The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Bachelor of Science program provides students with a community-embedded teacher preparation program that prepares them in Exceptional Education K-12 as well as ESOL and Reading. This program is appropriate for students interested in employment in K-12 settings and teaching students with disabilities. ESE majors participate as a cohort. Students must be available during the school day to work in partnering schools. Upon completion of the program, graduates apply to the Florida Department of Education to obtain ESE Professional Educator Certification with ESOL and Reading Endorsements.
Exceptional Education is a critical shortage area and students may be eligible for funding under the TEACH grant. Teaching residencies are available for those wishing to be employed as a teaching assistant during their senior year.
This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please view the licensure disclosure for this program.
Learning and Language Track
The School of Teacher Education also offers a Learning and Language track for students who want to enhance their knowledge of exceptional students with an emphasis on language and communication. This track prepares students for future employment in a broad spectrum of professional opportunities including nonprofit organizations and non-traditional educational agencies that serve students with disabilities. The Language and Learning track does not lead to Florida Department of Education ESE teacher certification, ESOL or Reading Endorsement.
All Exceptional Student Education BS students are required to complete two internships:
- EEX 3942-Internship I (Fall semester): The internship I experience includes student teaching in both elementary and exceptional student education settings under the direction of certified exceptional student education teachers. Half of the semester will be in an elementary placement and the other half will be in a secondary placement. Interns are in the schools all day Monday and Tuesday during Internship I.
- EEX 4941 Internship II (Spring semester): During Internship II, students will be in the schools for a full week, all day, Monday through Friday.
Visit the Office of Clinical and Field Experiences for additional information about internships.