This program is closing and no longer accepting new students pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) degree program with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education includes coursework and practicum experiences that could lead to endorsement in Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities. Please contact the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Educator Certificate for any questions regarding endorsement.

In addition to the required 30 credits listed below, students in this program (a) may be assigned advanced level assignments within courses; (b) may be required to complete additional graduate level coursework; (c) will be required to increase the level of implementation of the capstone project; and ( d) will be required to write a publishable paper based on the advocacy project and submit it a practitioner special education journal.

Application Requirements

Admission to all graduate-degree concentrations in the School of Education and Human Development is based on the recommendation of the faculty. Admissions decisions are based on faculty review of the following general requirements that apply to all Graduate Programs in the School as well as specific documents listed under each concentration.

Applicants must:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirements may be waived for applications to Spring 2021 and following, pending final approvals. However, if the GRE is required for admissions, applicants must achieve acceptable scores on the GRE taken within the past five years. International applicants whose native language is not English or applicants whose degrees are from a non-U.S. University must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) and the GRE;
  • provide official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an acceptable undergraduate grade point average. A minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required. Official transcripts from every institution attended by an applicant, whether or not the applicant completed a degree program at the institution, are required;
  • provide three letters of recommendation that address the issues and meet the criteria established by the program being applied to;
  • provide a personal statement that addresses the mission and purpose of the program being applied to;
  • resume;
  • take part in an admissions interview (required by some programs); and
  • exhibit personal and professional experiences and characteristics that are relevant to the profession and/or field and/or degree program for which the application is being submitted.

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

In addition to the factors listed as general requirements for all applications to the SEHD’s graduate programs, consideration for admission to the M.S.Ed. program will include the following:

  • For some M.S.Ed. programs in TAL: Teachers with at least three years full-time teaching experience may apply for a GRE waiver for programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning. An application for waiver of the GRE requirement may be found on the SEHD web site. Teachers who apply for a GRE waiver must submit a 3-page essay on an important topic in education.

International Applications

All international applications must provide additional information and meet additional requirements as required by the UM Graduate School and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. For an appropriate link to these requirements, please visit the Graduate School website.

Admission Decision

Once an applicant has been admitted to graduate study, that individual should meet with the faculty advisor who was appointed to serve in that capacity and whose name appears in the admissions letter. This advisor will help the student enroll in courses that are appropriate to the program; to develop and to refine a Course Sequence Plan that must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

Honor Code/Handbook of Policies and Procedures

The School of Education and Human Development follows the Graduate School’s Honor Code. All students are required to review the Graduate Student Honor Code and the School of Education and Human Development’s Handbook of Policies and Procedures for Graduate Students and submit the signed Acknowledgement of Receipt located on page 3 by the end of their first semester of enrollment.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses
TAL 640Typical and Atypical Child Development3
TAL 641Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities: Strategies and Medical Issues3
TAL 642Evaluation and Assessment in Infant and Early Childhood Special3
TAL 643Intervention Strategies in Infant and Early Childhood Special Education3
TAL 644Early Childhood Curriculum Development3
TAL 645Methods for Communications and Language in Young Children with Disabilities3
TAL 646Working with Children who Exhibit Challenging Behaviors3
TAL 648Practicum/Internship with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities3
TAL 649Practicum/Internship with Children with Disabilities (3-5 yrs.)3
TAL 650Early Reading Instruction and Literature for Young Children3
Total Credit Hours30

 Sample Plan of Study

This is a sample Plan of Study. Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings. Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
TAL 640 Typical and Atypical Child Development 3
TAL 641 Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities: Strategies and Medical Issues 3
TAL 642 Evaluation and Assessment in Infant and Early Childhood Special 3
 Credit Hours9
TAL 643 Intervention Strategies in Infant and Early Childhood Special Education 3
TAL 644 Early Childhood Curriculum Development 3
TAL 645 Methods for Communications and Language in Young Children with Disabilities 3
 Credit Hours9
TAL 646 Working with Children who Exhibit Challenging Behaviors 3
TAL 648 Practicum/Internship with Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
TAL 649 Practicum/Internship with Children with Disabilities (3-5 yrs.) 3
TAL 650 Early Reading Instruction and Literature for Young Children 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30