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    Special Education

    Know someone with special needs—and you’re ready to learn how to help? Are you interested in a challenging and rewarding career?

    Fast-track your career with maximum preparation in minimum time. Apply to Florida State University’s accelerated BS/MS program in Special Education Studies and join our community of dedicated students and internationally renowned faculty who are focused on making a difference in the lives of our society’s most vulnerable people.

    In this program, you’ll be prepared to transform the lives of people with:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Learning disabilities
    • Emotional/behavioral disorders
    • Intellectual disabilities

    Our program features:

    • Cutting-edge instruction and research
    • Small classes with collegial, committed, and collaborative peers
    • Enthusiastic faculty fully invested in your academic and professional success
    • Empathetic, nurturing approaches to the challenges of becoming a teacher
    • Dynamic field experiences to help you learn to work productively with a wide variety of students—and give you a leg up on the competition
    • Mentors who help ensure you have the training and tools necessary to successfully support your students’ learning, inspiration, and creativity 

    Real-world experience from the start

    As early as your first semester, you’ll experience what it’s like to be a teacher in actual classrooms applying cutting-edge research, training, and resources to:

    • Work with a diverse range of students from all backgrounds
    • Practice proven methods used by top teachers to create powerful learning opportunities
    • Prepare for a classroom of your own
    • Make a real difference in real lives 

    Career ready and prepared to excel

     Hit the ground running with an accelerated BS/MS and eligibility for:

    • Master’s-level compensation
    • Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate covering Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Reading, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsements.

    Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers, and a typical path usually offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth.

    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 through 2024. That translates into 28,100 new jobs.
 The median national annual salary for special education teachers is $57,910 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.

    With a master’s degree, you’ll also have more job opportunities than you would with just a bachelor’s. You could pursue a career in a school district, state education agency, corporate or non-profit organization, or higher education institution.

    Admissions Contact:

    Frank Amidon
    Mapping Coordinator
    OASIS- 2301 Stone Building
    (850) 644-3767

    Program Contact:

    Jeannie McDowell
    Academic Support Assistant
    G107 Stone Building
    (850) 645-8316 (phone)
    (850) 644-7736 (fax)

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