Welcome to FDLRS / FIN Action Resource Center

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.

FDLRS 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

Center News and Announcements

FAQs

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Professional Development Alternatives (PDA) provide facilitated and independent study online courses that can help teachers receive or renew their teacher certification. To see what courses are available and get course  descriptions go to www.fl-pda.org

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Participants taking professional development through FDLRS/FIN will not be awarded inservice points unless
Student Implementation Data is provided via our website. You will be emailed a certificate after course closing.

Please understand that FDLRS does not process inservice points, nor do we report anything directly to the state.
You will need to work with the certification department in your district.

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As professional learning evolves overtime, there are numerous ways in which teachers can learn and grow including PLCs, lesson study, peer observation, self-study, distance/blended learning and attending face-to-face courses with colleagues in central Florida. Each of these methods of learning contributes to professional growth. As reflective practitioners, educators are accountable 
to ensure personal learning results in a change in practice that increases student achievement.