The undergraduate special education, exceptional student education (ESE) program utilizes a field-centered preparation model leading to approval for State of Florida Certification in Exceptional Student Education with ESOL Endorsement. The special education, exceptional student education (ESE) program recognizes that students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education, that all students are to be educated in the least restrictive yet most enabling environment and are to access the general education curriculum the greatest extent possible. Special educators also provide services to preschool children and adults.
Given this context, the undergraduate ESE program emphasizes the development of the following competencies to be demonstrated in both the University and field settings:
- Identifying and accessing students with exceptionalities.
- Implementing appropriate individual educational plans to meet student needs.
- Delivering appropriate instruction for children with exceptionalities in the least restrictive environment.
- Managing classroom behavior.
- Planning for inclusion and collaboration with parents and other education personnel.
- Working with students with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Diagnostic-prescriptive teaching and management skills are to be demonstrated with students with mild disabilities who range in age from infancy to adulthood, and who represent multicultural, multilingual backgrounds. The Florida Education of Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) competencies are met throughout program coursework.
- Behavioral Specialist
- Special Education Administrator
- Speech and Audio Therapist
- Special Needs teacher
- Teacher for Children with Autism
- Teacher for Children with Learning Disabilities
- Vocational Training Paraprofessional Counselor: Resident, School, Youth