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Welcome to FDLRS NEFEC. Serving counties across our region.
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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

ESE Tuition Support for Educators

Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Student Education

The ESE Endorsement Tuition Support Program provides financial assistance to ESE teachers who are teaching students identified as having ASD or PreK/ESE in Florida public schools.  The ESE Endorsement Tuition Support Program provides up to $1000 tuition support for each course that leads to the desired endorsement.  Support for textbooks, student fees, or any tuition that exceeds $1000 per course is not provided.  Additionally, there is no retroactive reimbursement for this program.  Your tuition support starts the semester you are accepted.

In order to be accepted into this program, the applicant must:

  • have a Florida Educator Certificate in Exceptional Student Education, 
  • be currently employed in a Florida public school, and;
  • teach students identified as ASD or PreK/ESE. 

Upon completion of coursework, program recipients must agree to:

  • teach students identified as ASD or PreK/ESE in a Florida public school for a minimum of one year for every six hours of tuition support received, and;
  • add the appropriate endorsement to their professional certificate. 

For more information or an application, contact Melanie Morales, Project Director, by email at esesupport@fiu.edu

In-Field Content Certification Support for Educators

Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Student Education

The purpose of the In-field Content Certification Support Program is to provide financial assistance to exceptional student education (ESE) teachers who are teaching students using Access Points – Alternate Academic Achievement Standards (AP-AAAS) in a Florida, public school so that the teachers meet in-field content certification requirements. This program will provide financial assistance, up to $225, for eligible teachers to take the Elementary Education K-6 Certification Exam and add that subject area to their educator certificate. This program is available through annual funding from the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Student Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B.  

To be accepted into this program, the applicant must:  

  • have a Florida Educator Certificate in Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
  • be currently employed in a Florida public school  
  • be teaching students using Access Points – Alternate Academic Achievement Standards (AP-AAAS)
  • need to add Elementary Education K-6 certification to meet in-field requirements 

For more information or an application, contact Melanie Morales, Project Director, by email at esesupport@fiu.edu

Special Ed Connection

Is your child receiving special education services? The Florida Department of Education is proud to provide access to Special Ed Connection ® at no cost to families of individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in special education programs. To request access to this valuable resource, please click here.

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FDLRS NEFEC staff are happy to announce that we will be providing assistance virtually for any parent, teacher, caregiver, or school staff. You can contact Jessica Callaghan to set up your appointment. 

Parent Webinar Home Activities

Are you a parent of a student with significant cognitive disabilities and need some ideas on how to work with them at home? If so, this video will be a lifesaver. Tune in to get some ideas on how to address reading, math, gross motor, fine motor and life skills using things that you already have and doing things that you already do.

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Statement of Purpose

The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. Service centers include Associate Centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology. In addition, the FDLRS Network also includes Multi-disciplinary Centers who focus on in-depth evaluations and several statewide projects offering specialized services.