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Special Education

University of South Florida's Special Education programs grant degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. The department prepares teachers to work with students with exceptionalities, and doctoral students to provide leadership in research and teacher education programs. The bachelor's program is designed to prepare teachers to work in classrooms with students who have mild to moderate disabilities.

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Graduates will be certified in ESE (previously varying exceptionalities). Teachers in the M.A. program develop advanced clinical and pedagogical skills in working with children with exceptionalities and their families. The program is structured so that students can maintain full-time employment while pursuing their degree through the use of nontraditional scheduling and Web-based and accelerated instruction.

The doctoral program emphasizes urban special education and prepares individuals for leadership positions in research and teacher education. Graduates of this program will have:

  • Knowledge of the research and philosophical foundations of special education policies and practices;

  • An informed perspective on the ethical issues in the interactions of race, ethnicity, social class, and gender with the nature and quality of special education policies, research, teacher education, and services;

  • Knowledge and skills in the design, implementation, and maintenance of university-school partnerships;

  • An interdisciplinary grounding in and respect for multiple genres and methods of inquiry;

  • Ability to conceptualize, plan, and conduct research;

  • The values and the conceptual and analytical skills of a scholar.




This website is maintained by the Department of Special Education.


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Important Links:

:: College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

:: Center for Migrant Education

:: Clearinghouse for Special Education Teaching Cases

::Florida Inclusion Network

:: High School Equivalency

Program (HEP)

:: Student Council for Exceptional Students (SCEC)

::Very Special Arts



Contact Us

In person:

Special Education

College of Education Building

Suite 402

By mail:

University of South Florida

Special Education

4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU105

Tampa, Florida 33620

Phone: 813. 974.3410

Fax:     813.  974.5542






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