Project SPD

Preparing Highly Qualified Personnel to Serve Students with Severe/Profound Disabilities









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We are very excited about the Graduate Certificate in Severe or Profound Disabilities at the University of Central Florida. This certificate can be taken by itself or incorporated into our Masters in Exceptional Student Education Program. It is specifically designed to meet the requirements for Florida Department of Education Endorsement in Severe or Profound Disabilities.


Learn more about Project SPD & SPD II.


“The benefits of participating in the SPD program are two-fold: Financial assistance has allowed me to further my knowledge and my education earlier than I would have been able to without the program. My students and other professionals I work with are enhanced by my growing knowledge of the population of students identified as severe and profound.”

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Project SPD, Preparing Personnel to Serve Students with Severe/Profound Disabilities, is a Personnel Preparation Grant in UCF’s Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences. The four year project was originally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs in January, 2006. Project SPD II, Special Educator Preparation in Severe or Profound Disabilities, funded January 2009 through December 2012 is designed to extend the work of Project SPD.