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Special Education

Special Education prepares teachers to work with children who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, mental retardation, and specific learning disabilities. The undergraduate program is a state-approved program that leads to certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE).

Students are required to meet University and College of Education entrance requirements prior to enrollment in the Department. Upon admission, students affiliate with the campus on which they wish to take their program of studies. Field experiences begin during the first semester of a student’s enrollment with increasing involvement throughout the program. Students are responsible for providing transportation to their experience sites.

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.


The College of Education offers a full ESOL Endorsement for all Special Education major graduates. The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are as follows: Successful completion of (1) FLE 4317 and FLE 4316 with a minimum grade of 70% or better on part one and part two of the ESOL Comprehensive Exam administered in the two ESOL courses; (2) a 20-hour early ESOL field experience in FLE 4317; (3) a late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over a series weeks; and (4) an ESOL binder, containing all ESOL-related assignments taken in the College of Education and an ESOL-performance Standards Checklist that documents the completion of the necessary number of standards.

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites): These prerequisites must be met by transfer students as well as USF students. A grade of “C-” is the minimum acceptable grade.

*Only courses with the prefixes MGF, MTG, MAC, and STA will qualify for the courses in mathematics. MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I meets the intent of the program approval rule with respect to the inclusion of geometry in the mathematics requirement.

Professional Education Core (32 credit hours):
The required courses in the professional education core are as follows:

Area of Specialization

Varying Exceptionalities (BPX)

Students seeking the B. S. degree with certification in Varying Exceptionalities are required to take the following courses:

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004