Skip to main content

This is your Donation message.

Academic Program Guide

Special Education

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2024 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Special Education program is a combined BS/MS degree pathway and is designed to prepare students to work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities. The BS/MS pathway requires two years of upper-division undergraduate coursework plus one additional year of graduate coursework. All prospective students for Special Education must apply for formal admission to Educator Preparation through the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Fall applications must be submitted by June 1. Spring applications must be submitted by November 1. The Educator Preparation application and admission requirements are available online at

Mapping Coordinator: Frank Amidon

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC 1101 Freshman Composition3
GE Core Mathematics3
GE History3
GE Social Science 3
GE Ethics3
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC 2135 Research, Genre, and Context3
GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice 3
GE Core Natural Science and Lab4
EDF 1005 Introduction to Education3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics Course ( ≥ C minus )
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
GE Natural Science 3
Scholarship in Practice course3
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech, SPC 2608 Public Speaking, COM 2080 Online Communication and Presence or any other approved Oral Communication Competency Course3
GE Elective3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Complete EDF1005 ( ≥ C minus )
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Teachers or Elective3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology or any other approved Digital Literacy course3
GE Elective3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete all General Education coursework
Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.50
Apply to program by June 1 for Fall admission or by Nov. 1 for Spring admission (
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
EEX 3601 Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators3
EEX 4012 Foundations of Special Education3
EEX 4751 Collaboration with Families, Schools, and the Community3
RED 4310 Early Literacy Learning3
TSL 4520 Second Language Acquisition and Cross-cultural Communication for Teachers3
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete Term 5 courses ( ≥ C in each)
Civic Literacy requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
EEX 4251 Teaching Mathematics to Learners with Disabilities 3
EEX 4486 Differentiating Instruction for Students with Exceptionalities 3
EEX4605 Classroom Management for Special Educators3
RED 4510 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School 3
TSL 4251 Methods in Teaching English Language Learners in PK-12 Classrooms 3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete Term 6 courses ( ≥ C in each)
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
EEX 4223 Individualized Education Planning 3
EEX 4253 Access to the General Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities 3
EEX 4291 Characteristics and Education of Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
EEX 4613 Positive Behavior Support 3
RED 4241 Differentiating Reading Instruction 3
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete Term 7 courses ( ≥ C in each)
Complete graduation checks
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
EEX 5210 Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability3
EEX 5237 Methods for Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities3
EEX 5239 Assessment and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education3
RED 4941 Reading and ESOL Practicum 3
TSL 5005 Applied ESOL Instruction in Mainstream Classrooms3
Required Milestones: Term 8
Complete RED4941 ( ≥ C)
Complete EEX5237, EEX5239, TSL5005 and EEX5210 ( ≥ B in each)
Apply for graduation within first 2 weeks of semester

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: 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.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

View Special Education Program Guide