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.
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:
- 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 5703 Teaching How to Learn: Developing Cognitive Competencies Level I (through NILD) This course serves to develop a foundational methodology for training students how to learn by strengthening current cognitive systems to greater efficiency. The end result for students in National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) Educational Therapy™ is significantly higher cognitive, academic, perceptual, and emotional functioning. Candidates will explore the usage of psychological and educational assessment, discovering real patterns of cognitive strengths and weakness. Candidates will gain a comprehensive understanding and utilization of the NILD Level I techniques. 3 EDUC 5723 Teaching How to Learn: Developing Cognitive Competencies Level II (through NILD) This course serves to further develop educational therapists' training in accordance with the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) intervention model. This course addresses the development of oral language through the processes of mediation and effective questioning in order to promote higher order thinking skills. The candidates will receive additional instruction in interpretation of initial assessment and annual test reporting, a review of Level I techniques, and instruction in Level II techniques. This course will foster additional skills in the ability to identify cognitive functions. 3 EDUC 5733 Teaching How to Learn: Developing Cognitive Competencies Level III (through NILD) This course will help the participant to expand their ability to incorporate cognitive function development within the National Institute LD Educational Therapy™ techniques, effectively implement mediated learning experiences, and develop language competencies in students. Candidates will continue to explore the usage of psychological and educational assessments, which reveal patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Candidates will gain a comprehensive understanding of Level I and II techniques. 3 ESED 5313 Foundations of Exceptional Student Education 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 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 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 Course Number Course Title Description Credits 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 EDUC 5583 Advanced Foundations in Reading Education This course investigates the historical development and cognitive foundations of reading processes. Students will review and critique reading research and its implications on classroom practices. 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 EDUC 5033 Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts This course addresses critical topics in teaching reading and language arts in the elementary school. Practicing teachers will review current research on reading and language arts instruction and determine ways research can inform and direct instruction and classroom practice. 3 EDUC 5063 Advanced Methods of Teaching Math This course is designed to build teachers' ability to provide high quality, rigorous math education in the elementary school by focusing on the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 3 EDUC 5113 Educational Research Candidates will become analytic consumers of qualitative and quantitative research and learn how to conduct research in educational settings. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$375 per credit hour||$13,500|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
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.
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
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
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.
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