Dec 03, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exceptional Student Education, M.A.T.

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This program is offered partially online.

Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:

Minimum Total Hours: 36
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 13.1001
Dept. Code: EDS
Major/College Codes: TVE ED
Approved 2002

This major shares core requirements with the M.A. in Exceptional Student Education.

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Teaching and Learning

Contact Information:

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a graduate degree program in special education for individuals teaching with temporary certification and/or individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in an area other than special education. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program leads to certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and endorsement in Reading and ESOL. Students can be admitted to the major during any semester throughout the year; however, the special education core course sequence begins in the fall. Students in the M.A.T. degree program benefit from an integrated curriculum taught in six-hour blocks; mentors who are master teachers within the district that provide one-on-one mentoring for each major participant; and accelerated delivery of course content which allows for completion of the degree in one summer and four academic semesters. All students are required to conduct action research in their classrooms, investigating how they can more effectively use research-based interventions. This requires that students link theory and practice and encourages an inquiry approach to teaching.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue a master’s degree in education.
  • At least one (1)  letter of recommendation from a person who has observed the candidate teach and/or work with children and youth.
  • Interview with the M.A.T. program faculty.

For admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the student must also demonstrate mastery of general knowledge by one of the following:

* Passing the General Knowledge Test, a portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (link to


* Effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C., on test sections of the GRE® revised General Test GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for .GK English Language Skills and GK Reading

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 50 Credit hours*

Shared Core Requirements – 6 Credit Hours
Specialization – 30 Credit Hours
ESOL – 9 Credit Hours
Internship – 6 Credit Hours

*(Students entering with an ESOL endorsement and certification in Elementary Education have a minimum of 36 hours required to complete the program)

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.

Shared Core Requirements: (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

ESOL Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

NOTE: The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are as follows: Successful completion of (1) TSL 5085 , TSL 5086 , and TSL 5240, with a minimum grade of 70% or better on all three sections of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the three ESOL courses; (2) a 20-hour early ESOL field experience in ESOL 1; 3 a late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over a series of weeks; and 4 an ESOL folder, containing all assignments and test results from ESOL 1, 2, and 3.

Note: If a student obtains a state approved ESOL Endorsement prior to internship, consideration will be given to waiving TSL 5085 , TSL 5086  and TSL 5240 with the appropriate program and college approvals.

Internship (6 Credit Hours)

Practicum and Internship

Practicum Requirements

All students are required to register for and complete 3 total hours of practicum (listed above under core requirements).   Students who are employed as an ESE-teacher, or as teaching assistant/paraprofessional may complete the practicum in the classroom where they are employed. Students who are not employed as a teacher or teaching assistant/paraprofessional will be placed in a classroom practicum setting with a mentor teacher in the local school district.

Internship Requirements

All students are required to complete a full-time semester long internship as a special education teacher in a K-12 classroom setting. The internship can be a supervised paid internship which an employed teacher can complete in his/her own classroom. If a student is not employed as a special education teacher, he/she must complete the internship (non-paid) in a supervising teacher’s (Professional Practice Partner) classroom.

Comprehensive Exam

The successful completion of a comprehensive exam in the form of an action research project is required of all students in their final semester of the program. If the student does not successfully complete the action research project in the last semester of the program, the student must pass 2 hours of EDG 6970 – Project Master’s the following semester for a maximum of two attempts.

Tests and Examinations

All students must pass the following examinations:

  • General Knowledge Test (all four subtests) – if the CLAST (taken after July 1, 2002) was used to fulfill admission requirements instead of the General Knowledge Test (GKT), the GKT must be passed before internship.
  • Florida Teacher Certification Professional Education Test – must be passed prior to graduation.
  • Florida Teacher Certification ESE Subject Area Test – must be passed prior to graduation.

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