Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education

Exceptional Student Education (Special Education) remains a critical-needs area in the United States. Southeastern’s MEd in ESE degree was designed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students in their classrooms or to move to teaching exclusively in ESE. Educators gain practical, research-based knowledge that enables them to effectively minister to God’s special children in the classroom.

The flexibility of learning online allows you to schedule your studies around your life. The MEd program in ESE is ideal for teachers who desire to advance their effectiveness, knowledge, and employability. This degree fulfills the Race to the Top requirements for an autism endorsement and in-field master’s pay.

Total Credits: 36 hours
Program Length: 12 to 18 months; full-time (9 credit hours per semester) or part-time (3–6 credit hours per semester)
Program Delivery: Online
Tuition: $375 per credit hour

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • 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 an official GRE score of at least 300 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing section (scores must be within the last five years); if you took the GRE prior to August, 2011 the combined score must be at least 1,000 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections
  • For non-native English speakers, a current TOEFL score at the mean level or higher
  • An essay on the topic, “Why I want to pursue my master’s degree at Southeastern University”
  • Two references (professional and personal)

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Foundational Courses (15 credits)

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.
EDUC 5313 Foundations of ESE
ESED 5673 Framework for a Successful Inclusive Classroom
ESED 5683 Positive Behavior Support
EDUC 5433 Research Based Practices of Reading and Writing Instruction
EDUC 5113 Educational Research

Core Courses - Summer Intensive (18 credits)

ESED 5613 Assessment of ESE Learners
ESED 5623 Transition Program for Exceptional Adolescents/Young Adults
ESED 5633 Educating Students with High Incidence Disabilities in the General Education Class
ESED 5643 Instructional Strategies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
ESED 5653 Instructional Techniques for Emotional and Behavioral Differences
ESED 5663 Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism

Electives (6 credits)

Choose 2 graduate level (5000+) courses with an EDUC or TESL prefix

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