BEESS Portal (PLA)

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The BEESS Portal to Professional Learning Alternatives (PLA) offers a variety of online courses for Florida educators that will increase their ability to respond to the needs of students with disabilities. The courses from the PLA site and the Portal site have been combined to create a “one-stop” for professional development related to students with disabilities.

The current schedule of facilitated course offerings in FDOE Region 1 can be found under the "CALENDAR" feature of this website.  For other information, please contact MaKeysa Rhymer, Emerald Coast PLA Coordinator,    

Independent Study

Independent Study courses are available 24-7 on the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) Portal, Scroll to click on INDEPENDENT STUDY and click the "New User/Register Here" link if it is the first time accessing this system. Complete the demographic information requested, and then the listing of courses available will appear.  Please review the "Independent Study Courses on the BEESS Portal to Meet the ESE Requirement" document, in the gray box to the right, to determine which on-demand courses will count toward the requirement for 20 points in methods/strategies for teaching ESE students in every validity period. PLEASE NOTE that not all courses typically offered count for ESE points, and not all typical courses offered are eligible for inservice points.  Review the PDA Portal Catalog document for specific information on course content and point eligibility. 


The state offers a schedule of courses each quarter, also through the site under Facilitated Courses.  If there is an orange banner on the facilitated course site, that means there are current statewide offerings for which you are welcome to register.  If no orange banner is present, it means there are no currently offered courses for which registration is being taken.  Please check back at a later date.  

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