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Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education

Program Details

Southeastern University’s Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) is ideal for teachers wishing to specialize in working with children with disabilities.  Students will study new strategies for creating lesson plans and teaching children with a variety of learning abilities and backgrounds.  By earning a specialized degree in ESE, an educator can be prepared for the many challenges in teaching children and young adults with exceptional learning abilities.  

Students in the program will survey learner exceptionalities especially in the K-12 special education setting.  The program presents various techniques and strategies for teaching students with intellectual, emotional, behavioral, and high incidence disabilities as well as those with autism spectrum disorders.  The program will also educate students on how to assess ESE learners including the assessment process, protocols in decision making, placement, and creating appropriate programs and lessons.  Students will explore different ways of engaging children in positive behavior, which includes both group and individual behavior, as well as how to include them in a general education classroom.  Other skills include educational research, reading and writing instruction best practices, and how to transition ESE children and young adults from school to community settings.

Besides refocusing one’s career, this program can be taken as a stepping stone to a doctoral degree, potentially fulfilling the requirements for Race to the Top for the in-field master’s pay and autism endorsement.   The program is offered as a hybrid format meaning some classes are offered online while six classes are in the traditional classroom setting and are offered over the summer.  This format allows for more flexibility for current teachers to maintain their work schedule while completing their degree.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts required
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or completion of three successful years of teaching experience, or satisfactory GRE scores
  • For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher
  • Essay
  • Two references

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges