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Exceptional Student Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, FL,
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. 


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 following are pre-approved cognate area options:

  • Special & Alternative Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues in Teacher Education: A Bio-Psycho-Social Perspective
  • Exceptionalities
  • Educational Assessment
  • Issues in Classroom Management
  • Investigative Strategies and Empirical Foundations in Learning and Development
  • Action Research

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 24 months
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

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          Academic Requirements

          You need the following GPA score:

          Required score: 3

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

          General Requirements

          • Hold or be seeking professional teaching certification
          • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on bachelor's degree
          • Submit a current (within five years) official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) verbal score OR Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) score
          • Submit a letter of intent that includes the following information: your background, short- and long-term goals, contributions you would like to make to your field of study, and strengths you bring to the program
          • Submit contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for two professional references

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            1029 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 1029 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • National

            463 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 463 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • In-State

            369 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 369 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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          Living costs for Pensacola

          • 892 - 1480 USD/month
            Living Costs

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