Prepare to teach children with disabilities

Our Exceptional Student Education B.S. Degree (ESE) prepares you to teach students in grades K-12 with mild to moderate disabilities.

Students in this program take most classes with elementary education majors and are prepared to teach general curriculum. Five specialized courses give ESE majors the additional tools they need to be successful teaching ESE students. You also earn Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsements through the program and are eligible to take the general education certification as well, making you a valuable job candidate to school systems.

A quality education degree

  • We offer quality school-based experiences every term, supervised by experienced educators.
  • Curriculum is infused with ESOL and Reading , which means graduates are exempt from the 300-hour ESOL Pinellas County training requirement.

Features that fit you

  • Degrees are affordable with scholarship opportunities.
  • Classes are offered face-to-face, online and blended.
  • We offer full and part-time programs.


Our bachelor of science degree in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) prepares you to become a special education teacher. Since 2010, the State Board of Education has designated Exceptional Student Education as a critical shortage area, requiring school districts to factor this into their teacher salary schedules.

SPC graduates can be certified by the state to teach ESE classes and are prepared to pass the Elementary Education K-6 certification test. As a result, the majority of out ESE graduates enter their teaching careers with multiple certifications and endorsements, which gives them a  giving them an edge over candidates with certification in ESE only.

Choosing the ESE degree gives you more options during the length of your career:

  • Flexibility to teach any grade level (K-12) in a variety of settings
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Better preparation for any classroom

Exceptional Student Education B.S. Degree Curriculum

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