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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION
Students must enter the program with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) or above in undergraduate studies. Students applying with a GPA of at least 2.50 will be granted acceptance under the Challenge Criteria into the degree program, contingent upon completing the Challenge Criteria in the program with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Under these circumstances, students will meet on a monthly basis with their academic advisor to assess academic progress. A maximum of 6 graduate level credits from an accredited institution may be transferred at the discretion of the Program Director. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be transferred.Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than K -12 education are recommended to take certification pre-requisite Education courses to become eligible for Florida Teacher Certification (5 Year Renewable Certificate). A grade point average of 3.00 or higher must be maintained in the degree program in order for a student to meet graduation requirements. A maximum of 3 years will be granted for completion of degree.Students with undergraduate degrees in fields of exceptional student education, including Emotional Handicaps, Mental Handicaps, Communication Disorders or Learning Disabilities may choose to take an elective of their choice in either cross cultural studies or psychological theories. This elective will substitute the class, which corresponds to their Undergraduate area of concentration. A faculty advisor will be available to help in planning each student’s academic progress and selecting courses, however, it is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with all their academic requirements and curriculum.
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