With Southeastern University’s online ESE program, you’ll become prepared to meet the needs of students of varying abilities.

Discover how to effectively educate students with special needs through an innovative and creative online format. You’ll gain unique skills and knowledge to help you empathize with and improve your efficiency in serving students who have a variety of learning challenges. As a result, you’ll be a highly sought-after resource, as the demand for special education teachers is expected to grow approximately 35 percent over the next 10 years.

In this program, you’ll explore how to adapt your lesson plans and teaching style to suit students’ needs. Through our program’s online format, you’ll have the flexibility to fit your studies into your busy schedule. As you learn from our experienced faculty, you’ll be challenged to actively participate in and apply each concept you learn. The degree also fulfills the Race to the Top requirements for an autism endorsement and in-field master’s pay.

The program’s challenging curriculum explores topics such as:

  • Foundations of exceptional student learning
  • Improvements within the field and related educational legislation
  • Learning, attention deficit, intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Historical and current practices of educating those with emotional, behavioral and spectrum disorders
  • Positive behavior support and reinforcement

Additionally, our ESE program teaches instructional methods that promote a positive impact on student achievement so that you can create an inclusive classroom. Discover how to manage and assess individual student or group behavior. Learn how to interpret test scores and make decisions and judgments in regards to individualized educational plans and programs, and explore evidence-based tools used to increase student reading and writing achievement.


Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Courses and Requirements

Our online ESE program includes 36 credits of study. An additional three credits of elective courses are required, and the courses must be graduate level with an EDUC or TESL prefix.

Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s MEd in exceptional student education program must:

  1. Have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited college or university OR
  2. Hold an official GRE score OR
  3. Have three years of teaching experience

Courses required to complete the program.

Earn your degree faster by transferring your credits

How to Apply

When applying to SEU’s ESE program, you will need to complete or submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An essay on the topic “Why I want to pursue my master’s degree at Southeastern University”
  • Two references: one personal and one professional

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $375 per credit hour $13,500
Technology Fee $150 per semester $450
General Student Fee $150 per semester $450
Totals $14,400

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

Financial Aid

At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.

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Career Outcomes

Our online ESE program will open doors for you to discover different career opportunities. Some of the possible career paths you can pursue after graduation include:

  • ESE Teacher
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • ESE Coordinator

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Benefits of Learning Online

By studying online with SEU, you’ll experience the luxury of being able to complete your course work during your own time, wherever you may be.

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