The Department of Exceptional Student Education

Welcome to ESE!


Kevin McCormick
Director, Exceptional Student Education
 Telephone: 561-434-8626
Fax: 561-434-8276


Blue Graduation HatLearn more about the new graduation requirements for students with disabilities. 

This presentation will provide parents knowledge about the credit requirements and the procedure for deferring graduation 



To view a brief presentation about the School BPIE, click the following link:

School BPIE Overview Webinar

BPIE Online Assessment

School BPIE Assessment Rating Chart



For more information about the School BPIE and how you can be involved in supporting inclusive practices at your school site, please visit the Florida Inclusion Network and explore all the available resources.


If you have any questions or need further support, please contact Dr. Fartun Mohamud, SDPBC Inclusion Specialist, at

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Did You Know?

The School District of Palm Beach County serves approximately 37,058 Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students which include 9,279 gifted students. Eligible ESE students are provided services from birth through age 22. ESE services are available at all public school sites throughout the district.


The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing exceptional students a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with federal, state, and local mandates. In keeping with this philosophy, the School District:


    • Provides every exceptional student with an appropriate individualized education program (IEP)
    • Offers exceptional students services that are available to every other student
    • Provides placement alternatives that enable students to be educated in the least restrictive environment.
    • Encourages the participation of parents in the educational process
    • Ensures the right to due process and equal protection under the law

In Florida, students may be determined eligible for the following programs: 


    • Intellectual Disabilities (InD)
    • Speech Impaired (SI)
    • Language Impaired (LI)
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
    • Visually Impaired (VI)
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD)
    • Specific Learning Disabled (SLD)
    • Gifted (GIFT)
    • Hospital/Homebound (HH)
    • Dual Sensory Impaired (DSI)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Developmental Delay (DD)
    • Established Condition (EC)
    • Physically Impaired (PI)

              • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

              • Other Health Impaired (OHI)

              • Orthopedically Impaired (OI)

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The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requires all teachers be highly qualified. ESE teachers must have core content area verification in addition to having ESE certification to become highly qualified. Contact Ernesto Lontoc at 434-8799 for further information or visit this web link:


pie chart of ESE Students as of April 2014


Link to SP & P

ESE Policies and Procedures



Senate Bill 1108: Information on Renewal Credit in Teaching Students with Disabilites

The following information will be periodically updated to include all pertinent information regarding the new requirements adopted to the Educator Certification Rule, Rule 6A-4.0051, Florida Administrative Code, Renewal and Reinstatement of a Professional Certificate that requires any applicant for renewal or reinstatement of a Florida professional certificate must earn at least (1) semester hour of college credit or the equivalent of 20 in-service points of training in the instruction of students with disabilities (SWD).

Specific in-service course information will be available through the District's professional development course registration in order assist those impacted by this newly adopted legislation satisfy the requirements. A list of courses will be uploaded to this site by the ESE Department in the near future.

Bulletin and TAP will provide answers to many questions concerning new information on renewal of teaching certificate

School District Bulletin with a link to the TAP  (.pdf)

Memo from DOE

FDOE Memo Renewal of Credit in Teaching SWDs dps 2014_12  (.pdf)

Information on implementation of Senate Bill 1108

SB1108 Implementation Memo dps 2013_105  (.pdf)


Virtual Learning Opportunities Which Meet SB 1108:

20 In-service Points for Instruction of Students with Disabilities


PDA Online Modules!  

Available in eLearning

PDA Fall Online Offerings 2015

FDLRS Alpha PDA Online Offerings 2016

PDA Catalog

Teaching Students with Disabilities Q & A

FAQs for the new PDA Independent Study Module

FDLRS Human Resources

Additional ESE professional development opportunities for meeting

ESE 20 hour requirement contact person is listed in the document

Coming soon for FY 16