Every Student Needs a Champion

Working with special needs students takes someone special. Someone who knows how to help them reach their full potential. Someone with heart. Someone with compassion. Someone with an edge.

That someone belongs in a program that provides the expertise that will directly guide their careers, and their students, to success. When you get your M.S. in Exceptional Student Education at NSU, everyone wins.

As a Shark, you’ll learn how to empower your students, empowering yourself in the process. You’ll even get the option of concentrating on a specific disability category or a broader combination of courses.

Our graduates have built some of the most rewarding careers out there as special education teachers, school counselors, administrators, college professors and special needs service providers. Now it’s your turn to be an advocate for those who need you most.

Who Should Apply

  • Certified teachers seeking their M.S. in ESE and/or categorical endorsements to current their current certification.
  • Professionals with related experience seeking an M.S. in ESE.

Take the next steps to success. Apply for NSU's M.S. in Exceptional Student Education.

Quick Facts

Tuition
Tuition for the degree program is $995 per credit hour.
Curriculum
NSU’s M.S. in Exceptional Student Education program is 36 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year.

Earning Potential

Special Education Teacher $57,910 Average Salary Per Year

6% Projected Employment Growth

College or University Professor $75,430 Average Salary Per Year

13% Projected Employment Growth

School/Career Counselor $54,560 Average Salary Per Year

8% Projected Employment Growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

M.S. in Education - Exceptional Student Education

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Program Requirements (36 credits)
Credits
EDU 5000
Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program ( EDU 5000 )
CUR 526
Educational Research for Practitioners ( CUR 526 / Credits: 3 )
3
CBD 501
Special Education Law ( CBD 501 / Credits: 3 )
3
CBD 502
Assessment and Diagnosis of Exceptional Learners (alternative to ESE 630 - choose one) ( CBD 502 / Credits: 3 )
3
ESE 630
Educational and Psychological Assessment of Exceptional Students (alternative to CBD 502 - choose one) ( ESE 630 / Credits: 3 )
3
Autism
Credits
EP 650
Assessment, Diagnosis, and Nature of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ( EP 650 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 655
Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Intervention Methods, Strategies, and Application ( EP 655 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 660
Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder ( EP 660 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 665
Language, Communication Development and Augmentative Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders ( EP 665 / Credits: 3 )
3
Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities
Credits
CBD 510
Characteristics and Needs of Students with Developmental Disabilities ( CBD 510 / Credits: 3 )
3
CBD 513
Methods for Teaching Students with Developmental Disabilities ( CBD 513 / Credits: 3 )
3
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Credits
CBD 512
Characteristics and Needs of Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders ( CBD 512 / Credits: 3 )
3
CBD 515
Methods for Teaching Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders ( CBD 515 / Credits: 3 )
3
Gifted
Credits
EDU 550
Nature and Needs of the Gifted ( EDU 550 / Credits: 3 )
3
EDU 551
Educational Procedures for the Gifted ( EDU 551 / Credits: 3 )
3
EDU 555
Seminar for the Guidance of Gifted Children ( EDU 555 / Credits: 3 )
3
EDU 561
Independent Study for Research on Gifted Students ( EDU 561 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 699
Applied Professional Experience in Gifted Education ( EP 699 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 5281
Developing Creativity in Gifted Students ( EP 5281 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 5282
Educating Special Populations of Gifted Students ( EP 5282 / Credits: 3 )
3
Learning Disabilities
Credits
CBD 511
Characteristics and Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities ( CBD 511 / Credits: 3 )
3
CBD 514
Methods for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities ( CBD 514 / Credits: 3 )
3
Prekindergarten Disabilities
Credits
EP 5265
Nature and Needs of Young Children with Disabilities ( EP 5265 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 5270
Assessing the Needs of Young Children with Disabilities ( EP 5270 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 5275
Intervention Strategies and Classroom Behavior Management of Young Children with Disabilities ( EP 5275 / Credits: 3 )
3
EP 5280
Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities and the Community ( EP 5280 / Credits: 3 )
3

*The remaining courses (minimum of 27 credits) may be selected from categorical program options or from the full menu of courses available, including ESE courses offered as part of the certification programs.

For the purposes of planning, disability specific courses are grouped by categorical area.

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