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ESE Credit Requirement

​​​​​​​​​​20-Hours in Teaching SWD (Students with Disabilities)​ Required for Recertification 

Effective July 1, 2014, ALL individuals applying for recertification in Florida are required to earn 20 in-service credits or 1 semester hour in instructing students with disabilities (SWD).  This requirement is included within the 120 in-service credit or six hours of college credit required for recertification.

According to the Florida Legislature in order for a professional learning opportunity to qualify as an ESE credit, the main focus of the professional learning opportunity must be on the instruction of students with disabilities. There are four categories that meet the legislative requirement for ESE credit:

  • ​Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
  • Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities
  • Assessment for Students with Disabilities
  • Curriculum for Students with Disabilities

​What Training Can I Take?

District Training

Search the MyPGS calendar by keyword ESECR to see what is currently advertised. Please note that some courses may be targeted to a particular grade level, classroom type or teacher type so the training might not be the right training for you. Click on the course title in MyPGS to see the details about the course. Our local FDLRS/East office offers courses locally in the Fall and in January. These are facilitated online courses and will be advertised and open for registration in MyPGS.  

The following online, self-paced modules are ALWAYS AVAILABLE. Search MyPGS either by course or by section number.

Course #Section #Course TitlePoints
7269281478ESECR Teaching Students with Disabilities20 ESE Points
7270081493ESECR Effective Teaching Practices for Students w/Disabilities: A Focus on the Content Areas20 ESE Points
7269581488ESECR Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)20 ESE Points
7269781492ESECR Inclusive Practices for the Developmentally Appropriate Pre-K Classroom10 ESE Points


​The FDLRS-PDA organization also offers state-wide online courses. Check the FDLRS-PDA website for details.


BEESS (Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services) - Personnel Development Portal

The Personnel Development Portal though Bureau of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services offers online independent studies. Below is a list of courses that are available for online independent study. Go to: http://pdportal.florida-ese.org/  If it is your first time going into the site you will need to register. After that you can just sign in. All courses are free. Click on a course title and expand the course to view the description, enroll or continue in a course, and to check your status.  Please note that following courses are available for ESECR credit upon submission of your certificate of completion and VCS Professional Learning Implementation and Evaluation Evidence (PLIEE for Conferences) form.   

  • Job Development (for Transition Students w/ Disabilities) – 2 hours
  • Graduation Requirements (for Students w/ Disabilities) – 3 hours
  • DeafEd Express – 6 hours
  • Language Reading Connection (for SLPs) – 5 hours
  • Universal Design for Learning K-12 Lesson Plans – 5 hours
  • Secondary Transition – 12 hours
  • English Language Learners for Therapists – 18 hours
  • Teaching Students w/ Disabilities in the Fine Arts – 20 hours

If you take a course on this website that is not listed above, you may want to check with the Professional Learning & School Improvement office first to see if it will count towards the ESE requirement.​

Professional Development Alternatives (PDA​)

Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) are online courses. The PDA online modules began in 2003, with a partnership be​tween the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and the Bureau of Educator Certification. The modules continue to be funded by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and are coordinated by the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Administration Project and the nineteen FDLRS associate centers, in collaboration with the Florida Center for Interactive Media at Florida State University. Click here for more information on the courses - http://www.fl-pda.org/​

Beacon Educator

Beacon Educator has as on on-demand self-paced module. The cost is $40 and it is titled On Demand: ESE for All Educator (SWD-SB1108)

Many colleges are now offering a 1-semester hour college course (equivalent to 20 in-service credits). 

What If I Earn More Credits Than I Need?

No worries - if you earn more ESE credits than you need to renew your certificate, those extra ESE credits will carry-over so that you can use them for your NEXT certificate renewal!​​

​ATTENTION SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENTS

Designing Professional Learning Opportunities for ESE Credit (Teaching Students with Disabilities)

If you would like to provide a professional learning opportunity that is specific to the instruction of students with disabilities, here's what you need to do BEFORE you hold the training:

  1. Create a new course in MyPGS (Choose any component. IF APPROVED,  we will add the correct ESE component).
  2. Include the number of hours of the training, the general and specific objectives of your training, and your implementation and evaluation expectations.
  3. Create your section - DO NOT ADD participants to the roster at this time.
  4. Email your course number to Alice Partlow.

Your course will be reviewed by the Professional Learning & School Improvement Department and FDLRS.  Once approved by our office you can then add or allow participants at your school to register.

it is important to know that in order to qualify as an ESE credit, the main focus of the professional learning opportunity must be on the instruction of students with disabilities. There are four categories that meet the legislative requirement for ESE credit:

  • Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
  • Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities
  • Assessment for Students with Disabilities​​
  • Curriculum for Students with Disabilities
​If you have questions, contat Alice Partlow​, Professional Learning & School Improvement, x 20550


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