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Exceptional Student Education

University of South Florida

24 months
15864 USD/year
15864 USD/year
7840 USD/year
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The Exceptional Student Education MAT program offered at University of South Florida is a graduate degree program in special education for individuals teaching with temporary certification and/or individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in an area other than special education.


The Exceptional Student Education MAT program offered at University of South Florida leads to certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and endorsement in Reading and ESOL. Students can be admitted to the major during any semester throughout the year; however, the special education core course sequence begins in the fall. Students in the M.A.T. degree program benefit from an integrated curriculum taught in six-hour blocks; mentors who are master teachers within the district that provide one-on-one mentoring for each major participant; and accelerated delivery of course content which allows for completion of the degree in one summer and four academic semesters. All students are required to conduct action research in their classrooms, investigating how they can more effectively use research-based interventions. This requires that students link theory and practice and encourages an inquiry approach to teaching.

Program Highlights

  • Participate in field experiences in Pre-K–12 classrooms while enrolled in core courses 
  • Receive on-site, one-on-one mentorship from master teachers within local school districts
  • Complete an action research project that teaches you how to improve your classroom practice and develop self-efficacy
  • Serve in a paid paraprofessional position within local school districts (includes benefits and counts as required field experience)
  • Eligibility for financial assistance, such as the TEACH Grant and USF's Laurie Ann Richardson Scholarship. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Research
  • Practicum in Exceptional Student Education
  • Creating Positive Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities
  • Developing Individualized Educational Programs for Students with Disabilities
  • Implementing Programs for Students with Disabilities
  • Psychological Foundations of Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • applications are accepted on an on-going basis


54 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an approved regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent).
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue a master’s degree in education.
  • At least one (1)  letter of recommendation from a person who has observed the candidate teach and/or work with children and youth.
  • Interview with the M.A.T. program faculty.
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15864 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    15864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15864 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7840 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Tampa

1122 - 1951 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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