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Exceptional Student Education (K-12) B.S. Degree

  • BS iconExceptional education

    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.

    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
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    Admission requirements

    To be admitted to this 65-credit program, you need:

    • An A.A. degree from a regionally accredited school that meets SPC's general education requirements 
    • To have completed these state-mandated prerequisites 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  

    Degree Path from AA to BS to Industry Certification 


    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.

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  • Careers

    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:

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

    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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  • 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) 712-5876

    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.

    CULTURAL DIVERSITY (6 credits):
    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 1005Introduction to Education3

    AA Degree

    Core Requirements (Complete 25 credits)

    EDF 3214Student Development and Learning Principles K-123
    EDF 4430Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment in Education K-123
    EDG 3410Classroom Management and Communication K-123
    *EEX 3012Nature and Needs of Exceptional Students K-123
    *EEX 4940Internship: Exceptional Student Education12
    *RED 4940Final Reading Internship1

    Major Requirements (Complete 34 credits)

    EDE 4226Integrated English Language Arts, Social Studies and Creative Arts for the Elementary Classroom4
    EDE 4304Integrated Mathematics and Science4
    *EDE 4942Integrated English Language Arts, Social Studies and Creative Arts for the Elementary Classroom Practicum1
    *EDE 4943Integrated Mathematics and Science Practicum1
    EEX 3241Curriculum and Instruction for Exceptional Students3
    EEX 4221Educational Assessment of Exceptional Students3
    *EEX 4261Strategy Instruction and Transitions for Exceptional Students3
    EEX 4604Behavior Management of Exceptional Students3
    *RED 3309Early and Emergent Literacy K-23
    *RED 4511Intermediate Literacy 3-6: Reading, Writing and Thinking3
    *RED 4519Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading for Diverse Students K-123
    *MAE 4114Mathematics Content for the Elementary Grades3

    ESOL Requirements (Complete 6 credits)

    *TSL 3080ESOL Issues: Principles and Practices I P - 123
    *TSL 4081ESOL Issues: Principles & Practices II P-123
    TSL 4939ESOL Capstone

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

    Total Credits125
  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Ann CandelaAdjunct Faculty, BachTSCandela.Ann@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3168
    Jessica CurtisFacultyCLcurtis.jessica@spcollege.edu727-791-5964
    Errol DupouxFaculty,12 MonthSPDupoux.Errol@spcollege.edu(727) 341-4296
    Drew HeuertzAdjunct Faculty, BachSPHeuertz.Drew@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3478
    Robert StubbsAdjunct Faculty, BachTSstubbs.robert@spcollege.edu(727) 712-5890