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:
- Masters-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, a corporate or non-profit organization, or higher education institutions.
Tuition & Aid
The FSU College of Education offers over $550,000 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.