2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Mar 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Exceptional Student Education MEd ►

College: Community Innovation and Education Degree: MEd
Department: School of Teacher Education Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Website: https://ccie.ucf.edu/teachered/exceptional-student-education/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

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.

Please note: Exceptional Student Education (MEd) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Exceptional Student Education program is designed for teachers already certified in exceptional student education to enhance their knowledge, skills and dispositions. It requires 33 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree including a 3-credit-hour research course, 24 credit hours of specialization courses and 6 credit hours of either a thesis or electives approved by an adviser. A Comprehensive Examination is also required and serves as the culminating experience in the program. Individual Learning Projects, including research skills and action research in authentic settings, are embedded in the specialization courses.

Total Credit Hours Required: 33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Course: 3 Credit Hours

Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course early in their graduate program.

Specialization Courses: 24 Credit Hours

The following courses are specialization courses. Please see your adviser for guidance regarding the selection of the courses.

*EEX 6061  recommended to be completed successfully prior to enrollment in EEX 6107 .

**EEX 6107  may be taken only AFTER 18 hours of graduate coursework in Exceptional Student Education have been completed successfully.

Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

  • EEX 6971 Thesis 6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students choose one of the following options:

  • EEX 6909 Research Report 6 Credit Hours or
  • Two additional electives approved by an adviser 6 Credit Hours

Suggested areas of concentration may be taken as approved electives within the M.Ed. program. Please see complete listings of additional courses in Certificate/Endorsement Programs in Exceptional Student Education for possible electives (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intervention Specialist, Pre-K Disabilities, Severe and Profound, and Special Education). Electives must be approved by an adviser.

Comprehensive Examination

The culminating Comprehensive Examination must be successfully completed to demonstrate mastery of research, skills, knowledge and dispositions of standards from accrediting educational agencies prior to graduation.

Independent Learning

The MEd program may require a Supervised Teaching Practicum as an elective that is part of the Severe and Profound certificate. Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. Please see your adviser for further information.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.

Current Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in Exceptional Student Education or have completed all the requirements for that Professional Teaching Certificate.

Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Applicants who have graduated from an accredited university or college teacher certification program in another state or country, in the appropriate subject and/or grade range, may also be admitted to the M.Ed. program with approvals from appropriate College and Department committees and advisors.

Students may not switch from an M.A. program to an M.Ed. program, or vice versa, without going through the university’s admission process. Courses used to gain initial state certification may not be transferred into an M.Ed. program.

Application Deadlines

Exceptional Student Education MEd *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1 Apr 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1 Nov 1
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information   section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Mary Little PhD
Telephone: 407-823-3275
ED 315J

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
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Mailing Address

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