursework focuses on knowledge, skills and competencies for working with students within an intervention framework. The Collaborative Intervention Specialist certificate is multi-disciplinary and includes coursework in exceptional student education, school psychology, reading education, and math education. The graduate courses provide an opportunity for students to complete the Intervention Specialist certificate beyond the undergraduate degree. Should a student wish to earn a master’s degree, the courses in the certificate could be applied into one of several Master of Education degree programs at the College of Community Innovation and Education.

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Not all courses in this certificate program are available online.

Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) Disabilities prepares graduate students to teach pre-kindergarten students with disabilities. The goal of the program is to prepare qualified students to teach the pre-kindergarten handicapped population. Prekindergarten Disabilities Graduate Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online.

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The Prekindergarten Disabilities graduate certificate program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification endorsement in Prekindergarten Disabilities in the State of Florida. Individuals who have a bachelor’s or higher degree with certification in any exceptional student education area, preschool education, primary education, prekindergarten/primary education, elementary education (K-6), or early childhood education can add the Prekindergarten Disabilities endorsement to their Florida professional teaching certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Special Education, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education provides out-of-field teachers and students with some of the course work needed to meet state certification requirements in special education. This certificate will help out-of-field teachers become more effective in their classrooms and will enhance the delivery of education to children and youth with disabilities.

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The Special Education graduate certificate program addresses some educational eligibility criteria to apply for certification in the State of Florida. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Master's Degrees

Exceptional Student Education K-12, MA

The Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education K-12 program is for non-education majors or previously certified teachers in another content area. In addition to the required 36 credit hours, students must complete co-requisite and pre-requisite courses. Graduates must be eligible for certification by the successful completion of the degree program in the area of exceptional student education (ESE) and must pass the Florida certification exams. Graduates will also receive Reading and ESOL endorsements upon successful completion of the program, if not currently endorsed. For additional information, contact esegrad@ucf.edu.

This is a state-approved, initial teacher preparation program designed in compliance with Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066. Degree requirements are subject to change based on state mandates. Students enrolled in this program should remain in close contact with their adviser to keep informed of any program changes implemented to comply with new state requirements.

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The Exceptional Student Education K-12 M.A. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Exceptional Student Education, MEd

The MEd in Exceptional Student Education program prepares exceptional education teachers to work in programs serving Pre-K-12 students with disabilities. The program is designed for teachers already certified in exceptional student education (or other certification in special education) to enhance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

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*Not all courses are available online for the Intervention Specialist Certificate.

Doctoral Degrees

Curriculum and Instruction, EdD

The Curriculum and Instruction EdD program is intended for individuals who are engaged in the practice of education in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, universities, businesses and industry. The program prepares students for engaging in the study of practice based problems in education and data driven decision making, to generate real world solutions. Note: Students may take Exceptional Student Education courses for their concentration area.

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Exceptional Education, PhD

The Exceptional Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare highly competent doctoral-level professionals to assume leadership positions in teaching, research, and service in the area of special education. The Exceptional Education track is a challenging program of study. The program focuses on developing the qualifications to conduct research, implement best practices based on research, and evaluate new programs and projects that serve students with disabilities.

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