Graduate Programs

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

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MISSION:

The professional education program at Florida Memorial University is designed to uphold and carry out the mission of the University to provide effective academic programs that lead to life-long learning and leadership through service. The dynamics of change have led to the continuation of high expectations in the quality of educators prepared at this institution, from increasing the diversity of the student population to revision of the program that addresses the use of technology in both preparation for and in instruction. Effective educators will demonstrate the attributes of high expectations in terms of scholarship, service, and research as they prepare to become professionals in their respective fields. Graduates of the teacher education program are noted for their professionalism and their belief that all children can learn. The School of Education programs are centered on preparing constructivist, competent, and compassionate educators.

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.

Select Your Area of Interest:

The School of Education offers two programs at the Masters Level:

The School of Education offers one program at the Specialist Level:

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Two-Page Completed Application Form
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. Recommendation Form
  4. One-page essay
  5. Official Transcript(s) from all previously attended universities
  6. $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  7. An interview with program coordinator.

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 and defense of thesis (MS) or Successful completion of Capstone research project (EdS)
  • A passing score on the Reading Subject Area Test (for Reading program only)
From the ESE link (for Masters)

MS IN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION

Earn Your Master of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education While You Teach

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.

OUR PROGRAM:

  • Fast-paced and designed for full-time working teachers.
  • Consists of 10 research-based courses with field experience embedded.
  • Can be completed in one year (three semesters), but offered over 5 semesters.
  • Accepts the TEACH Grant – available for those who qualify (inquire with the Dean of Education for details)

ONE YEAR PROGRAM

  • Fall – 4 courses
  • Spring – 4 courses
  • Summer – 2 courses

5 SEMESTERS PROGRAM

  • Fall – 2 courses
  • Spring – 2 courses
  • Summer – 2 courses
  • Fall – 2 courses
  • Spring – 2 courses

CULMINATING ACTIVITIES:

  • Presentation of fully executed action research
  • Comprehensive examination or thesis.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Two-Page Completed Application Form
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. One-page essay
  4. Official Transcript(s) from all previously attended universities
  5. $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  6. An interview with program coordinator.

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 and defense of thesis
  • Graduate Record Exams (GRE) score

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

EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE (ED.S.) IN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION

Earn Your Education Specialist Degree in Exceptional Student Education While You Teach

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Education Specialist in Special Education (Ed.S.-SE) 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.

OUR PROGRAM:

  • Fast-paced and designed for full-time working teachers.
  • Consists of 12 research-based courses with field experience embedded.
  • Can be completed in two years (six semesters.
  • Accepts the TEACH Grant – available for those who qualify (inquire with the Dean of Education for details)
  • Reading Endorsement option available for interested teachers

6 SEMESTERS PROGRAM

  • Spring – 2 courses
  • Summer – 2 courses
  • Fall – 2 courses
  • Spring – 2 courses
  • Summer – 2 courses
  • Fall – 2 courses

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Two-Page Completed Application Form
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
  3. One-page essay
  4. Official Transcript(s) from all previously attended universities
  5. $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  6. An interview with program coordinator.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Successful completion of the required semester-hours
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Successful completion of capstone research project

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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