Special Education teachers look for challenges and are willing (and able) to teach the students that other teachers are unable to reach. They are dedicated to making a difference for all children, regardless of where they may fall on the ability spectrum.
At Florida State, we believe there is no substitute for experience. As early as your first semester, you will have the opportunity to experience what it will be like to be a special education teacher and apply what you’re learning in class in a variety of settings. You will be able to work with students of different ages with a range of disabilities, such as learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum disorder.
Our small class sizes allow you to establish lasting relationships with faculty and peers. Our internationally recognized faculty members are actively engaged in cutting edge instruction and research aimed at making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. They bring a wide range of expertise and experience to the program and are invested in helping you succeed both personally and academically.
Upon completion of our Special Education program, you will receive both bachelor’s and master’s degrees and will be eligible for a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate covering Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. Our focus on extensive field experiences and infusion of technology gives you a leg up in the competition when you’re ready to start your career.
Join our program and be prepared to enter the classroom ready to positively impact the lives of children and youth with disabilities.
For specific admission requirements, visit Teacher Education Undergraduate Admissions.
For specific degree requirements, please see the FSU Academic Guide.
Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers, and a typical path usually offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth. As a Special Education teacher, you could work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. You will adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. You may also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities.
There will always be a need for special education teachers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow by 6 percent (as fast as the national average for all occupations) through 2024. That translates into 27,042 new jobs. The median national annual salary for special education teachers is $56,800 per year. Your income as a special ed teacher may be slightly higher than that of a general classroom teacher, depending on the school district in which you teach.
For program course specifics, please see the FSU Academic Guide.