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.
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:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited college or university OR
- Hold an official GRE score OR
- Have three years of teaching experience
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 5113 Educational Research Candidates will become analytic consumers of qualitative and quantitative research and learn how to conduct research in educational settings. 3 ESED 5313 Foundations of ESE This course is a survey of learner exceptionalities, with particular emphasis on educational legislation and the field of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in the K-12 setting. This course focuses on the foundations of special education and exposes students to the continuous improvement of the field. 3 EDUC 5433 Research-Based Practices of Reading and Writing Instruction This course focuses on evidence-based methods of teaching K-12 literacy instruction that will assist teachers in broadening their repertoire of strategies designed to increase student reading and writing achievement in both literacy and content areas. This course will provide the participant with techniques for implementing a delivery system in the classroom that includes direct and explicit instruction of comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and word study skills through the scaffolding of strategies. 3 ESED 5603 Assessment Driven Instruction for ESE Learners This course is designed to provide knowledge regarding assessment procedures, the assessment process (including pre-referral and referral), and protocols utilized in making decisions and judgments regarding individualized educational plans, placements, programs, and lesson planning for students in exceptional education. This introductory course assists students in basic knowledge regarding formal and informal assessment and in the interpretation of test scores to drive instruction. 3 ESED 5623 Transition This course emphasizes planning and programming for the transition of the adolescent with disabilities from school to the adult community. The course will include study of characteristics, programs, assessment techniques, and strategies essential to meeting the needs of adolescents and adults in transition. 3 ESED 5633 Learning Disabilities/ADHD This course focuses on students identified as having a learning disability or attention deficit disorder. Programming within the regular education setting is emphasized. 3 ESED 5643 Intellectual Disabilities/Gifted This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the areas of intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and gifted. There is a particular emphasis on adaptations and differentiation to the regular curricular materials. Strategies for teaching functional skills will be examined. 3 ESED 5653 Emotional/Behavioral Disorders This course is designed to provide students with an overview of historical and theoretical perspectives on educating students with emotional and behavioral differences. Students will examine to acquire knowledge regarding referral processes, assessment procedures and protocols utilized in making decisions and judgments regarding individualized educational plans. The course overviews current practices and service delivery systems for student with emotional disabilities and/or behavioral disorders. 3 ESED 5663 Autism and Spectrum Related Disorders This course is designed to increase students' understanding of Autism and Spectrum Related Disorders. The course explores the definition and classification criteria for Autism and Spectrum Related Disorders. Students will examine strategies that foster the academic, social and behavioral development of students with Autism and Spectrum Related Disorders. In addition, students will explore collaboration with stakeholders for students with Autism and Spectrum Related Disorders. Strategies for differentiating the instruction of students with Autism and Spectrum Related Disorders is emphasized. 3 ESED 5673 Framework for a Successful Inclusive Classroom This course focuses on assisting candidates in defining, planning, implementing, analyzing, and evaluating the K-12 curricula based on a framework for designing lessons. The course also examines instructional strategies that have a positive impact on student achievement and school-wide policies and procedures that support learning for all. 3 ESED 5683 Positive Behavior Support This course focuses on the management of behavior in the exceptional student classroom. Overall classroom design and planning, group and individual behavior assessment, and individual behavior management are covered. 3
Any graduate-level (5000-plus) courses in EDUC or TESL.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$375 per credit hour||$13,500|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$450|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$450|
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.
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.Learn More
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
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
Benefits of Learning Online
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