Last Updated 2016-02-25
Exceptional Student Education MEd
Together, the Graduate Student Handbook
and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.
The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.
Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Exceptional Student Education program is designed for teachers already certified in exceptional student education to enhance their knowledge, skills and dispositions. It requires 33 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree including a 3-credit-hour research course, 24 credit hours of specialization courses and 6 credit hours of either a thesis or electives approved by an adviser. A Comprehensive Examination is also required and serves as the culminating experience in the program. Individual Learning Projects, including research skills and action research in authentic settings, are embedded in the specialization courses.
Required Course—3 Credit Hours
- EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course early in their
Specialization Courses—24 Credit Hours
The following courses are specialization courses. Please see your adviser for
guidance regarding the selection of the courses.
- EEX 6061 Instructional Strategies Pre-K-6 (3 credit hours)*
- EEX 6065 Programming for Students with Disabilities at the Secondary Level (3 credit
- EEX 6107 Teaching Spoken and Written Language (3 credit
- EEX 6295 Assessment and Curriculum Prescriptions for the
Exceptional Population (3 credit hours)
- EEX 6342 Seminar—Critical
Issues in Special Education (3 credit hours)
- EEX 6524 Organization and
Collaboration in Special Ed (3 credit hours)
- EEX 6612 Methods of
Behavioral Management (3 credit hours)
- EEX 6863 Supervised Teaching
Practicum with Exceptional Children (for completion of the Severe and Profound
Endorsement ONLY) or elective approved by an adviser (3 credit hours)
*EEX 6061 recommended to be completed successfully prior to enrollment
in EEX 6107.
**EEX 6107 may be taken only AFTER 18 hours of graduate
coursework in Exceptional Student Education have been completed
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- EEX 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
Nonthesis students choose one of the
- EEX 6909 Research Report (6 credit
- Two additional electives approved by an adviser (6 credit
Suggested areas of concentration may be taken as approved
electives within the M.Ed. program. Please see complete listings of
additional courses in Certificate/Endorsement Programs in Exceptional
Student Education for possible electives (Autism Spectrum Disorder,
Intervention Specialist, Pre-K Disabilities, Severe and Profound, and
Special Education). Electives must be approved by an adviser.
The culminating Comprehensive
Examination must be successfully completed to demonstrate mastery of
research, skills, knowledge and dispositions of standards from accrediting
educational agencies prior to graduation.
Course ScheduleThe Exceptional Student Education program is a ESOL Endorsement Program, for more information, please visit: education.ucf.edu/wle/program.cfm?id=7#endorsement.
UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.
Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.
UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies.
students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships,
tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Financing Grad
School, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF
and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial
Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Key points about financial support:
- If you're interested
in financial assistance, you're strongly encouraged to apply for admission
early. A complete application for admission, including all supporting documents,
must be received by the priority date listed for your program under
b. You must be admitted to a graduate program before the
university can consider awarding financial assistance to you.
If you want to be considered for loans and other need-based financial
assistance, review the UCF Student Financial Assistance website at
http://finaid.ucf.edu and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid) form, which is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Apply early and allow up to six weeks for
the FAFSA form to be processed.
UCF Graduate Studies awards
university graduate fellowships, with most decisions based on nominations from
the colleges and programs. All admitted graduate students are automatically
considered in this nomination process. To be eligible for a fellowship, students
must be accepted as a graduate student in a degree program and be enrolled
full-time. To receive need-based fellowship awards, the student must have
demonstrated need as determined by FAFSA. Merit fellowship awards are not
affected by FAFSA determination of need.
Please note that
select fellowships do require students to fill out a fellowship application
(either a university fellowship application, an external fellowship application,
or a college or school fellowship application).
information on assistantships (including teaching, research, and general
graduate assistantships) or tuition support, contact the graduate program
director of your major.
Graduate Student AssociationsThe
Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to
enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To
learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or graduate
program organizations, please see program advisor.
Instructor Training and Development
The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in
all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. They offer several
programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at
GTA Training (mandatory for
employment as a GTA)
This training provides information and resources for
students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a
variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing,
and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an
optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.
Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty
Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are
For more information: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events
> GTA Programs or call 407-823-3544.
Pathways to Success
Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways
to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students
including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate
Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more
information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.
The Graduate Research Forum will feature poster displays
representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines. It is an opportunity for
students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive
valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in
each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.
The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite
all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research
Forum. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers
graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the
opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the
Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant –
This award is for students who provide teaching support and assistance under the
direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the extent and quality of the
assistance provided by the student to the lead instructor and the students in
the class. (Not intended for students who are instructor of record)
Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching – This award is for
students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom
responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the student’s
teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.
for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for
excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and
contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis
may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in
refereed journals, awards and recognitions from professional organizations, and
praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field. The university
award will be forwarded to a national-level competition sponsored by the Council
of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) when the thesis discipline corresponds to
the annual submission request.
For the nomination process and eligibility
criteria, see the College of Graduate Studies website www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.
Students should take opportunities to present a poster or a topic of research
at a conference. To obtain financial support to present at a conference (other
than through your program) or to engage in comparable creative activity at a
professional meeting, visit the Graduate Presentation Fellowship section at www.graduate.ucf.edu.
For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS)
thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org > Awards.
UCF’s Career Services department offers
a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students.
These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation
for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website
services or resources provided by the academic program, please contact the
graduate program director or academic advisor.
- College of Graduate Studies Forms
A listing of forms and files for the College of Graduate Studies.
- Graduate Petition Form
When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
- Traveling Scholar Form
Required form of graduate students who would like to take advantage of resources available on another campus, but not available at UCF; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections.