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    Special Education

    The Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education graduate program at Florida State prepares teachers to learn advanced skills and conduct research in special education and related areas. The program is currently ranked in the Top 20 Special Education programs in the nation. We are committed to high quality personnel preparation, service to the State of Florida, and nationally recognized research leading to improved outcomes for and understanding of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

    Within the Special Education program, we offer master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. In the master’s program, you can specialize in:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
      • Teachers enrolled in the program who are already licensed in the state of Florida will be eligible for the Autism Endorsement from the Florida Department of Education upon completion of this program. This endorsement can help increase marketability and open up new job opportunities, particularly in regards to serving students with ASD.
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Reading
    • Severe Disabilities

    Please note: these are advanced programs designed for current teachers. If you are looking to become certified to teach Special Education, please see our Special Education combined BS/MS pathway.

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    In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
    • GRE test scores. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): http://www.ets.org/ – FSU Institution Code: 5219.

    M.S. and Ed.S. Applicant Target Scores:
    Verbal – 146+
    Quantitative – 140+

    Ph.D. Applicant Target Scores:
    Verbal – 151+
    Quantitative – 145+
    Writing – 3+

    The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.

    • Language proficiency test (international students only)– FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5) and MELAB (minimum 77).
    • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions. The address for submitting transcripts is:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    Applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:

    • Statement of purpose – should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications and long-term career goals.
      • At least one (1) page for M.S. and Ed.S. applicants
      • At least two (2) pages for Ph.D. applicants
    • Letters of recommendation
      • Two (2) for M.S. and Ed.S. applicants
      • Three (3) for Ph.D. applicants
    • One page resume/curriculum vitae
    • Writing Sample – it is acceptable to submit a paper used in another class, or one that was published.

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    Master’s and Specialist programs:

    Fall: July 1st
    Spring: November 1st
    Summer: March 1st

    Doctoral program:

    Fall: December 1st (early deadline for consideration for financial aid), March 1st (final deadline)
    Spring: November 1st
    Summer: March 1st

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    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2020. That translates into 77,400 new jobs.
 The median national annual salary for special education teachers is $53,220 per year.

    Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers, and a typical path usually offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth. Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. With students who have mild or moderate disabilities, they ensure that lessons and teaching strategies are modified to meet the students’ needs. With students who have severe disabilities, they teach the students independent living skills and basic literacy, communication, and math. They generally work school hours when students are present, and use nights and weekends to prepare lessons and grade papers. Some teachers work during the summer months.

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