Florida's Personnel Development Supporting Exceptional Student Education

Endorsements for ESE Teachers


In Florida, according to State Board of Education rules, four endorsement areas are available for exceptional student education (ESE): severe/profound disabilities, orientation and mobility for visually impaired, prekindergarten (PreK) disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. Subject area tests are not available for endorsements. An endorsement can be added to a current teaching certificate by taking approved coursework and applying to the Bureau of Educator Certification. The orientation and mobility endorsement is currently required for teachers of students with visual impairments. Endorsements in the areas of PreK disabilities and autism spectrum disorders will be required by July 1, 2011.

Endorsements for Exceptional Student Educators

Select from one of the following disabilities to view a list of Florida’s public universities offering coursework that can be used towards earning an endorsement in that area.

Click the 'Overview Chart' button to view or print a chart showing Florida's public universities and community colleges offering ESE endorsements.

Map of FloridaThe Virtual ESE Online Program is a collaborative effort among the universities in Florida to provide coursework for ESE endorsements through an online delivery system. Faculty from across the state of Florida offer courses through the Internet. For additional information, visit http://virtualese.florida-ese.org/.

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