July 1, 2014, ALL individuals applying for
recertification in Florida are required to earn 20 in-service credits or
semester hour in instructing students with disabilities (SWD).
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:
CHAMPS TRAINING - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Effective July 1, 2016, CHAMPS training will no longer be eligible for ESE credit. To be eligible for ESE credit, the main focus of a professional learning opportunity must be on the instruction of students with disabilities. CHAMPS is a classroom management training for all students – the main focus of CHAMPS training is not on students with disabilities. If you have already taken CHAMPS training and received ESE credit for it, please don't worry, we will not take the ESE credits away. This is notice to anyone taking CHAMPS after July 1, 2016 that we will no longer be awarding ESE credit.
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 two
20-hour online, self-paced modules are ALWAYS AVAILABLE:
ESECR: Teaching Students with Disabilities Professional Development ModuleESECR: Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities: A Focus on the Content Areas
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.
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 between 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 has as on on-demand self-paced module. The cost is $40 and it is titled On Demand: ESE for All Educator (SWD-SB1108)
Daytona State University
Daytona State Ed2Go offers a few online continuing education courses for $95 each.
Many colleges are now offering a 1-semester hour college course (equivalent to 20 in-service credits).
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!
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:
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: