School of Education Graduate Programs

EARN YOUR MASTERS OR EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE IN EDUCATION WHILE YOU TEACH

Since 2005, the School of Education has successfully graduated candidates from our innovative graduate programs. The School of Education offers three (3) fast-paced graduate programs to assist full-time teachers in receiving their degrees in approximately one to two years. Courses are offered in a variety of formats (hybrid, online, and face-to-face). The graduate faculty continuously work to create new opportunities in course delivery, as well as meeting the demands of program interest. All courses are taught by highly qualified faculty in ESE, ESOL, and reading.

AREAS OF INTEREST

MASTER OF SCIENCE
Exceptional Education/ESOL
Reading

EDUCATION SPECIALIST
Exceptional Student Education

GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of the required semester-hours
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • A Passing score on the comprehensive exam or successful completion OR defense of thesis (MS) OR Successful completion of Capstone research project (Ed.S.)
  • A passing score on the Reading Subject Area Test (for Reading program only)

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education is designed to meet the needs of candidates who want to advance their current teaching certificate. The Teacher Advancement path, which requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, is designed for candidates with an undergraduate degree in Exceptional Student Education or related area; however candidates who are interested in becoming ESOL endorsed will need to take an additional 6 credit hours. In addition to the course work for the program, candidate will have the option of completing either a comprehensive exam or a thesis at the end of their course work. The Thesis (ESE 599) requires a minimum of 3 credit hours to graduate. If the thesis is not completed and successfully defended, candidates can register for additional credit hours by taking ESE 599 for 1 to 3 credit hours until the process is completed.

Program completers can become a special educator and have immediate employment opportunities.

For specific program information, contact the program coordinator:
Dr. Denise Callwood-Brathwaite
Professor of Special Education
E-mail: dbrathwa@fmuniv.edu
Phone: (305) 623-1415

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN READING

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Science Degree in Reading is an initial certification program and is designed to meet the needs of individuals from three different career paths. Track I which requires 36 credits, is designed for candidates with certification in education and ESOL endorsement by the Florida State Board of Education. Track II which requires 42 credits, is designed for candidates with only certification in education, and requires ESOL endorsement. Track III which requires 48 credits is designed for candidates with an undergraduate or graduate degree in an area other than education, and/or who are not certified to teach. In addition to the course work for both career paths, candidates in the program have the option of completing either a comprehensive exam or a thesis at the end of their course work. The Thesis (ESE 599) requires a minimum of 3 credit hours to graduate. If the thesis is not completed and successfully defended, candidates can register for additional credit hours by taking ESE 599 for 1 to 3 credit hours until the process is completed. The culminating activities are: presentation of fully executed action research to campus community/local conference and comprehensive examination or thesis.

For specific program information, contact the program coordinator:
Dr. Yvonne Campbell
Associate Professor of Reading
Yvonne.campbell@fmuniv.edu
(305) 623-4278

EDUCATION SPECIALIST IN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Education Specialist in Special Education degree is designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Special Education who have completed a Master of Education degree (or the equivalent) in special education or a related field. The Scholar will develop their skills as educational leaders in research, teaching and service. The program consists of a rigorous curriculum that addresses current issues and trends in the field of special education with a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours including a culminating exit examination and Research Project or the Thesis. In this program, candidates will be required to read, write, and research the issues and trends in Special Education. Candidates enroll in 24 hours of special education Content Specialization courses, 6 hours of Research Core Courses, and 6 hours of special education research.

For specific program information, contact the program coordinator:
Dr. Tamar F. Riley
Associate Professor of Special Education
E-mail: tamar.riley@fmuniv.edu
Phone: (305) 626-3164

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