Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education

Teaching a classroom of exception student education (ESE) students requires unique skills and resources. A master’s degree can increase your effectiveness and ability to serve your students with special needs. Depending on your current career situation, complete the program in as few as six consecutive semesters, or take a slower, more manageable pace.Our Master of Education in ESE builds upon your existing skills to make you a more successful educator in this ever-growing and critical field.

You will learn new strategies and best practices to help you tailor your lesson plans and teaching style to students with disabilities. This 36-credit hour program is offered completely online, allowing you to schedule your studies around your life, and apply your new skills as you learn them.

This degree's contemporary focus on inclusion makes this program appealing to all teachers.

Program Details

Total credit hours — 36

Cost per credit hour — $375
Estimated total tuition cost — $13,500

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

  • Foundations of Exceptional Student Education (EDUC 5313) — 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.
  • 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.
  • Positive Behavior Support (ESED 5683) — 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.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ESED 5663) — This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the area of autism spectrum disorders. There is a particular emphasis on adaptations and modifications to the regular curricular materials, as well as techniques for teaching functional skills.

Foundations of Exceptional Student Education

Research-Based Practices of Reading and Writing

Education Research

Framework for a Successful Inclusive Classroom

Positive Behavior Support

Assessment of ESE Learners


Learning Disabilities/Gifted

Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorder


ESE teacher

Speech pathologist

Behavior specialist

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