As a student of the exceptional student education (ESE) program, you’ll be guided by expert faculty as you study diverse theories and engage in discussions regarding federal, state and local governances in special education. Plus, you will develop and implement strategies in order to assist students with various learning differences and participate in our annual Transitions Conference. 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.
This program is certified by the Florida Department of Education. Students who pass certification courses will be endorsed in reading, English speakers of other languages and autism spectrum disorders. In this program, you have the option of online, blended or on campus learning. This is the only master's program of its kind in Florida.
What you’ll learn in the exceptional student education program
- Instructional methods for various content areas
- Various methods of classroom behavioral management
- Multiple layers of student needs
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.
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.
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.
Graduates must complete a total of 40 credits.
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:
- A highly qualified classroom teacher in ESE
- Co-teacher/inclusion teacher
- ESE contact at an individual school center
- Resource teacher