2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog 
    Jun 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog

Exceptional Student Education Concentration


The Exceptional Student Education concentration is for those who wish to increase their knowledge base in the area of special education. It has been designed to provide the knowledge base needed for general educators who wish to expand their areas of certification. Coursework is offered through a blended format with expectations for assignments to be completed in K-12 schools. Most of the courses in the program require fieldwork. If you are not currently teaching in a K-12 setting, you are encouraged to volunteer once a week in a classroom.

Exceptional Student Education Concentration Courses

Track A:

This is a Florida state approved program for those students who wish to become a teacher or who are already a teacher leading to certification eligibility in the State of Florida in Exceptional Student Education (K12) with Reading and ESOL endorsements.  This track is for those students who want to increase their knowledge in the area of special education.  A practicum is required and an internship may be required if a teaching certificate is not already held.

Students must have taken and passed all sections of the General Knowledge Test (GK) prior to enrolling.

Total Credit Hours: 30


Passing scores on the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FCTE): Professional Education, General Knowledge, and the ESE (K-12) Subject Area Exam are required.

*16-week course

Track B:

This program is for those students who are already a teacher with a Professional teaching certificate and who want to increase their knowledge in the area of special education and seeking certification eligibility in Exceptional Student Education (K12).  A practicum and fieldwork is required in many courses and can be completed through a teacher's current teaching assignment.  Candidates must take and pass the required ESE certification test for their specific state in order to be eligible for degree conferral.