Exceptional Student Education
Our innovative hands-on approach coupled with our State of Florida approved curricula prepares our graduates to teach and inspire the next generation of leaders. Students completing this program will be eligible for dual certification in the areas of elementary education (K-6) and exceptional student education for children in levels K-12. In addition to these dual certifications, students also receive endorsements in ESOL & Reading.
What You'll Study
Students pursuing the Elementary Education/Exceptional Student Education program will complete coursework in professional education, elementary content and methodology, and exceptional student education. The content of these courses follows the standards and ethics established and practiced by the Council for Exceptional Children.
Our hands-on approach begins in your first semester with practicum placement in area classrooms and culminates with a full-time internship.
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
Including Math I for Liberal Arts AND one course from Math II for Liberal Arts, College Algebra, Statistics, or Business Calculus
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
Day & Evening Programs
Students may choose from either our day or evening programs. Day students will complete the curriculum within five semesters, and our evening students will complete within six semesters.