Prepare to teach children with disabilities

Our Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Bachelor of Science Degree prepares you to teach students in grades K-12 with mild to moderate disabilities and take the state certification test for this area.

You take most of your classes with elementary education majors and are prepared to teach general curriculum. You also earn Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsements, making you a valuable job candidate to school systems.

A job in Demand

Since 2010, Florida's 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. 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

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

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Special Education Teachers, Middle School

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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.

Exceptional Student Education (K-12) with Infused ESOL & Reading Endorsements Bachelor of Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2018 (550)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2018 (550), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Kimberly Hartman
(727) 712-5890

Program Summary

This teacher preparation program combines college coursework related to the content of Exceptional Student Education, the pedagogy of teaching and practical, school-based experiences to prepare you for professional certification to teach in an Exceptional Student Education classroom, grades K-12. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education (grades K-12) and will be endorsed in both Reading an ESOL.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

13.1001: Special Education and Teaching, General.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Exceptional Student Education grades K-12 Teacher

Admission Rules

- An A.A. degree (or transcripts showing 60 credits from a regionally accredited school)
- Completion of the state-mandated prerequisite with a grade of C or higher
EDF 1005- Introduction to Education
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale in all college classes
- Passing scores from all sections of Florida's General Knowledge test

Graduation Rules

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for graduation.

Six credits with an international or diversity focus. This requirement may have been satisfied in the first 60 semester hours.

Two years in high school or two semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language.

Completing all program requirements, including ESOL, demonstrating competency in the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) at the pre-professional level, passing all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)
and passing the final internship are conditions of graduation.

Students who have questions concerning catalog year requirements should consult the appropriate SPC College catalog or an academic advisor.

Grade of "C" or better required

EDF 1005 Introduction to Education 3

AA Degree

Core Requirements (Complete 25 credits)

EDF 3214 Student Development and Learning Principles K-12 3
EDF 4430 Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-12 3
EDG 3410 Classroom Management and Communication K-12 3
* EEX 3012 Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-12 3
* EEX 4940 Internship: Exceptional Student Education 12
* RED 4940 Final Reading Internship 1

Major Requirements (Complete 34 credits)

EDE 4226 Integrated English Language Arts, Social Studies and Creative Arts for the Elementary Classroom 4
EDE 4304 Integrated Mathematics and Science 4
* EDE 4942 Integrated English Language Arts, Social Studies and Creative Arts for the Elementary Classroom Practicum 1
* EDE 4943 Integrated Mathematics and Science Practicum 1
EEX 3241 Curriculum and Instruction for Exceptional Students 3
EEX 4221 Educational Assessment of Exceptional Students 3
* EEX 4261 Strategy Instruction and Transitions for Exceptional Students 3
EEX 4604 Behavior Management of Exceptional Students 3
* RED 3309 Early and Emergent Literacy K-2 3
* RED 4511 Intermediate Literacy 3-6: Reading, Writing and Thinking 3
* RED 4519 Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading for Diverse Students K-12 3
* MAE 4114 Mathematics Content for the Elementary Grades 3

ESOL Requirements (Complete 6 credits)

* TSL 3080 ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 12 3
* TSL 4081 ESOL Issues: Principles & Practices II P-12 3
TSL 4939 ESOL Capstone

* School-based hours total 233 clinical hours plus a 15-week internship in Exceptional Student Education and Reading.

Total Credits 125


SPC's Education A.A. transfer plan transfers to our Exceptional Student Education Bachelor of Science Degree.

Preparing you for teacher certification

SPC graduates who earn the Exceptional Student Education B.S. Degree can start the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate. These 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 an edge over candidates with certification in ESE only.

exceptional student education BS degree

Admission to the Elementary Education B.S. Degree

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