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What Can You Do With A Major In Exceptional Student Education?   

Exceptional Student Educators help students learn and apply concepts in a variety of subjects. They work with individuals with disabilities and make plans according to the needs of each individual learner.  Teachers work in public or private schools. They work with students who vary by age, sex, ethnicity, ethical, and religious backgrounds.  An Exceptional Student Educator is also responsible for creating lessons and assessments for students, listening to oral presentations, and maintaining classroom discipline.  They collaborate with other professionals to increase student success; use multiple sources of information to understand students’ strengths and needs, and systematically design instruction toward specific learning goals. A major focus is to not only work with students to be successful in the classroom setting, but to also prepare them to be successful after graduation.


Typical Job Titles

Exceptional Student Education Teacher   Resource Room Teacher
Special Education Teacher   Transition Specialist
Behavioral Specialist    


Typical Employers/Work Settings

  •  Public Schools
  •  Private Institutions
  •  Hospitals
  •  Day care centers
  •  Residential facilities
  •  Community Agencies   

Match This Major To Careers

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Skills Needed For This Career 

Oral Communication Skills   Organizational Skills
Creativity   Motivational Skills
Listening Skills   Mathematical Skills
Persuasive skills   Written communication skills
Interpersonal skills   Language Skills


Beginning Salary Range

The average salary in the state of Florida is $50,290 with a bachelor's degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The starting salary in Duval County is $39,500, based on information from the Duval County Public Schools 2017-2018 Salary Handbook.

Salary Resources

Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases 

Council for Exceptional Children: Largest international professional organization dedicated to improving education outcomes for students with exceptionalities

Internet Special Education Resources  

The Arc: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes

North East Florida Educational Consortium  


Job Search Information

The Arc  

Special Education Guide

Local School District websites: Duval County, St. Johns County, Clay County

Florida Department of Education

Hope Haven

Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC)

Graduate School

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Programs

The Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education  at the University of North Florida.

Career Action Plan

  • Shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Participate in on-campus activities (SCEC, Best Buddies, OCT, THRIVE)
  • Look to do a practicum in your freshman or sophomore year to gain experience in this field
  • Volunteer or do part-time work at the Disability Resource Center, with the On Campus Transition Program or THRIVE
  • Take a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employers