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    Online Master of Science Degree in Emotional Handicaps/Learning Disabilities

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 30 seats total Application Deadline: 12/1/2006 How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Threaded Discussion Board Subject: Education METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses Blackboard

    The Master of Science in Emotional Handicaps/Learning Disabilities program (soon to be renamed either "Special Education" or "Education of Students with Exceptionalities") is designed for practicing teachers who wish to expand and/or update their knowledge of special education and/or to increase their ability to teach learners who experience disabilities. This degree program is appropriate for individuals with degrees or teacher certification in special education, early childhood education, elementary education, or middle or high school education.
    The program is a minimum of 33 semester hours and provides for specialization in severe disabilities (autism and severe cognitive disability), early childhood special education (birth through age 5 years), and high incidence disabilities. Early childhood special education courses are designed to meet the state of Florida 's requirements for the Pre-Kindergarten Disability Endorsement and the Infant/Toddler Developmental Specialist certification. The severe disability courses are designed to meet the requirements for Florida 's Endorsement in Autism and Endorsement in Severe or Profound Disabilities. High incidence disability courses emphasize instruction in academic areas.
    To participate in FSU's online programs, you need access to certain technologies. To minimize technical problems you may experience, FSU provides online technical support.
    To be successful in your online class, you must have:
    Regular access to a computer
    An Internet connection (ISP or Internet Service Provider)
    An Internet browser
    An FSU/ACNS computer account, which includes your login/username, password, and email account
    For detailed recommended system requirements, please visit the Guide to Technology Requirements for Online Courses on the Online Learning @ FSU web site.
    If you plan to use computer equipment that you do not own for participation in the program, be certain that you have permission to use the equipment for course work purposes. You must also be sure that you have permission to save data to the local hard drive.
    Online students at FSU can find support for every aspect of the University experience. Your computer and an Internet connection link you to the most comprehensive electronic campus in higher education. The FSU library may be reached at el: 850-644-2706. Currently enrolled students who are located 50 miles or more from Tallahassee can request materials to be sent to them. Some of your online courses may require you to purchase a Course Packet, which could include a study guide, textbooks, and/or media (video, audiotapes, CD-ROMs). Information about what, if any, course materials are required for your courses can be found through: Campus bookstores (FSU Bookstore and Bill抯 Bookstore), Departmental web sites, Course instructors, Academic Coordinators. Course materials can be ordered online and will be shipped directly to you. (You pay the cost of the course materials, plus shipping. The FSU bookstore can be reached at 1-800-255-3781. A mentor or teaching assistant is available online (and often by phone) to help clarify course materials and refer you to resources for all other aspects of the university experience. Visit the website for additional student resources information.
    Distance students enrolled in at least 6 semester hours have access to many of the same types of financial aid as residential students. If you need financial aid to help defray the costs of your education, begin to investigate the aid you may be eligible for as soon as possible. Office of Financial Aid, Suite 4400A University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2430, (850) 644-0539, Fax (850) 644-6404, Email ofacs@admin.fsu.edu FAFSA FSU Federal School, Code: 001489, For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, visit the web site.


    The program is a minimum of 33 semester hours, with 18 semester hours of required coursework. For the remaining 15 semester hours, students may specialize in early childhood special education, high incidence disabilities, or severe disabilities. All coursework is available on-line. A minimum of one required course is offered each fall and spring semesters; and two required courses are offered each summer. In addition, specialization courses are offered each semester. Practicing teachers may register for up to six semester hours fall and spring semesters.
    The last semester of the program, students are required to complete a culminating activity. During this semester, students register for EEX 8966: Master's Comprehensive Examination for zero (0) semester hours. At this time, students will complete an electronic portfolio organized around three professional goals established prior to beginning the program.
    Although the course materials you will use are designed for self-directed learning and the professor of the course will also be interacting with students on a regular basis, you may need or want additional help as you progress through a course. To support your progress and help you feel like a member of a learning community, most of the courses have a graduate student teaching assistant to provide that additional assistance. You will be able to communicate with the teaching assistant via threaded discussions, e-mail, phone, or fax. FSU抯 course management system also provides for extensive student-to-student communication via chat and group web-sites to help students develop and participate in a learning community.

    In addition, please read the Advising Handbook designed for students enrolled in the Special Education program: http://www.coe.fsu.edu/DistanceLearning/On-LineMSAdvisingHandbook.pdf
    Students entering the program with graduate hours in special education can transfer up to six hours subject to the supervisory committee抯 approval.
    # a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university,
    # an upper division cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    # a minimum score of 1000 on the combined Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


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