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Elementary & Exceptional Student Education

Dual Certification Program of Elementary and Exceptional Student Education

Our dual certification program prepares you to teach, support, and inspire the world's children. Once you complete your coursework and pass your FTCE exams, you'll be eligible to obtain a Florida Exceptional Student Education certification for teaching in grades K-12 and Elementary Education (K-6) with endorsements in ESOL & Reading.

What You'll Study

The content of Exceptional Student Education courses at Flagler College Tallahassee follows the standards and ethics established and practiced by the Council for Exceptional Children. You'll study professional education, elementary content and methodology, and exceptional student education.

Hybrid Day or Evening Programs

Students may choose from our day or evening programs. Day students will complete the curriculum within five semesters, and evening students will complete the curriculum within six semesters. Courses in Fall 2023 will be a mix of hybrid and online courses.

Practical Experience

Our hands-on approach begins in your first semester. You'll take part in practicum courses with area schools in the public school system, all culminating with a full-time internship your last semester.

Admission Recommendations

To best prepare for the rigors of the teaching profession and the state requirements for licensure, we strongly recommend Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education students complete the following coursework:

  • 6 Hours of Science

    May include Life Science, Physical Science, or Earth Science

  • 6 Hours of Mathematics

    MGF 1106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts (Recommended for the FTCE General Knowledge Exam); College Algebra; or Statistics

  • 3 Hours of Introduction to the Teaching Profession

    Introduction to the Teaching Profession (EDF1005) at Tallahassee Community College

  • 3 Hours of Human Development

    Human Development (DEP2004) OR Child Development (CHD2220) at Tallahassee Community College

  • 3 Hours of American/U.S. History

    3 hours of either American History or U.S. History

Program Details

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You can email our Admissions Department with any questions about applying for this program.

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Learning Resource Center

The LRC is a tutoring center by Flagler students, for Flagler students. Highly-trained peer tutors are available for appointment-based, one-on-one and small group tutoring and are supervised by Lab Coordinators who are experts in their diverse fields. The LRC exists to support students in their coursework, providing dedicated academic assistance and a convenient place to study.

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Course Catalog

Review course descriptions for our Exceptional Student Education Major.

Contact Us

Jennifer Rinnert | Director of Transfer Student Admissions | 904-819-6402