Discover how to unlock students’ learning potential and help them excel inside and outside the classroom.

Advance your effectiveness, knowledge and employability in NILD Educational Therapy® as you learn how to work with students one-on-one or in group settings. Our online ESE program with a concentration in NILD Educational Therapy® allows you to explore how to assess student learning needs through an individualized, therapeutic approach. Whether you want to work in a private or public school, clinic or private practice, you can help students flourish. SEU is one of very few schools in the nation offering this type of program. Created by a professionally lifetime certified NILD educational therapist with decades of experience, our ESE/Educational Therapy program includes courses on assessment-driven instruction, learning disabilities, inclusion, literacy, math methodology, and educational research.

The program will also provide you with credentials needed to earn your NILD Educational Therapy® certification. There are three NILD hybrid courses for certification (one course each summer for three consecutive summers), which each include four weeks of online instruction and required attendance in a one week intensive of instruction on campus in Lakeland, Florida.

Through our ESE/NILD Educational Therapy program, you will study topics such as:

  • How to promote higher cognitive, academic, perceptual and emotional functioning in students
  • Psychological and educational assessment of students with special needs
  • Oral language skills development
  • Mediated learning experiences
  • Foundations of exceptional student education
  • Historical and current practices of educating those with high incidence/high functioning disabilities (learning disabilities, high functioning ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia)
  • Student assessment and the role it plays in effective teaching
  • Individualized educational plans, programs and lesson planning
  • Qualitative and quantitative research in educational environments

Our ESE/NILD Educational Therapy® program’s challenging curriculum gives you the opportunity to actively participate and apply concepts you learn. Our faculty members are dedicated to your success, and they incorporate their real-world experience into course work. You’ll learn research-based best practices that ensure you will model the most up-to-date methodology in your work.


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

The online ESE program with a concentration in NILD Educational Therapy® consists of 36 credits. Half of the credits are concentration courses, and the other half are specialization courses.  The tuition for the nine credits of NILD training courses will be paid to NILD; it is higher than SEU tuition.

Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s MEd in exceptional student education in educational therapy 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 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 professional and one personal

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $375 per credit hour $13,500
Technology Fee $150 per semester $600
General Student Fee $150 per semester $600
Totals $14,700

Students who wish to complete the three NILD certification hybrid courses must also submit an additional $275 fee per course, as well as a technology fee. The tuition of these courses is paid to NILD directly and is higher than SEU tuition. You can use financial aid to assist in the payment of these courses. Retro-credit is offered for those who have previously taken the NILD training but did not take it for graduate credit. A fee of $275 per course, along with grade documentation, is needed for this type of credit.

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

After graduating from our ESE program, you’ll be prepared to enter a variety of careers within education, such as:

  • Educational Therapist
  • ESE Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Program Director

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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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