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Program at a Glance

Online Bachelor's
College of Community Innovation and Education
Credit Hours
Tied for #1 Online Bachelor Psychology Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

Prepare to support students with disabilities inside and outside school settings.

Make an impact on your life and the lives of others through a career in special education. A fulfilling and enriching field, exceptional student education involves working with students with disabilities, and our noncertificate learning and language track helps prepare you to pursue an educational career outside of the traditional school setting.

With a shortage of well-qualified professionals, career demand for those seeking to work with students with special education requirements continues to grow both in Florida and across the country. Through UCF Online, you’ll be given the opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain valuable skills that will help open professional opportunities for employment with nonprofits that serve persons with disabilities, as well as nontraditional education agencies that serve students with disabilities. Those interested in teaching can align specialization courses to meet state requirements and apply for certification after graduating.

Our fully online learning and language track in the bachelor of science program is flexible and convenient, and with courses that cover language development and communication disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), child and adolescent development, and ethical and legal concerns, you’ll graduate from the program ready to dive into a rewarding career. And with a practicum that gives you the opportunity to work with a student from your own community, you’ll be provided with real-world experience to take your knowledge from the classroom direct to the students you’ll support. Get started today and learn more about online exceptional student education from UCF Online.

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Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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Course Overview

Theory and Practice of Teaching ESOL Students in Schools

This course focuses on methods of teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), ESOL curriculum and materials, cross-cultural understanding, applied linguistics in second language teaching, and test and evaluation of ESOL.

Explore the study of management techniques based on applied behavioral analysis principles for modifying inappropriate behaviors and maintaining appropriate behaviors of exceptional students.

Examine the spoken and written language development from infancy to adulthood.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Work with students with speech and language development disorders in developing strong communication skills.
  • Build a stronger, more inclusive classroom where students of all abilities thrive.
  • Manage behavior and expectations within a classroom environment.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
  • Early Childhood Special Educator
  • High School Learning Support Teacher
  • High School Special Education Teacher
  • Middle School Special Education Teacher
  • Pre-K Special Education Teacher
  • Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Teacher
  • SED School Teacher
  • Secondary School Special Ed Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher for Adults with Disabilities