Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 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 Exceptional Student Education.
  • 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.

New students are welcome to Apply online for Bachelor’s Degree Program Admission.

Current SCF Students

  1. Log into MySCF
  2. Under YOUR MYSCF HUB tab choose “Quick Links
  3. Click on, “Apply for Admission to Baccalaureate Programs
  4. Applicant Type - select BS Exceptional Student Education application and complete the online form.

Once you have submitted the online application you will receive an email confirming receipt through your SCF Student email.  Be sure to check your SCF Student email account throughout the application process

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 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

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

The following general requirements for graduation from SCF must be met by all candidates for the Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees. Additional requirements may exist for individual programs.

1.Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at SCF. All other specific degree requirements also must be met. Developmental education (formerly college preparatory) instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credit hours required for residency purposes or graduation.

2.For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 30 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. Of these, at least 15 credit hours must be taken at SCF.

3.Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4 .0 scale for all work completed at SCF and a 2.0 grade point average or higher for combined coursework with SCF that includes all transferable credits.

4.Students must earn a grade of C or better in all upper division program requirements.

5.Students must complete the general education requirements (36 credit hours) as defined in the Associate in Arts degree. Students who transfer to SCF with either an Associate in Arts degree or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the general education component of the degree. Courses will be reviewed for equivalency for students who transfer without an Associate in Arts or bachelor’s degree.

6.Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students may meet this competency by: A) successful completion of two years (four semesters) of the same foreign language officially documented on a high school transcript; or B) successful completion (grade C or better) of two semesters of the same foreign language at a college or university officially documented on a college/university transcript; or C) education completed outside the United States as documented on an official foreign high school transcript that reflects a primary language other than English; D) or Successful completion of two foreign language equivalents through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), or UEXCEL exams. One or more of these exams can be in combination with successful completion of college/university credit in the same foreign language subject area. Official transcripts from a high school, college and/or university and/or official examination results must be submitted to the educational records office.

7.For students wishing to pursue another bachelor’s degree, the student must complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours beyond the first bachelor’s degree as well as any other degree requirements and graduation requirements listed above for the second program.SCF reserves the right to make changes in the regulations, offerings, requirements and any provisions announced in this Catalog at any time as circumstances require.

SCF reserves the right to make changes in the regulations, offerings, requirements and any provisions announced in this Catalog at any time as circumstances require.

Notification on Professional Licensure

(USDOE Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) and National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity (NC- SARA) : Current and prospective students for certain programs at State College of Florida (SCF) that lead to professional licensure and/or credential are hereby notified that SCF programs fulfill education requirements for specific professional licensure and/or certification required for employment in the intended occupation of the academic program, in the state of Florida. SCF has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements. Since the professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change, current and prospective students are strongly advised to determine whether courses and programs will meet the professional licensure requirements in states where they are located by contacting the appropriate licensing authority.


  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).

(Note the Gordon Rule and Intercultural course requirements do not have to be met for a BachelorDegree Program).

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