Our Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) prepares you to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-12. 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 a Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement through the program and are eligible to take the general education certification as well, making you a valuable job candidate to school systems.
To be admitted to this 65-credit program, you need:
After completing the coursework for this degree including the school-based hours and internship, students will be guided through the steps to apply for your Florida Professional Certificate.
A bachelor's degree in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) prepares you for a career in great demand: 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. Our graduates are 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 ESE graduates enter the workforce with multiple certifications and endorsements, giving them a distinct advantage over candidates with ESE certification only.
Choosing the ESE degree gives you more options during the length of your career:
Employment of special education teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of increasing enrollment and continued demand for special education services.
The median annual wage of special education teachers was $53,220 in May 2010.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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