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Exceptional Student Education

The FCE programs in Exceptional Student Education/Special Education (ESE) prepare professionals to assume positions as teachers, professors, administrators, and disability service providers. The MS program with a specialization in ESE addresses the academic and professional needs of individuals who: (a) are certified teachers or related services professionals who seek to engage in advanced, specialized study in the field, or (b) seek teacher certification (Florida) or licensure (Nevada) in the field of ESE.

Who Should Apply

This option offers a program of study that does not result in certification. The program is open to (a) certified teachers who seek to attain the MS in ESE and/or add categorical endorsements to current certification, and (b) individuals from the related services who seek to attain the MS in ESE. Students have the option to design a customized program of study. This option is intended to permit students to concentrate on a categorical area of study (disability specific) or to study a combination of courses that best meet individual career objectives and needs.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.
  • Program is open to certified/licensed educators or related/direct services professional

Non-certification, Customized Program Option

This program is intended to permit students to concentrate on a disability-specific area of study or to study a combination of courses that best meets individual career objectives and needs.

The customized MS in ESE requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. Courses may be selected from options that carry the prefix of ESE, CBD, or EP (see course listings provided). Students will collaborate with an ESE faculty member and an Academic Advisor to develop the customized program of study. The finalized program represents a contract between FCE and the student; any changes or modifications to the program must be negotiated between the student and the ESE faculty member.

This customized program does not lead to certification; however, the completion of specific courses may meet individual state requirements for “add-on” endorsements and/or certification. Students are to refer to their respective State Departments of Education to determine specific certification/licensure and/or endorsement requirements.

 

REQUIRED COURSES

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
CBD 0501 Special Education Law 3
ESE 0630 Educational and Psychological Assessment of Exceptional Students 3

Customized (Selected) Courses: The remaining courses (minimum of 27 credits) are to be selected from the following categorical program options:

Note: Students may select from the full menu of courses available, including ESE courses offered as part of the certification programs. For the purposes of planning, disability specific courses are grouped by categorical area; additional ESE courses are listed following the categorical information. ESE courses above 0600 will require waiver of some prerequisites.

AUTISM

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EP 0650 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Nature of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder 3
EP 0655 Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Intervention Methods, Strategies, and Application 3
EP 0660 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 3
EP 0665 Language, Communication Development & Augmentative Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders 3

DEVELOPMENTAL/INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
CBD 0510 Characteristics and Needs of Students with Developmental Disabilities 3
CBD 0513 Methods for Teaching Students with Developmental Disabilities 3

EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
CBD 0512 Characteristics and Needs of Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders 3
CBD 0515 Methods for Teaching Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders 3
LEARNING DISABILITIES
Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
CBD 0511 Characteristics and Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities 3
CBD 0514 Methods for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3

PREKINDERGARTEN DISABILITIES

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EP 5265 Nature and Needs of Young Children with Disabilities 3
EP 5270 Assessing the Needs of Young Children with Disabilities 3
EP 5275 Intervention Strategies and Classroom Behavior Management of Young Children with Disabilities 3
EP 5280 Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities and the Community 3

ADDITIONAL EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION COURSE OPTIONS

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
CBD 0503 Classroom Management 3
CBD 0505 Working with Families of Exceptional Learners 3
CBD 0516 Teaching Mathematics to Exceptional Learners 3
CBD 0517 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Learners 3
ESE 0600 Survey of Exceptionalities of Children and Youth 3
ESE 0610 Speech and Language Development and Disabilities 3
ESE 0620 Behavior Management of Exceptional Students 3
ESE 0640 Transition Skills and Services for Exceptional Students 3
ESE 0660 Curriculum and Instructional Materials for Exceptional Students 3
ESE 0680 Teaching Social and Personal Skills to Exceptional Students 3
ESE 0600 Consultation and Collaboration in Exceptonal Student Education 3

Additional Endorsement

Students who seek an additional endorsement (add-on certification) in a content cognate area of study (e.g., TESOL or Reading) should refer to their respective State Department of Education to determine certification requirements. FCE requirements for content areas of specialization are published and can be located in the catalog. For additional information, contact your ESE faculty and/or Academic Advisor.

TOTAL CREDITS: 36

Este programa ha sido diseñado para aquellos profesionales que quieren ser más efectivos en la enseñanza de los estudiantes excepcionales. En la actualidad estos maestros ofrecen la atención que los niños y jóvenes con necesidades especiales requieren así como ponen en práctica las políticas de inclusión exigidas. Las clases son impartidas en forma presencial y a través del internet.

Para más información o para comenzar su aplicación, contacte a:

Dra. Beatriz Diaz, Directora de ITEP
Abraham S. Fischler College of Education
Nova Southeastern University's Miami Campus
8501 SW 124th Avenue, Miami, FL 33183
Teléfono: (305) 275-2638
Fax: (954) 262-2535
diazbb@nova.edu

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The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the exceptional student education specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain reflective journals and create files of samples of their students’ work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by portfolios detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Coursework for the master’s in exceptional student education program is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The online special education master’s program allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in locations near their homes. The distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their online master’s in special education without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are dedicated to preparing aspiring teachers and those seeking careers as professionals in education-related fields. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices;
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for degree.

This customized program does not lead to certification; however, the completion of specific courses may meet individual state requirements for “add-on” endorsements and/or certification. Students are to refer to their respective State Departments of Education to determine specific certification/licensure and/or endorsement requirements.

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