Exceptional Student Education

Master of Education

Empower yourself

In the M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education program, you’ll gain the skills needed to effectively develop and implement special education teaching strategies to better serve students with disabilities. As a student of the ESE program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with leaders in the field of exceptional student education and complete an internship. 

Plus, you’ll enhance the skills you developed as an undergraduate and broaden your professional network and career opportunities. After graduation, you can go on to become a special education teacher or pursue a high-level career as a director of exceptional student education.

What you’ll learn in the M.Ed. in Exceptional Student Education program

  • Instructional methods for various content areas
  • Various methods of classroom behavioral management
  • Multiple layers of student needs

Curriculum & requirements

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Career opportunities

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Estimated tuition per credit

iPad-powered learning
iPad-powered learning

Embrace new ideas and experience technologies that make learning more dynamic than you ever imagined.


Learning doesn’t get more innovative than this. 

At Lynn University, we embrace technology by encouraging our students to engage with course content through iPads, and our professors can develop custom course materials. 

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Beyond the classroom

Step outside the classroom and enjoy hands-on learning opportunities and real-world experiences.

Students help out on the Day of Caring.

Learning is more than sitting in a classroom 

Complete one three-week J-Term course and explore innovative ideas, topics and experiential learning. 

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Exceptional student education curriculum

The ESE program provides you with the skills needed to work with students with disabilities for grades K-12. You will study with expert professors who will help you hone the skills you developed as an undergraduate. This master’s ESE program gives you a solid foundation in instruction, classroom management and transition planning. 

Graduates must complete a total of 40 credits in the following categories:

  • 1 orientation seminar credit
  • 36 course credits
  • 3 student teaching or capstone research project credits

Course preview

ESE 503 Speech Language Needs for Students with Disabilities
Gain a general overview of speech-language pathology, including incidence of communicative disorders, normal speech and language development, and disorders. Plus, study principles of assessment of language disorders in preschool, school-age and adolescent populations. Get exposure to the area of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), in topics including, functional dimensions of AAC systems, symbol systems, transmission techniques and intervention strategies.

ESE 510 Literacy for Students with Disabilities
Study the fundamentals of reading theory, instruction and assessment. Learn teaching strategies based on current special education methods and materials. Explore the development and utilization of a broad spectrum of pedagogical methodologies designed to foster reading literacy. Address diagnostic, prescriptive and evaluative techniques appropriate to the child with disabilities.

ESE 530 Technology and Exceptional Students
Learn basic computer knowledge to increase teacher skill and student learning through technology supports. Focus on adaptations and modifications of technology (hardware and software) effective for students with disabilities. Explore the application of email and web resources for instructing students with disabilities.

Master’s in exceptional student education careers

After graduation, you’ll have the opportunity to become a successful special education teacher in a variety of education systems, including:

  • Public schools
  • Charter schools
  • Private schools for students with disabilities
  • State and national CEC conferences

This ESE program also gives you access to incredible career opportunities in high-level positions, such as:

  • Principal/vice principal
  • Director of exceptional student education
  • District administrator
  • Director or supervisor
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