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Master of Education in ESE with a Concentration in Educational Therapy

As one of only two schools in the nation to offer this type of program, Southeastern is preparing educators to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities through our MEd in ESE with a concentration in educational therapy. The program was developed by a certified educational therapist with decades of experience in the field and includes courses on learning disabilities, assessment-driven instruction, educational research and more. You can complete your studies in as few as 12 to 18 months or once all three levels of NILD training have been completed. Whether looking to work in a Christian school, public school, clinic or private practice, you will receive the training you need to unlock students’ learning potential and help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Nine credit hours of your course work (three courses total) will be devoted to training through the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), a three-level program built on the belief that the right educational stimulation develops cognitive competency and produces lasting results. The three levels of course work will be completed during the summer (one course each summer for three consecutive summers), with four weeks devoted to online learning and one week spent at our Lakeland, Florida, campus for an intensive session for each course. After completing the trainings, you will have the opportunity to become NILD-certified, meaning you have met rigorous professional standards and are a licensed member, ready to practice NILD Educational Therapy®. Click here to learn more about the National Institute for Learning Development and the NILD Educational Therapy® model.

Students have the opportunity to become NILD-certified, meaning they have met rigorous professional standards and are a licensed member, ready to practice NILD Educational Therapy®.

Program Details

18 hours of concentration courses
18 hours of specialization courses
Total credit hours — 36

Cost per credit hour — $375
Cost per NILD course (three total) — approximately $2,390
Estimated total tuition cost — $20,670

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

  • Learning Disabilities/ADHD (ESED 5633) — This course focuses on students identified as mildly handicapped through learning disability, attention deficit and related mild disabilities. Programming within the regular education setting is emphasized.
  • Teaching How to Learn: Developing Cognitive Competencies Level I (ESED 5703) — 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.
  • Framework for a Successful Inclusive Classroom (ESED 5673) — 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.
  • Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts (EDUC 5033) — 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.

Concentration Courses

Foundations of Exceptional Student Education

Learning Disabilities/ADHD

Teaching How to Learn: Developing Cognitive Competencies Levels I, II and III

Assessment-Driven Instruction for ESE Learners

Specialization Courses

Framework for a Successful Inclusive Classroom

Advanced Foundations in Reading Education

Research-Based Practices of Reading and Writing Instruction

Advanced Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts

Advanced Methods of Teaching Math

Educational Research

 

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