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Program:
Bachelor
College(s):
College of Community Innovation and Education
Department(s):
Teacher Education, Schl of

College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education,
Education Complex, Room: 209

https://ccie.ucf.edu/teachered/exceptional-student-education/

Contact: Dr. Rebecca Hines, rebecca.hines@ucf.edu

The Exceptional Education B.S. provides students a community-embedded teacher preparation program that culminates in certification in Exceptional Education K-12 with Reading and ESOL endorsements. The Exceptional Education program is appropriate for students interested in employment in K-12 settings working with students with disabilities. Exceptional Education is a critical shortage area and students may be eligible for funding under the TEACH grant. Information can be found at https://finaid.ucf.edu/grants/teachgrant.html.

This Exceptional Student Education (B.S.) program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://ccie.ucf.edu/teachered/exceptional-student-education/.  

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the University General Education requirements or its equivalent, i.e., an AA degree from an approved Florida College System or State University System institution.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Complete all Education Common Program Prerequisite courses with a minimum letter grade of “C” (2.0) or better.
  • Meet the Gordon Rule Requirement.
  • Meet the Foreign Language Admission Requirement.
  • Pass all four parts of the General Knowledge Test (no alternatives or waivers are accepted).
  • The Exceptional Education Program is community-based and courses include field experiences in a variety of settings during the junior and senior year of the program.
  • Criminal background checks including fingerprints are required for all applicants to the Exceptional Education program. Students who do not meet approval criteria for working in local schools will not be admitted to the program.
  • All applicants must complete an online orientation prior to acceptance into the program.

Degree Requirements

  • Enrollment is limited. Students should see an advisor prior to registering for classes.
  • The courses designated in 1 (UCF General Education Program) and 2 (Education Common Program Prerequisites) should be completed prior to admission to the major and upper division education courses.
  • This is a state-approved, initial teacher preparation program designed in compliance with Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066. Degree requirements are subject to change based on state mandates.
  • Passing scores on ALL three applicable sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination: General Knowledge Test (GKT), Professional Education Test (PEd) and Subject Area Examination for Exceptional Student Education K-12
  • Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or better in each required Exceptional Education course
  • Accepted students must agree to be available for practicum requirements which may occur during times and days which are outside of the UCF Academic Calendar.

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Tuition and Fees

UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

$212.28 per credit hour

The approximate tuition cost for one year in this program at UCF based on a full time schedule (30 credit hours per year)

UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger, and one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

$748.89 per credit hour

The approximate tuition cost for one year in this program at UCF based on a full time schedule (30 credit hours per year)

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