Degree: Combined BS/MS
Limited Access: Yes
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Description of Major
The Special Education BS/MS pathway is designed to prepare students to work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities.
Combined BS/MS Degree Pathway
The Special Education program is a combined BS/MS degree pathway. The BS/MS pathway requires two years of upper-division undergraduate coursework plus one additional year of graduate coursework. Admission to the graduate portion of the combined degree pathway requires a 3.00 upper-division undergraduate GPA.
Upon completion of the undergraduate program you will earn a bachelor’s degree in Special Education Teaching. Your bachelor's degree will be awarded at the end of the Spring semester of your senior year. Upon completion of the graduate program you will earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Special Education Teaching.
Professional Educator’s Certificate
Upon awarding of the Master’s degree you will have satisfied all the requirements for a state-approved teacher preparation program in Florida. You will be eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Exceptional Student Education (K - 12) with endorsements in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Autism Spectrum Disorders and Reading.
Prerequisite Coursework: (3 hours)
Pre-Education Coursework: (3 Credit Hours)
The following coursework must be completed with a grade of C minus or better:
EDF 1005 (3) Introduction to Education; or an equivalent course offering a broad view of education from a historical, cultural, psychological, political, social, and philosophical perspectives. Course must include a field experience.
Limited Access/Enrollment Notice
Special Education is a limited access/enrollment program that utilizes selective admission to limit program enrollment. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.
Admission to Educator Preparation
Admission to Educator Preparation is separate and distinct from admission to upper-division from lower-division or admission to the university as a transfer student. All prospective students for Special Education must apply for formal admission to Educator Preparation through the College of Education. The Educator Preparation application is available online at http://education.fsu.edu/teacher-ed-admissions.
The Special Education program only accepts applications for the Fall semester. Educator Preparation applications are due April 1. All application materials including official transcripts and official FTCE General Knowledge Exam scores must be received by application deadline. The College of Education reserves the right to deny any application that is not complete by the application deadline.
Common Admission Requirements
All prospective students to Educator Preparation must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:
1. Complete 60 credit hours of college-level coursework.
2. Earn a 2.50 cumulative GPA in all attempted college coursework. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
3. Complete FSU General Education curriculum or earn AA degree from a Florida public institution.
4. Complete a Natural Science Lab course with a C minus or better.
5. Complete Oral Communication Competency (Speech) requirement with a C minus or better.
6. Complete Computer Skills Competency requirement with a C minus or better (EME 2040 recommended).
7. Complete Diversity requirement with a C minus or better (EDF 2085 recommended).
8. Complete EDF 1005 - Introduction to Education with a C minus or better.
9. Earn passing scores on all four sections of the FTCE General Knowledge Exam.
See http://liberalstudies.fsu.edu/curriculum.html for General Education curriculum.
See http://liberalstudiescourses.fsu.edu for a list of approved Liberal Studies courses.
Additional Requirements for Transfer Students
Transfer students must satisfy the university’s minimum requirements for admission including demonstration of satisfactory academic progress, college-level English and mathematics proficiency, and world language proficiency. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must submit a personal statement to the Office of Admissions. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation. See http://admissions.fsu.edu/transfer/ for details.
FTCE General Knowledge Exam
The FTCE General Knowledge Exam (GK Exam) is a state-mandated entrance exam for all Educator Preparation programs in the State of Florida. No student may be admitted to an Educator Preparation program without official passing scores on all four sections on the GK Exam. There are no exceptions to this policy. For more information on the GK Exam including test preparation resources please visit http://education.fsu.edu/teacher-ed-admissions and http://education.fsu.edu/test-prep.
Major Program of Study at FSU: (84 hours)
Undergraduate Coursework: (48 hours)
EDE 4302 (3) Literacy Assessment and Instruction
EDE 4316 (3) Differentiating Reading and Content Area Literacy Instruction
EEX 3601 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators
EEX 3831 (1) Practicum in Direct Observation
EEX 4012 (3) Foundations of Special Education
EEX 4253 (3) Access to the General Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
EEX 4291 (3) Characteristics and Education of Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder
EEX 4486 (3) Differentiating Instruction for Students with Exceptionalities
EEX 4605 (3) Classroom Management for Special Educators
EEX 4613 (3) Positive Behavior Support
EEX 4751 (3) Collaboration with Families, Schools, and the Community
EEX 4842 (1) Practicum in Severe Cognitive Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder
EEX 4941 (1) Practicum with Students with High Incidence Disabilities
RED 4310 (3) Early Literacy Learning
RED 4510 (3) Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
RED 4941 (3) Elementary Education Reading Practicum
TSL 4251 (3) Applied Linguistics for Second Language Learning
TSL 4520 (3) Cross Cultural Communication for Foreign/Second Language Teachers
Graduate Coursework: (33 hours)
Twelve (12) of the thirty-SIX (36) graduate credit hours required for the Master’s degree are completed as part of the undergraduate program during the senior year study. These courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.
EEX 5017 (3) Typical and Atypical Early Development
EEX 5210 (3) Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability
EEX 5239 (3) Assessment and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education
EEX 5286 (3) Preparing Individuals for Transition
EEX 5456 (3) Program Development for Young Children with Disabilities
EEX 5767 (3) Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder
EEX 5841 (0) Field Lab Internship
EEX 8966 (0) Comprehensive Examination
EDG 5365 (3) Practitioner Research in Schools and the Community
TSL 5005 (3) Methodologies for Teaching Foreign and Second Languages
Graduate Practicum Coursework: (3 hours)
Select one of the following graduate specialization practicum courses:
EEX 5835 (3) Practicum with Learners with High Incidence Disabilities or
EEX 5836 (3) Practicum in Severe Cognitive Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders
University-Wide Graduation Requirements
Computer Competency: (3 hours) Completed within General Education/elective coursework
Oral Communication Competency: (3 hours) Completed within General Education/elective coursework
Natural Science Lab: (1 hour) Completed within General Education/elective coursework
Scholarship-In-Practice: (3 hours) Completed within major coursework (EEX 4941)
Upper-Division Writing: (3 hours) Completed within major coursework (RED 4310)
A LiveText membership is required for all Educator Preparation candidates. The LiveText membership costs $133 and must be purchased within the first 30 days of your first semester in the program. Throughout your program, courses will include Signature Assessments that must be completed and uploaded into LiveText for evaluation by your instructors. Your LiveText membership is good for five years and allows you to retain evidence of your demonstration of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) and Reading Competencies.
Two additional exams are required for all Educator Preparation candidates:
1. FTCE Professional Education Exam (Pro Ed) - $150
2. FTCE Subject Area Exam - $150
The FTCE Professional Education Exam and FTCE Subject Area Exam are state-mandated requirements and cannot be waived. Both FTCE exams must be completed before a candidate can participate in Student Teaching. Test preparation materials are available online at http://education.fsu.edu/test-prep.
Criminal Background Screening
School districts have taken precautionary measures to ensure the security and safety of their students. To gain entry into a school and to comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act, all Educator Preparation candidates involved in field experiences and student teaching must complete a Level II background screening (fingerprinting). The cost of the screening and red badge is $95.00 for Leon County and $00.00 for Bay County. The badge is effective for five years. The background check must be completed within the first 30 days of your first semester in the program. See https://education.fsu.edu/background-clearance-level-ii for additional details.
Field Experiences are a required component of all educator preparation programs at Florida State University. They provide students an opportunity to participate in teaching activities in a classroom setting with a certified teacher. The location, duration and frequency of field experiences vary by semester and program. Prospective students should think carefully about their transportation needs, work schedule, extracurricular activities and time management. See https://education.fsu.edu/classroom-field-experience for additional details.
Student Teaching is the culminating experience in Florida State University’s Educator Preparation Program. During this semester-long experience, you will be given an opportunity to demonstrate the various skills that you have learned throughout your program. See https://education.fsu.edu/student-teaching for additional details.
Professional Behaviors and Dispositions
While enrolled in an Educator Preparation program, candidates are expected to demonstrate positive behaviors and dispositions that conform to the "Code of Ethics" (State Board of Education Rule 6A10.080 FAC) and the "Principles of Professional Conduct in Florida" (State Board of Education Rule 6A10.081 FAC). Each program reserves the right to refuse or discontinue enrollment of any student who violates these expectations or in the judgment of a majority of the program faculty does not meet the program standards. Information on professional behaviors and dispositions can be found on the Educator Preparation Web site: http://education.fsu.edu/student-resources/student-academic-services-oasis/educator-preparation.
All Educator Preparation candidates must demonstrate mastery of the Florida Department of Education Uniform Core Curriculum and positive dispositions prior to graduation. Upon admission to the program, students will receive a cohort specific Educator Preparation Handbook that outlines these requirements in detail. A copy of the current Educator Preparation Handbook is available online at http://education.fsu.edu/student-resources/student-academic-services-oasis/educator-preparation.
Minimum Program Requirements – Summary
Total Hours Required: 145
General Education: 36
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 15
Computer Skills: 3
Oral Communication Competency: 3
Natural Science Lab: 1
Pre-Education Coursework: 3
Undergraduate Major Coursework: 48
Graduate Major Coursework: 36
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 www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.
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.
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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