Exceptional Student/Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading

Public Law 94-142, passed in 1975, and now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as it was most recently reauthorized in 2004, continues to require that general educational services and certain specialized educational services be provided for students with exceptionalities in a free and appropriate public education environment. To that end, teachers shall receive specialized training in order to implement best practices in education for students with exceptionalities.


Program Description

Since 1980, the State of Florida has required a separate set of competencies in exceptional student education (ESE) for teacher certification. In order to satisfy these competencies, the faculty members at the University of West Florida have developed courses in exceptional student education that are required in addition to the core teacher education courses. The ESE courses address specific requirements for exceptional student education as prescribed by IDEA (2004), and provide teacher candidates with the theoretical and empirical knowledge needed to competently provide educational services to students with exceptionalities.

Exceptional Student Educational Studies*

The Exceptional Student Educational Studies program prepares candidates to work in private settings or agencies that do not require graduation from an initial certification program.

*This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement (Washington Student Achievement Council Degree Authorization, February 26, 2013).

For more specific requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Exceptional Student/Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading, B.A. Academic Learning Compact:

Exceptional-Student-Elementary-Ed-ESOL-Reading-ALC (PDF)

"Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Florida. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out–of–state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement" (Washington Student Achievement Council Degree Authorization, February 26, 2013).

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