Welcome to ESE!

Kevin McCormick
Director, Exceptional Student Education
Telephone: 561-434-8740
Fax: 561-434-8276

January Parent university registration link

January Parent university link for PDF Flyer

The Department of Exceptional Student Education has established the ESE Solution Center. 

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The Department of Exceptional Student Education has established the ESE Solution Center.  This resource is designed to provide an open line of communication for parents, employees and community members in order  to improve customer service.  The ESE Solution Center entails an email link on the SDPBC ESE website as a forum to address concerns and inquiries to be researched and followed up by District ESE staff.  Data collected from this site will be used to drive professional development and technical assistance needs.  This Solution Center will facilitate a more collaborative district wide effort to find solutions more efficiently and result in increased positive outcomes.

Click the Link below to view the SP & P
ESE Policies and Procedures   (PDF)

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

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)

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

School BPIE Overview Webinar
BPIE Online Assessment

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 Susan Figueroa, at

FAU Academy for Community Inclusion

The FAU Academy for Community Inclusion is a college program for high school graduates who have been diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program allows students to earn certificates in supported employment, supported community access, and supported community living. These certificates are offered in an inclusive college environment on the FAU Jupiter campus. The program allows students to participate in college activities, clubs, organizations, that are available to all FAU students.

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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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Virtual Learning Opportunities Which Meet SB 1108:
20 In-service Points for Instruction of Students with Disabilities

Facilitated Online PDA ModulesPDA Flyer

PDA Catalog


Independent Study Online PDA Modules**

Independent Study Flyer


Local PDA Offerings

Available in eLearning

Teaching Students with Disabilities and Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities:Focusing on the Content Areas

Available in eLearning

Statewide PDA Offerings**October Offerings

Please see registration information on the flyer. Upon course completion, contact Julie Drewes regarding processing In-service points through eLearning.

NEW!Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Inclusive Practices for the Developmentally Appropriate Pre-K Classroom

Available in eLearning

**Palm Beach County School district employees who participate in these independent study PDA modules must also be enrolled in eLearning and complete items in eLearning to have inservice points processed in our district. Inservice points will be processed on a monthly basis.

FDLRS Human Resources

Additional ESE professional development opportunities for meeting the ESE 20 hour requirement can be found in the eLearning Catalog under ESE 1108.