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Exceptional Student Education

Dual Program of Elementary and Exceptional Student Education

Our dual 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 2021 will be a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid 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 Requirements

In order to best prepare for the rigors of the teaching profession and the state requirements for licensure, Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education students must have completed 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 Children & Adolescent Development in the Education Setting OR

    Introduction to the Teaching Profession (EDF1005) at Tallahassee Community College
    AND Human Development (DEP2004) OR Child Development (CHD2220) at Tallahassee Community College

  • Recommended - 3 Hours of American/U.S. History

    3 hours of either American History or U.S. History are recommended, but not required

What's Next?


Flagler has prepared me to be the best teacher that I can be. Kristen Stephens, Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education, 2018
Flagler has prepared me to be the best teacher that I can be. Kristen Stephens, Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education, 2018

Program Details

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Contact Admissions

Jennifer Rinnert | Director of Transfer Student Admissions | 904.819.6402