Special Education, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Arts, Sciences, & Education

Campus:Modesto Maidique Campus

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Program Description

The undergraduate special education, exceptional student education (ESE) program utilizes a field-centered preparation model leading to approval for State of Florida Certification in Exceptional Student Education with ESOL Endorsement. The special education, exceptional student education (ESE) program recognizes that students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education, that all students are to be educated in the least restrictive yet most enabling environment and are to access the general education curriculum the greatest extent possible. Special educators also provide services to preschool children and adults. The Florida Education of Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) competencies are met throughout program coursework.

Admission Requirements

1. Students entering FIU as Freshmen or as a Transfer Student with less than 30 credits

You are considered a freshman when you have earned less than 13 college credits since your high school graduation. Credits earned in Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs do not affect your freshman status.

Admissions criteria are the same as the general FIU criteria for students entering with fewer than 60 approved credits. Click here for the details.

2. Student transferring to FIU with 31-59 earned and approved credits

Education majors resulting in teacher certification are Limited Access Majors. In addition to the general FIU Requirements, your application will be screened by the College. As the review process is underway, you will be housed temporarily in Undergraduate Education pending the College's decision. Their decision will focus on your progression towards the criteria listed below based on the number of credits you are transferring into FIU.

o A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.00 or better on a 4.0 scale.

3. Students transferring to FIU with 60 or more earned, approved credits

Education majors resulting in teacher certification have specific requirements for admission at the upper division level. In addition to the general FIU Transfer Admissions criteria for students with 60 credits or more, the following criteria must be met:

o A minimum lower-division GPA of 2.30 or better on a 4.0 scale;

o Either 60 credit hours of lower division coursework or an AA degree from an accredited institution;

o Met CLAS requirements

o A passing score on all sections (including the essay section) of the Florida Teacher Certification General Knowledge Exam

o Must meet the following lower division requirements:

o University Core/General Education;

o Major specific lower division common pre-requisites

o Foreign language

o EDF 1005: Introduction to Education (3 credits)

o EDG 2085: Teaching Diverse Populations (3 credits)

o EME 2040: Introduction to Educational Technology (3 credits)

o In addition to EDG 2085, students must take 6 additional semester hours with an international or diversity focus. For example, at FIU, these types of courses can be found under the Societies and Identities category of the University Core Curriculum List.

If you meet general FIU Admissions criteria for a Transfer Students with 60 credits or more, but do not meet the above criteria for admission to a teacher certification program, you will be admitted to FIU but not admitted to the education certification program. You will be housed temporarily in Undergraduate Education pending completion of the above criteria.

Career Opportunities

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Wages & Employment Trends for Special Education Teachers, Middle School:

Florida Median income $46,600
Florida rate of growth +20%
National Median wages $55,780
National Projected growth +7%

Source and more information: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-2042.00

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Cramer
ZEB 242A
305-348-2425
cramere@fiu.edu
http://education.fiu.edu/