The Department of Exceptional Student Education offers two Bachelor's Degree programs:
Program Overview for Bachelor's Degree in Exceptional Student Education:
Undergraduate ESE students complete a Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree* in Exceptional Student Education, which is designed to prepare students to teach individuals with learning and behavioral disabilities. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for a Florida teaching certificate in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) with an Endorsement in Teaching English as a Second language (TESOL). ESE certification applies to grades K-12. Individuals certified in ESE and who have teaching certification in either elementary, middle grades, or secondary education, are eligible to teach in classrooms for students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional/behavioral disorders, and physical impairments, as well as in general education classes. Courses leading toward the Bachelor's Degree program in ESE are currently offered at the FAU Boca Raton, Davie Campus, and Jupiter, campuses.
* In fulfillment of the University's Foreign Language Requirement, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is awarded contingent upon student's completion of 2 semesters of a foreign language while in college. Students providing evidence of foreign language completion while in high School can work toward a Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.E.).
All applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor's in Exceptional Student Education must meet the University's admission requirements. Additionally, three conditions must be met before you will be accepted into the Department of Exceptional Student Education:
Once these conditions have been met, you will be assigned an advisor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education who will officially develop your Program of Study. At that time you and your advisor will review the courses, discuss field experiences, and develop a projected sequence of courses for you; this process is called being programmed. YOU MUST BE PROGRAMMED PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER OF YOUR JUNIOR YEAR, OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE SPRING SEQUENCE OF ESE COURSES.
Make an appointment with the faculty member who has been assigned as your advisor. You and your advisor will complete a program form that includes the specific courses you will need in order to graduate. After final approval , a copy of the program is given to you, another is kept on file in the ESE department, and another is sent to the Office of Academic and Student Services. This is your contract with the ESE department. In order to graduate, your transcript must show passing grades in all the courses C or above) in ESE and other related methods courses) included on the program.
The undergraduate ESE program is a limited access, single entry point program. That is, students begin the sequence of ESE courses in the fall semester of their junior year and complete the program at the end of the spring semester of their senior year (5 semesters). Accordingly, undergraduate ESE courses are offered once a year. If you do not follow the sequence of ESE courses listed on page 10 of the Undergraduate Handbook, you will fall behind by one year.
Students in this program are required to have an active LiveText account to track mastery of programs skills, competencies and critical assignments, and to meet program and college accreditation requirements. Information regarding obtaining an account is provided on the College of Education website: http://coe.fau.edu/students/livetext.
ESE graduation requirements are consistent with FAU and College of Education standards. Each candidate for graduation must:
CEC International Standards for Preparation/Certification of Special Education Teachers (CEC) State of Florida Certification Standards for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Florida Educators Accomplished Practices (EAP) Florida Subject Area Competencies ESOL (ESOL)
Students completing the B.A. or the B.A.E. in Exceptional Student Education are eligible to apply for a Master's Degree Program in the Department of Exceptional Student Education. Our Department offers a M.Ed. in ESE; students choose one of the following areas of concentration:
The BECE is a joint degree program offered by the Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry (CCEI) and the Department of Exceptional Student Education (ESE).
The Bachelor in Early Care and Education (BECE) degree is designed to prepare teachers
and related personnel for employment in the fields of child care and children's
services, working with young children from birth to age five.
The BECE program is currently offered at the FAU Boca Raton and Davie Campuses.
In addition, a careful review of student transcripts will guide advising decisions for acceptance of previous coursework and selection of additional coursework. These decisions are guided by the Articulation Agreements with community/state colleges for students who completed the Associates of Science (A.S.) degrees in Early Childhood and Associates of Arts (AA) degrees from Community and State Colleges in Florida.
As a joint program of two FAU departments, the BECE is made up of coursework, field experiences, and advisement from both departments. In sum, all students must meet these requirements:
Lower Division Requirements (60 credits)
Completion of Intellectual Foundations Program - General Education Curriculum Requirements or Associate of Arts (AA) Degree from Community and State Colleges in Florida. (Please note: The AS degree can be articulated into these requirements)
BECE Core (21 credits)*
*EEX and EEC courses must be taken in this specific sequence.
COE Core (12 credits)
Open Electives (15 credits)**
**Electives must be selected in consultation with your BECE advisor.
Program Electives (12 credits)**
**Electives must be selected in consultation with your BECE faculty advisor.
BECE graduation requirements are consistent with FAU and College Education standards. Each candidate for graduation must:
The BECE represents the highest professional standards promulgated by:
Students completing the Bachelor's in Early Care and Education are eligible to apply for a Master's Degree Program in the Department of Exceptional Student Education. Our Department offers a M.Ed. in ESE; students choose one of the following areas of concentration: Instructional Practices in ESE; Gifted Education; Early Childhood; Reading; Applied Behavior Analysis; or, Professional Development.