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Academic Program Guide

Special Education

College: Education
Degree: Combined BS/MS
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Advisor
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760

Description of Major

The objective of the Exceptional Student Education specialization in Special Education is to prepare teachers for the public schools. This competency-based teacher education major is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of observation, assessment, intervention and evaluation. Graduates of this combined bachelors and masters program qualify for certification in teaching areas of education of students with exceptionalities (ESE) and ESOL endorsement.

Prerequisite Coursework

Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major

Application for admission to teacher education is distinct from admissions to an upper-division college or school and is made in the Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS). The departmental application that can be accessed from Students are formally admitted into this major for the Fall Term only.

Current FSU students: Submit department application by April 1st

Transfer students: Submit department application by April 1st

Submit University application by April 1st

Minimum admission requirements:
1. Meet the general criteria for transfer into an FSU degree-granting program (see Bulletin),
2. Complete all General Ed/Liberal Studies requirements or an A.A. degree, within the Florida articulation agreement, with a grade of C or higher in each freshman English and each basic mathematics course
3. Complete the pre-education coursework with grades of C minus or better
4. Achieve a passing score on each section of the General Knowledge section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam.
5. Achieve an overall 2.5 GPA minimum.
6. Satisfy the university Oral Communication Competency, Computer Literacy, multicultural/diversity, and Natural Science Lab requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate General Bulletin.

* Note: Experience with individuals with disabilities is strongly suggested. *

* Note: Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. *

State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Prerequisite Coursework:

Pre-education coursework: (3 hours)
The following course must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better.
EDF X005 (3) Introduction to Education

Program Prerequisite: (3 hours)
FAD X230, FAD X220, CHD X220, DEP X000, DEP X004, EDF X210, EEX X201 (3) developmental course


Major Program of Study at FSU: (85 hours)

Undergraduate Coursework: (48 hours)
EEX 3601 (3) Applied Behavioral Analysis for Special Educators
EEX 4012 (3) Foundations of Special Education
EEX 4751 (3) Collaboration with Families, Schools, and the Community
RED 4310 (3) Early Literacy Learning
TSL 4251 (3) Cross-cultural Communication and Understanding
EEX 3831 (1) Practicum in Direct Observation
EDE 4302 (3) Literacy Assessment and Instruction
EEX 4613 (3) Positive Behavior Support
EEX 4XXX (3) Differentiating Instruction in the General Education Curriculum
RED 4510 (3) Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
TSL 4251 (3) Applied Linguistics
EEX 4941 (1) Practicum with Students with High Incidence Disabilities
EDE 4316 (3) Differentiating Reading and Content Area Literacy Instruction
EEX 4212 (3) Educational Assessment for Students with Disabilities
EEX 4253 (3) Access to the General Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
EEX 4291 (3) Characteristics and Education of Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder
EEX 5xxx (3) AAC for Special Educators
EEX 4842 (1) Practicum in Severe Cognitive Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder
TSL 5005 (4) ESOL Methods & Testing Evaluation
EEX 5017 (3) Typical and Atypical Early Development
EEX 5239 (3) Assessment and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
RED 4941 (3) Elementary Education Reading Practicum

Graduate Coursework: (37 hours)
EEX 5XXX (3) AAC for Special Educators
TSL 5005 (4) ESOL Methods & Testing Evaluation
EEX 5017 (3) Typical and Atypical Early Development
EEX 5239 (3) Assessment and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
EEX 5234 (3) Development and Assessment of Individuals with Severe Cognitive Disabilities and ASD
EEX 5456 (3) Program Development for Young Children with Disabilities
EEX 5235 (3) Instructional Environments
EEX 5835 (3) Practicum with Learners with High Incidence Disabilities
EEX 5XXX (3) Special Education Research
EEX 8966 (0) Comprehensive Examination
EEX 5841 (9) Field Lab/Internship

Computer Skills Competency: (3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours) within General Education/elective coursework

Program completion requires:
Passing the general knowledge, professional education, and subject area tests (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) that are required for teacher certification in the state of Florida. These must be completed prior to the semester in which the student plans to student teach.

Admission to the FSU Graduate School is required for completion of the combined degree. Students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and submit a university graduate application during the last year of undergraduate coursework successful completion of the course. The Master’s degree is required to complete the program. Students must meet all graduation requirements established by the University, the College of Education and the curriculum. There are no degree options if the student does not complete the entire curriculum.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary

Total Hours Required: 145
General Education: 36
Pre-education coursework: 3
Program prerequisite coursework: 3
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 18
Undergraduate coursework: 48
Graduate Coursework: 37
Computer Skills: 3 (within General Education/elective coursework)
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 (within General Education/elective coursework)

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. All of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: The Exceptional Student Education degree at Florida State University is a 5 year combined Bachelor's/Master's degree program. Students who cannot be admitted to graduate standing will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in Education of Students with Exceptionalities. With a graduate degree: Special Education Teacher, Teacher of students with exceptionalities, Resource Room Teacher, and Teacher of students with disabilities.

Representative Employers: School Boards, Local Agencies which serve individuals with disabilities, Private Schools.

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