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Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education Online

Learn the appropriate instructional strategies and techniques to address the needs of students with exceptionalities in this online program.

08/09/21 Next Application Due Date
08/23/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

What Our Online Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education Offers You

$15,084 Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
36 Credits

The 100 percent online Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education program is designed for working professionals—with or without teaching experience—who want to work with K-12 children and youth with mild disabilities, both academic and behavioral, inside or outside of public schools.

In the accelerated online exceptional student education program, you will learn how to identify language development and communication deficits, study appropriate curriculum designs based on federal laws, appropriation, and staffing, and explore individualized education programs. You will also analyze the various forms of classroom organization, behavior management, and communication skills appropriate for managing the spectrum of students with exceptionalities.

Taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach on campus, the online MS ESE curriculum can be completed in as few as 18 months. The program is closely aligned with the Florida Exceptional Student Education Competencies and Skills.

Plus, as a student in the MS in Exceptional Student Education program, you may be eligible for the TEACH Grant.*

SACS-COC Accredited

Barry University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Barry University.

This online program includes the following competency areas:

  • Knowledge of foundations of exceptional student education
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation
  • Knowledge of instructional practices in exceptional student education
  • Knowledge of the positive behavioral support process
  • Knowledge of multiple literacies and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the transition process

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Barry University offers a variety of master’s in education programs. Check out all of our education degree programs.

Tuition

Find Out How and When to Pay Your Tuition

The Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education online program is affordable and priced with the working student in mind—plus, you can pay as you go. Financial aid may be available for students who qualify. All fees except the application fee are included in the total tuition cost.

$419 Per Credit
$15,084 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Per 3-Credit Course Per Program
Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education $419 $1,257 $15,084

Calendar

Dates You Need to Know

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education online students, the Adrian Dominican School of Education offers six start dates.

Now Enrolling:

08/09/21 Next Application Due Date
08/23/21 Next Class Start Date

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Please refer to the full academic calendar for more details, including refund policies and dates.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline * Last Class Day
Summer B July 6, 2021 June 21, 2021 June 28, 2021 June 28, 2021 June 30, 2021 August 21, 2021
Fall A August 23, 2021 August 9, 2021 August 16, 2021 August 16, 2021 August 18, 2021 October 9, 2021
Fall B October 18, 2021 October 4, 2021 October 11, 2021 October 11, 2021 October 13, 2021 December 4, 2021
Spring A January 10, 2022 December 27, 2021 January 1, 2022 January 3, 2022 January 5, 2022 February 26, 2022
Spring B March 7, 2022 February 21, 2022 February 26, 2022 February 28, 2022 March 2, 2022 April 23, 2022
Summer A'22 May 2, 2022 April 18, 2022 April 23, 2022 April 25, 2022 April 27, 2022 June 18, 2022
Summer B'22 June 27, 2022 June 13, 2022 June 18, 2022 June 20, 2022 June 22, 2022 August 13, 2022
Fall A'22 August 22, 2022 August 8, 2022 August 13, 2022 August 15, 2022 August 17, 2022 October 8, 2022
Fall B'22 October 17, 2022 October 3, 2022 October 8, 2022 October 10, 2022 October 12, 2022 December 2, 2022

*Payment must be received in full by the stated deadline regardless of financial aid arrangements. Failure to pay, or a balance on the account, will result in the student being dropped from courses, regardless of when the student registered. Students who do not register prior to the registration deadline must wait for the following term.

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Admissions

Prerequisites for the Exceptional Student Education Online Program

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree at Barry University. Although no teaching experience is required, the Adrian Dominican School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education online program.

Bachelor’s degree From a regionally accredited institution
No teaching certificate required
No GRE/MAT required
Professional resume with current professional references Or two letters of recommendation

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • No teaching experience required
  • No GRE/MAT required
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants whose cumulative GPA is under 3.0 may be provisionally admitted to the program. To be fully admitted to the program, the student must attain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 by the end of the provisional period determined by the program director.*
  • Professional resume with current professional references OR two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose essay integrated into the online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be mailed directly from the institution(s) to Barry at this address:

    Mail to:

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Barry University
    11300 NE 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33161

    OR

    Electronic:

    • By email, sent directly from the institution to [email protected]
    • SPEEDE (also known as EDI Service)
    • Parchment Exchange
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • eScrip-Safe
    • JST System (military)

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*Those applicants whose cumulative GPA scores are less than 2.5 will only be admitted to the program under special circumstances and as recommended by the program director.

Courses

The Degree Plan for Our MS in Exceptional Student Education Online

Courses for the Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education online program are aligned with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) special education teacher licensure and classification. Coursework for the Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education online program is accelerated, offering seven-week terms for a total of 36 credits.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course explores major research designs and methods emphasizing underlying assumptions, inquiry aims, participant selection, data collection and analysis, interpretation of findings, conclusions, and reporting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course analyzes the various forms of classroom organization, behavior management, and communication skills appropriate for managing the spectrum of students with exceptionalities. Prerequisite: supervised experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course identifies language development and communication deficits as well as select appropriate methods of instruction to meet individual student needs across educational settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course evaluates the special needs of students with exceptionalities in the areas of employability skills, career awareness, and transition planning for adult living. Prerequisite: field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course surveys instructional techniques for teaching children with learning disabilities, including specialized approaches in basic skills and adaptation of curriculum materials. Prerequisite: supervised field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course surveys instructional strategies for teaching students who are identified as having emotional handicaps, including instructional techniques, motivational strategies, development, implementation, and evaluation of individualized education plans as well as data base management. Prerequisite: supervised field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course presents an overview of the physical, mental, emotional, and social exceptionalities in children, as well as their educational and social implications. Prerequisite: field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course proposes educational assessment techniques and procedures to provide an objective data base for individualizing instruction for children with exceptionalities. Prerequisite: field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course concentrates on current programming practices and the development of appropriate learning environments for students with disabilities, including all resources within the continuum of services beyond the classroom. The different models, trends, and issues related to collaboration, inclusion, diversity, and mentoring of students with exceptionalities are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course explores the history of autism as well as neurological, cognitive, and environmental theories. Coursework will focus on the educational characteristics of students with ASD and describes the social interaction, social communication, and academic needs of students with ASD. Students will also study issues of identification and referral to special education. Prerequisite: a minimum of 8 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course surveys strategies appropriate for students with ASD—particularly the use of assistive and instructional technology—as well as natural, alternative, and augmentative communication systems. Prerequisite: a minimum of 8 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credits: 3

This course examines and evaluates curriculum models, including the administration of instructional systems and curriculum materials necessary for students with disabilities. Appropriate curriculum designs based on federal laws, appropriation, staffing, and Individualized Education programs will be explored. This course provides foundational information and competencies regarding the nature and needs of students with mild disabilities. Prerequisite: field experience.

*The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to complete certain service obligations after graduation. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach in a high-need field; at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant. If obligations are not met, the grant will turn into a loan. For more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant page or contact the UW-Superior Financial Aid Office.

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