Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Exceptional Student Education with ESOL & Reading Endorsement (BEX)

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A. or B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 13.1001

College of Education


Major Description

Certified Global Pathway Program
The undergraduate program is a state-approved program that leads to certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE).

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. Global Pathway programs have significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • EDF X005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (3)

A minimum of 6 semester hours with an international or diversity focus is required. Eligible courses will be determined by the community college or university where the student is currently earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree. Foreign language courses may be used to meet this requirement.

Total Major Hours: 66 Hours

Major Core Courses - 66 Hours

Professional Education Core (27 credit hours):

  • EEX 4942 Practicum in Exceptional Student Education
  • EDP 3271 Child Development within a School Context
  • EDP 3272 Learning within a School Context
  • EDP 4275 Enhancing Children's Learning and Development within a School Context
  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society
  • EDF 4430 Measurement for Teachers
  • FLE 4316 Language Principles and Acquisition
  • FLE 4317 Teaching Students with Limited English Proficiency
  • EEX 4944 Final Internship

Exceptional Student Education Core (39 credit hours):

Students seeking the B.S. degree with certification in Exceptional Student Education are required to take the following courses:

  • EEX 4202 Context and Foundations
  • EEX 4240 Beginning to Teach
  • EEX 4241 Creating Effective Learning Environments
  • EEX 4242 Enhancing Expertise in Teaching and Instructional Decision Making
  • EEX 4244 Becoming a Special Education Teacher
  • EEX 4742 Narrative Perspectives on Exceptionality: Cultural and Ethical Issues
  • LAE 4311 Teaching Print and Multimodal Texts in Elementary Education
  • MAE 4310 Teaching Elementary School (K-6) Mathematics I
  • RED 4312 Emergent Literacy Strategies and Assessments
  • RED 4724 Intermediate Literacy Strategies and Assessments I

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission to this program must meet the following Department of Education's Teacher Educator Certification requirements:​

  1. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA;
  2. Complete all general education and state mandated common prerequisite courses with a C- or higher in each;
  3. Pass all sections of the General Knowledge Test. Information can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/academics/teacher-certification/general-knowledge-test.aspx;
  4. Submit an application to Student Academic Services, EDU 106, 813-974-2979.

Applications can be found at http://www.usf.edu/education/advising/undergraduate/coedu-applications.aspx.

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:

  • 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;
  • A 20-hour early ESOL field experience in FLE 4317;
  • A late ESOL field experience where students plan, implement, and evaluate lessons for one or more ESOL students over a 10 days; and
  • 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.

The special education requirements for the Reading Endorsement through infusion are as follows:

  • Completion of specialized courses with a grade of C or S;
  • Completion of RED 4312, RED 4724, and LAE 4311 with a grade of C;
  • A 60 hour field experience with a grade of S where students demonstrate application of all reading competencies, and
  • A Reading Endorsement binder containing the Demonstration of Accomplishment Documentation Form and supporting artifacts.

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. Students may not register for courses on other campuses without permission. For USF Tampa, students are assigned to cohorts. All courses are taken with the assigned cohort. The program sequence includes four semesters of part-time field experience and one semester of full-time internship. All part-time field experiences must be successfully completed as a member of a cohort concurrently enrolled in linked specified courses in designated local schools. Final internships are assigned only to designated school districts where partnerships exist. 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 field-experience sites. Cohorts are seated in the fall semester of each year.

Major GPA Requirement

Once admitted, students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and earn a 2.5 in all upper-level coursework in the major including Core and Specialization courses.

Major Course Grade Requirement

Students must earn a C- or higher in all upper-level courses in the major.

Major Grade Requirement

Students must complete all required courses with a grade of C or better and successfully complete program key assessments in order to progress to the next semester.

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirement

Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum courses (General Education) will be determined by the Florida College System institution or university where the student currently is earning the Associate in Arts or baccalaureate degree, and will be published in the institution's existing catalog or in the Counseling Manual. (For USF, see "Academic Policies and Procedures - Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum Requirements" section of the catalog.)

Major Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Exit Requirement

  • EDF 3604 Schools and Society (Writing Intensive)
  • EEX 4944 Final Internship (Capstone)

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