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The University of Central Florida offers Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in Exceptional Student Education. The Bachelor in Science degree prepares exceptional education teachers to work in programs serving K-12 students with exceptionalities. Graduates meet eligibility requirements for a professional Florida Teacher Certificate in the area of Exceptional Education in the state of Florida. The University of Central Florida Office of Graduate Studies provides leadership for, and administers policies on graduate education at the University of Central Florida including both the master and doctoral degrees in Exceptional Student Education. For students interested in a master's degree in Exceptional Student Education, two different options are offered. A Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree prepares exceptional education teachers to work in programs serving K-12 students with exceptionalities. The program is designed for teachers certified in an area of exceptional education. The Master of Arts (M.A.) program is for non-education majors, or previously certified teachers in another field. The Ph.D. in Education, Exceptional Education program is designed to prepare highly competent professionals to assume faculty and leadership positions in teaching, research and service in the area of special education in higher education.

Students interested in Exceptional Student Education may also want to inquire about different funded projects that provide support. A few projects are listed below; more information is available by searching the College of Education and Human Performance website:
PIPS Project
This grant focuses on preparing teachers of young children with disabilities to work in inclusive settings. Teachers receive their PK disabilities endorsement on completion of their program.
Preparing Highly Qualified Personnel to Serve Students with Severe/Profound Disabilities
The purpose of this project is to prepare highly qualified educators to work with students with severe/low incidence disabilities; the emphasis is on recruitment of individuals from underrepresented populations.
Project LEAD
This support for students in doctoral programs has been designed to prepare highly competent exceptional student education leaders representing culturally and linguistically diverse populations for university faculty positions, or for service in training positions in agencies or school systems.
TEACH Grants
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a new grant program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The TEACH Grant is a non-need-based grant which provides qualified undergraduate students up to $4,000 per year (to a maximum of $16,000). Those students pursuing a master's degree in teaching are eligible for scholarships up to $4,000 per year in grants to a maximum of $8,000 for a two-year master's program.

Please note: Grant amounts are determined based on the number of semester hours for which a student is enrolled - click here for more information.
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