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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exceptional Student Education (ESE) [8025]

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Bachelor of Science

(120 Credit Hours)

Program Manager

Dr. Kristina DeWitt

Program Goals

The Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) is a state approved program which combines college coursework related to the content of exceptional student education, the pedagogy of teaching and school-based experiences to prepare candidates in the Exceptional Student Education classroom, grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The program ends in a semester long, 15-week student teaching internship. The SCF Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) graduate is eligible for Florida Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Teacher Certification (K-12), and endorsements in Reading (K12) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL, K-12).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop, plan and implement lessons and units of study that are engaging, meaningful, and are standards-based. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to make instructional decisions, plan and create effective summative and formative assessment, and generate higher order thinking questions.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP) and Professional Education Competencies (PEC).
  • Demonstrate initial preparation standards from Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
  • Demonstrate mastery of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Performance Standards and Subject Area Competencies and skills for ESOL.
  • Demonstrate mastery of Reading Competencies 1-5. • Demonstrate mastery of the Subject Area Competencies (SAC) and skills for teacher certification in Elementary Education K-6.
  • Align additional Uniform Core Curriculum content.

Separate Application

Degrees/programs will require a separate application and acceptance notification from the specific department before enrollment in the desired program.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for entering the B.S. Exceptional Student Education:

  1. Acceptance to State College of Florida as a degree-seeking student with all required admissions documents received by Enrollment Services.
  2. Conferred Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for post-secondary work.
  4. Students must complete the State mandated 36 hours of general education core prior to applying:
  • Communications - 9 hours
  • Mathematics - 6-9 hours
  • Social Sciences - 6-9 hours
  • Humanities - 6-9 hours
  • Natural Sciences - 6-9 hours
  • International/Intercultural requirements - 6 hours; and Gordon Rule courses. Please see the SCF Catalog for General Education requirements for Associate in Arts Degree  

     5. Completion of all lower-division state mandated common prerequisites including education prerequisite EDF 1005-Introduction to the Teaching Profession and EEX 2010 Introduction to Exceptional Learners with a grade of C or better.

Exceptional Student Education Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses: 3 credit hours

  • Required: EDF 1005   - Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3 credits)

General Education Courses: 36 Credit Hours

General education courses from Area I-V.   

Electives from AA Degree: 24 credit hours

Upper Level Core Courses: 60 credit hours


  1. Fingerprinting and a Level-2 criminal background check are required before a student may enroll in Internship courses.
  2. General Knowledge Test: The GKT of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam is an exit requirement. The GKT examination for those students with a master’s degree or higher would be deemed as passed and having met the GKT requirement. However, students without an advanced degree are required to pass the GKT prior to exiting the program.
  3. Completion of all courses above with a minimum grade of “C” and verification of a passing score on GKT, SAE - ESE and Professional Educator Exams are required prior to EEX 4945- Final Internship: Exceptional Student Education.
  4. Final Internship is not offered in summer term.
  5. This degree requires student teaching internship experiences in the State of Florida. Certifications and licensure of graduates would apply only to the requirements of the State of Florida. Any institution approved to participate in SARA that offers courses or programs designated to lead to professional licensure or certification or advertised as leading to licensure must satisfy all federal requirements for disclosure regarding such licensure program (34 § C.F.R. 668.43).

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