Exceptional Student Education (BS)

The Exceptional Student Education undergraduate program was officially relaunched fall 2017. This program prepares students for a rewarding career teaching special populations and embeds preservice teachers in the community from DAY 1.

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English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement

All Exceptional Education Bachelor of Science (BS) students will be ESOL endorsed when they graduate. This is accomplished through an “ESOL Infusion” model. The majority of the classes that you will take as part of your program requirements have ESOL endorsement curriculum embedded in them. You will be required to demonstrate mastery during various field experiences, and by compiling a TESOL notebook.

ESOL Education Program (See Undergraduate Programs - Exceptional Student Education)

Professional Portfolio

The College of Community Innovation and Education uses Via™ by LiveText as an electronic Professional Portfolio. All Exceptional Student Education BS students are required to purchase Via™ by LiveText and to submit portfolio artifacts electronically throughout the course of their degree. The completed portfolio, which will be reviewed by faculty each semester, is a graduation requirement.

Click here to learn how to purchase and create a Via™ by LiveText Account, how to submit assignments to Via, and more.

Internship

All Exceptional Student Education BS students will be required to complete two semesters of internship; EEX 3942 Internship I and EEX 4941 Internship II. For ESE students, the internship experience includes student teaching in both elementary and secondary 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. At the end of both placements, students will be in the schools for a full week, all day, Monday through Friday. Internships are completed in the fall and spring terms only and should be taken at the end of the undergraduate program. Applications are due near the beginning of the semester prior to your internship, not including summer.

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FLORIDA TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMS (FTCE)

FTCE: To register for any of the exams and purchase test preparation guides.

General Knowledge Test (GKT)

The General Knowledge Test is required for admission to the College of Community Innovation and Education.

GKT - The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) offers academic support for all UCF students, online and traditional. Visit their website to inquire about receiving help with the math portion of the GKT in the form of tutoring, workshops, and information regarding a free practice website for all portions of the GKT. You may also call SARC at 407-823-5130.

UCF Continuing Education offers Test Preparation Classes for the GKT and Comprehensive classes for the GKT and Professional together.

All ESE undergraduate students (B.S.) must take and pass both the Professional Exam and the ESE K-12 Exam.

FTCE Professional (To be taken before Internship I)

Before you take the Professional Exam, you should have taken:

  • EDF 4467 Learning Theory and Assessment
  • EDG 4410 Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management

Free FTCE Workshops for the Professional Exam are offered in the College of Community Innovation and Education each semester.

UCF Continuing Education Offers Test Preparation Classes for the Professional Exam.

FTCE ESE K-12 (To be taken before graduation)

Before you take the ESE K-12 Exam, you should have taken:

  • EEX 2010 Introduction to Special Education
  • EEX 3221 Assessment of Exceptional Students
  • EEX 4601 Introduction to Behavior Management

Professional Development Alternatives offers professional development modules that will help you prepare for the ESE K-12 Subject Area Exam.

All 3 of the above exams are graduation requirements. The exam below is not a graduation requirement, but is STRONGLY recommended. It is a state requirement in order to meet the Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements. You may not be able to get a job teaching in the State of Florida if you have not taken another content area exam.

 

FTCE Content Area - Subject Area Exam (in order to be Highly Qualified)

Before you take the Content Area Exam, you should have taken Both methods courses.

Content Area would be ONE of the following:

  1. Elementary Education K-6
  2. Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9
  3. Secondary Area 6-12 (This exam would be for students who are very strong in a particular content area like Math, Science etc. and would like to teach that subject.)

Florida Diagnostic Learning and Resources System (FDLRS) offers professional development modules that will help you prepare for the Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum or the Elementary.

Free FTCE Workshops for the Elementary Exam are offered in the College each semester.

FTCE ESE K-12 (To be taken before graduation)

Before you take the ESE K-12 Exam, you should have taken:

  • EEX 2010 Introduction to Special Education
  • EEX 3221 Assessment of Exceptional Students
  • EEX 4601 Introduction to Behavior Management

Professional Development Alternatives offers professional development modules that will help you prepare for the ESE K-12 Subject Area Exam.