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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 combined BS/MS pathway in Special Education 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 both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees 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.

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    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.

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    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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