|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Specialization:||Exceptional Student Education Certification|
|Minor:||Exceptional Student Education|
|Department:||Building 85, Room 196|
|College:||College Professional Studies|
|Semester Hours Required For Degree: 132|
The B.A. degree program in Exceptional Student Education is designed to prepare students who plan to teach children and youth with exceptionalities. Many aspects of the program provide the student with opportunities to work with exceptional children. The Exceptional Student and Elementary Certification Specialization is a Florida Department of Education (FDOE) approved specialization that leads directly to FDOE certification in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6) with ESOL and Reading Endorsements. Graduates of the Exceptional Student and Elementary Education Certification Specialization will be certified as “highly qualified” based upon the No Child Left Behind Act. Students must successfully complete the Florida Teacher Certification Exam in Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education, General Knowledge, and Professional Education.
All students in this major are initially assigned to an Exceptional Student Education/Elementary Education pending major until they complete the requirements listed in Admission to Teacher Education.
Students interested in teaching at the middle or secondary level (other than exceptional student education) will complete their baccalaureate degrees in the discipline and are encouraged to review the Teacher Education Programs section of this catalog for additional information. Prospective middle and secondary education teachers will complete Florida certification requirements through alternative certification.
Responsibility for the teacher education programs at The University rests with the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, who is the head of the Professional Education Unit.
Requirements for teacher education programs may change due to legislative mandates. Therefore, the actual program requirements may differ from those listed in the catalog. Candidates must inquire with the Chair or an advisor in the Department of Teacher Education and Education Leadership (TEEL) to obtain the most current program requirements. Students seeking initial certification must be degree-seeking.
Fingerprinting is required for any placement in a school (including the field experience associated with EDF 1005). The Student Affidavit and Fingerprinting Application are required before any student can be placed in a school for Field Experiences or Student Teaching. Forms are available from the local school districts.
Students entering UWF or declaring a major in Teacher Education will automatically be placed in a pending status until they meet the requirements for admission to teacher education. This pending status allows the unit to carefully monitor student progress though teacher education programs. Careful monitoring will ensure that knowledge, skills and/or dispositional deficits of pre-service teachers can be identified in a timely manner so that students can be provided additional support through the Culture of Achievement through a System of Tiered support (CAST) process.
Students must successfully complete the following requirements:
Those who do not complete these requirements in that period may be denied further registration, and an enrollment hold may be placed preventing any future enrollment in education courses.
Prospective teachers are expected to adhere to the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and national standards of conduct associated with professional, accreditation, and state agencies. Teacher candidates who are struggling to meet content and/or disposition standards and/or competencies may be referred to the CAST process. Any student who is referred to the CAST process and does not successfully complete the support/intervention process may be denied continued enrollment in any professional education program.
All approvals for admission to teacher candidacy are provisional and subject to reevaluation as students progress through the program. Students denied admission or removed from the program may appeal the decision to the Dean, College of Education Professional Studies.
Readmission into a teacher education program requires the student to meet standards for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the University. Readmitted students will be required to complete the degree plan in effect at the time of readmission and to meet the requirements for admission to teacher education in effect at the time of readmission.
Course work completed prior to readmission will be reviewed for compliance with current CAEP, FDOE, and University requirements. Students will be required to retake courses not in compliance with these requirements.
The student teaching program, administered through the Department of Teacher Education and Education Leadership, consists of one semester of student teaching or two semesters of internship supervised by a highly qualified teacher who has completed Clinical Educator Training. The student teaching/internship experience is scheduled during the student’s senior year.
Requirements for admission to student teaching/internship include the following:
During the time a student is engaged in student teaching, any outside employment or additional academic work except senior seminar must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Education Leadership
In compliance with the Higher Education Act, annual reports about teacher preparation in the state are available online.Select the appropriate year from the left column of the webpage and then click on Florida.
Candidates for admission to the CAEP/DOE approved teacher education specialization must meet and complete admission requirements detailed above. In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Exceptional Student Education/Elementary Education must meet the following requirements.
In addition to the general studies requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Studies curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "Graduation and General Degree Requirements" section of this catalog.
General Studies Curriculum:
|Total Semester Hours:||36-37|
State mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.
|EDF 1005||Introduction to Education||3|
|EDF 2085||Teaching Diverse Populations||3|
|EME 2040||Introduction to Educational Technology||3|
In addition to EDF 2085 Teaching Diverse Populations, a minimum of 6sh with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the Florida public college or university where the student is currently earning the A.A. or B.S. foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement. Any course identified as meeting UWF’s Multicultural Requirement will fulfill this 6 sh requirement.
|Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.||15|
The Exceptional Student Certification Specialization is a Florida DOE approved specialization that leads directly to certification in Exceptional Student Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6) with ESOL and Reading Endorsements and is part of the CAEP accredited Professional Education Unit. Graduates of the Exceptional Student Certification Specialization will be certified as “highly qualified” based upon the No Child Left Behind Act. Students must successfully complete the Florida Teacher Certification Exam in Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education, General Knowledge, and Professional Education.
|EDF 3234||Applied Foundations of Education||3|
|EDG 4373||Elementary and Special Education Integrated Arts||3|
|EEX 3070||Methods in Inclusion and Collaboration||3|
|EEX 4141||Survey of Normal and Abnormal Language and Speech Development||3|
|EEX 4221C||Evaluation and Prescriptive Instruction for the Exceptional Child||3|
|EEX 4254||Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students with Exceptionalities||3|
|EEX 4255||Curriculum for Teaching Students with Exceptionalities||3|
|EEX 4261||Educational Management of Exceptional Children||3|
|EEX 4474||Curricula for Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities||3|
|EEX 4772||Personal, Social and Employment Skills for Exceptional Students||3|
|EEX 4832||Field Experience I||3|
|EEX 4833||Field Experience 2||3|
|LAE 3314||Literacy for the Emergent Learner||3|
|MAE 4310||Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School||3|
|RED 3310||Literacy Instruction for the Intermediate Learner||3|
|RED 4542C||Assessment and Differentiated Instruction in Reading||3|
|SCE 4310||Teaching Science in the Elementary School||3|
|SSE 4113||Social Studies for Elementary Teachers||3|
|TSL 4080||ESOL Principles and Practices||3|
|TSL 4081||Empowering Teachers to Teach English to ESOL Students||3|
|Student Teaching (choose one of the following options):||12|
|Teaching Internship I|
|Teaching Internship II|
The Minor in Exceptional Student Education consists of 15 sh of special education courses. This minor is not available to Special Education majors.
|EEX 4261||Educational Management of Exceptional Children||3|
|Advisor Approved Elective||9|
|3000/4000 level related course approved by advisor||3|