Department of Special Education

The Department of Special Education is in the process of revising and updating its degree programs. Some information here may be outdated, please contact the Department for the most up-to-date information. ESEInfo@FAU.EDU

Academic Programs

Exceptional Student Education (K-12) w/ ESOL Endorsement

Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) (Completely Online)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

* The BECE is a Joint Degree Program Offered by the Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry (CCEI) and the Department of Special Education (ESE).


The Department of Special Education offers programs leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. We also offer programs leading to teaching certification, endorsement, and other types of certification. We offer programs and coursework at four different campuses (Boca Raton, Davie, Jupiter, and Treasure Coast), so you are never far from a convenient location. We also offer courses online

This site gives you the information you need about our degree programs, course offerings, faculty research, and collaborative projects with schools and agencies.

As you review these pages, please keep in mind that our programs are continuously under review by state and national accreditation agencies. If you currently are a student in our program, please stay in close touch with your academic advisor regarding possible changes to our courses or course sequence.

If you are interested in becoming a student at FAU, please review the information here and contact the Department for more information.

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Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Department of Special Education is to provide leadership in our local, state, national and international communities in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Faculty and Department efforts promote research-based practices that reflect changing societal needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals and organizations who work with them. This is accomplished by bringing faculty, students, and members of our various communities together to improve the quality of education for all members of an increasingly diverse, technological, inclusive, and global society.

The Department of Special Education’s mission and degree programs align with FAU’s Strategic Plan for the Race to Excellence. The ESE degree programs connect to the Pillars that “define institutional programs focused on creating knowledge that benefits society.” ESE programs most closely align with the Pillar of Healthy Aging by preparing educators who prepare students and adults across the aging and developmental lifespan. ESE scholarship and grant activities are aligned to the Platforms of Community Engagement; Diversity; Leadership, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, the Department and faculty embrace the Strategic Plan Goals of synergy, place, quality, and strategy. The FAU Strategic Plan for the Race to Excellence is found at:

Reaffirmed by DESE Faculty
November 1, 2019