Mission Statement

UNF graduates from the B.A.E program in Special Education prepares teacher candidates to become highly skilled teachers of students with disabilities. The core learning objectives of the Special Education program are aligned with Subject Matter Content Standards for Florida Teachers, professional standards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Council on Education of the Deaf, the Florida's Exceptional Student Education and Hearing Impaired, the College of Education and Human Services Conceptual Framework, and the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF Special Education graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • Examine and become familiar with models of collaboration with other professionals, parents, and students.
  • Use technology as a tool for teaching and communicating with students, parents, and other professionals.
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of learner-centered practices for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively manage the classroom environment.
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • Use data, research, and theory for making instructional decisions.
  • Demonstrate critical reflection and ability to make changes in practice and planning in order to impact positive learning outcomes for students with hearing impairments and varying learning needs.

    Assessment Approaches

    UNF graduates of the B.A.E program in Special Education will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and teaching skills through proficiency on course embedded assessments, activities, and critical task assessments in core, major, and clinical experiences at a proficiency level expected of a teacher candidate. It is expected that teacher candidates apply knowledge throughout the program by demonstrating understanding, competence, and effective implementation of research-based instructional strategies. Assessment strategies include: -Assignments and formal assessments to demonstrate knowledge; -Class discussions, reflections, video tapings, presentations, and professional literature reviews and critiques to nurture professional knowledge and philosophy; -Development of learning materials that facilitate children's learning experiences; -Examination of case studies in order to understand and explore ways to address the variation of student, family and professional needs when working with children with hearing impairments and varying exceptionalities; -Extensive field-based experiences to strengthen professional skills.

    Career Opportunities

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