2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 13, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Exceptional Student Education (B.S.)


College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Educational Complex & Gym (ED), 209

407-823-5791

Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator: Dr. Rebecca Hines
rebecca.hines@ucf.edu

The Exceptional Education B.S. provides students 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 working with students with disabilities. Exceptional Education is a critical shortage area and students may be eligible for funding under the TEACH grant. Information can be found at https://finaid.ucf.edu/grants/teachgrant.html.

This Exceptional Student Education (B.S.) program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CCIE-Exceptional-Ed-BS-June2020.pdf

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)


Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (9 Credit Hours)


A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (12 Credit Hours)


1 Courses taken at Florida College System institutions may substitute for select courses in Other Program Requirements with the permission of the department.

A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required.

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (63 Credit Hours)


  • Exceptional Education majors take a variety of courses related to children, adolescents, and adults with special needs, and their learning, development, and family environment. Students majoring in Exceptional Education take a series of core and specialization courses to prepare them to teach in the schools and to demonstrate the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP). Early and continuous field experiences are provided to enhance the Exceptional Education major’s program and to integrate theory and practice in actual school settings. Throughout the Exceptional Education program, students document and reflect upon their accomplishments in a Professional Portfolio, which is continuously reviewed by faculty.
  • Please note: It is strongly recommended to take the Professional Education Test (PEd) portion of the FTCE during Semester II
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required.

Methods Content Area Course I- Select one from:


Elementary Content Area Course:

or - Secondary Content Area Course:

Semester III (6 Credit Hours)


Please note: It is strongly recommended to take the Professional Education Test (PEd) and the Exceptional Education Subject Area Exam portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) after completion of Semester I and II, but prior to Semester III and IV.

Students must apply and be approved for either Internship I or the Practicum in Exceptional Student Education. Deadline dates and placement application are available through the Office of Clinical & Field Experiences at https://ccie.ucf.edu/clinicalexp/. A fee may be required as part of the placement application process.

At least 50% of all specialization courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” (2.0) or better before registering for Internship I or the Practicum in Exceptional Student Education. However, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the education core/professional, specialization and overall for admission into Internship I or the Practicum in Exceptional Student Education.

Semester IV (15 Credit Hours)


Students must apply and be approved for Internship II. Deadline dates and placement application are available through the Office of Clinical & Field Experiences at https://ccie.ucf.edu/clinicalexp/. A fee may be required as part of the placement application process.

All methods courses and at least 80% of all specialization courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” (2.0) or better before registering for Internship II. However, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the education core/ professional, specialization and overall for admission into Internship II.

A passing score on all applicable sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (General Knowledge Test, Professional Education Test, and Subject Area Examination for Exceptional Student Education K-12) is strongly recommended before entry into student teaching (EEX 4941 Internship II).

Satisfactory completion of Internship II requires the student to demonstrate proficiency in all 12 Florida Educator Accomplished Practices at the pre-professional level in accordance with State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.065.

Methods content area course II- Select one course from the Elementary OR Secondary Content Area:


Elementary Content Area Courses (3 Credit Hours)

MAE 3311  is a preferred Elementary Content Area course.

Semester V (12 Credit Hours)


 *To enroll in this course, you must be registered for EEX 4941 Internship II.

Restricted Electives


  • None

Capstone Requirements


  • None

Electives


  • None

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • State University System foreign language admission requirement: two years in high school or one year of college instruction in a single foreign language. (This requirement applies to those students admitted to the University without the required two units of foreign language in high school.)

Graduation

  • None

Additional Requirements


  • None

Required Minors


  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements


  • Achieve a minimum overall 2.5 GPA within the major.
  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA in the education core coursework
  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA in the specialization coursework
  • Achieve a minimum overall 2.5 GPA
  • You must upload key assignments using the Via by Watermark platform. Key assignments are then assessed by faculty to provide evidence of candidate proficiency in all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices. All teacher education candidates, Lifelong Learning majors, and Early Childhood Development and Education majors (all ECDE tracks) are required to complete all Via requirements in order to be cleared for graduation. See https://ccie.ucf.edu/explore-via/
  • Complete ESOL standards assessment tracking requirements in Via for the ESOL endorsement
  • Pass all applicable sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination. See http://www.fldoe.org for test dates and test sites. Effective January 1, 2015, only examination results earned by educators within 10 years prior to the date of application for a new Florida Educator’s Certificate with the Florida Department of Education may be acceptable for certification eligibility requirements (SBE Rule 6A-4.002)

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120


Additional Information


Honors In Major

  • None

Related Programs

  • None

Certificates

  • None

Related Minors

  • None

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • None

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study


Freshman Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Summer (3 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Methods Content Area Course I - Select one from:


Elementary Content Area Course

or - Secondary Content Area Course

Junior Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)


Methods content area course II- Select one course from the Elementary OR Secondary Content Area:


Elementary Content Area Courses (3 Credit Hours)

  • MAE 3311  is a preferred Elementary Content Area course.

Senior Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)