The Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education graduate program at Florida State prepares teachers to learn advanced skills. As a student here, you’ll conduct research in special education and related areas while enjoying close mentorship from our faculty. Designed for existing teachers, this program particularly helps those individuals who desire to enter special education teacher roles.
Above all else, the program aspires to train high quality special education teachers who provide service to those in need. Our faculty regularly produce nationally recognized research to improve 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:
Please note: these are advanced programs designed for current teachers. If you wish to become certified to teach special education, please see our Special Education combined BS/MS pathway.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:
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.
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:
The FSU College of Education offers over $500,000 in scholarship and fellowship opportunities – more than any other public College of Education in the state of Florida. On top of that, the state of Florida is nationally ranked in the top 2 for lowest tuition. The tuition at Florida State University is an even better bargain compared to other public research universities. You can find information about tuition at FSU here.
The Florida Department of Education’s ESE Endorsement Tuition Support Program provides financial assistance to exceptional student education (ESE) teachers who are teaching students identified as having autism spectrum disorders or Prekindergarten ESE in Florida public schools. Click here to learn more.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow by 7.4% through 2026. That translates into 15,100 new jobs. The median national annual salary for special education teachers is $60,600 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.
Click here to learn more about our Special Education faculty!