Exceptional Student Education, M.A. Comprehensive

The M.A. in Exceptional Student Education is a comprehensive program. There is a critical shortage of certified teachers, administrators, related professionals, and specialists in many areas of exceptional student education.


Program Description

The comprehensive master's degree program in Exceptional Student Education is part of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit, and is designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for instructional and leadership roles in special education.


Students will be assigned a faculty mentor who will provide career advice and advisement concerning professional issues. Students in this master’s degree program must complete a 21-semester-hour core, which includes a twelve-semester-hour Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership core and a nine-semester-hour Educational Investigative Sequence.

Students must also complete a cognate program of study of at least 15 semester hours. The the following are pre-approved cognate area options:

  • Special Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PreK Disabilities
  • Exceptional and Alternative Educational Studies

Non-Florida resident students admitted to UWF Online Campus programs and registered for online courses in pursuit of that degree may be eligible for a tuition waiver that reduces the out-of-state portion of your tuition anywhere from 100% - 75%. Please review the Tuition Waiver Availability information to determine if you qualify. Tuition waivers must be requested every semester.
Please visit UWF Graduate Admissions for more details on admission requirements and procedures.

For more specific requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.


Download the Exceptional Student Education, M.A Academic Learning Plan:

Exceptional-Student-Education-ALP (PDF)


"This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement" (Washington Student Achievement Council Degree Authorization, February 26, 2013).

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