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Online Education Masters Programs - Exceptional Student Education

Why Choose Our Online Education Masters Programs at Saint Leo for Exceptional Student Education

Saint Leo University offers industry-leading online education masters programs. Raise your profile with the College of Education & Social Science's online MEd with a concentration in exceptional student education.

The online education masters programs are designed for general educators who wish to increase their understanding and experience in special education to expand areas of certification.

Classrooms are made of diverse learners. As a K-12 teacher, your goal is to help all students overcome learning barriers and realize their full potential. With Saint Leo’s Exceptional Student Education program, you’ll learn how to effectively work with special needs students.

Coursework is offered through a hybrid format, with classes offered fully online, and expectations for field work assignments to be completed in your own school setting.

Saint Leo offers three online education masters programs for exceptional student education tracks:

  • Track A:
    This is a Florida State-approved program for those students who wish to become a teacher or whom are already a teacher leading to certification eligibility in the State of Florida in Exceptional Student Education (K12) with Reading and ESOL endorsements. This track is for those students who want to increase their knowledge in the area of special education.
  • Track B:
    This is a Florida state-approved program for those students who are already a teacher with a Florida Professional teaching certificate, and Reading and ESOL Endorsements who want to increase their knowledge in the area of special education and seeking certification eligibility in the State of Florida in Exceptional Student Education (K12).
  • Track C:
    This is a non state-approved program for those students who are already a teacher seeking to increase their knowledge in the area of special education.

Why choose Exceptional Student Education at Saint Leo?
Saint Leo University is a nationally recognized leader in education, founded in 1889 and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's master teachers and educational leaders.

A commitment to a set of core values is the cornerstone of Saint Leo University. Our mission is to offer a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world. It is a model designed with working adults in mind offering highly personalized attention, flexible learning opportunities, and a solid foundation for personal fulfillment and career advancement.

Our online education masters programs are led by instructors who are current practitioners in the field of school administration, and regular presenters at national and international conferences. The Exceptional Student Education concentration consists of a coherent set of courses that are sequenced to assist you in mastering:

  • Etiology, theory and intervention for students with specific learning disabilities and emotional disturbance, and students who are cognitively impaired, developmentally delayed and/or physically impaired
  • Curriculum development theory, research and policy
  • Curricular needs of English language learners (ELLs) in the K-12 classroom
  • Testing and measurement theory
  • Collaborative and consultative models
  • Law, ethics, placement and diversity
  • Instructional design for ESE
  • Applied linguistics and cross-cultural communication
  • Behavior management, with a focus on positive behavioral support

Flexibility for the working professional
Exceptional Student Education courses are offered fully online. To enhance the learning experience and meet requirements set by the Department of Education, a practicum and field experiences are required to complete the program. Since most courses require fieldwork, you can start applying what you learn in the classroom immediately in a K-12 school. If you are not currently teaching in a K-12 setting, you are encouraged to volunteer once a week in a classroom. Most students complete the degree within two years.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on fitting a Master’s degree program into your life.

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What can you do with a degree in Exceptional Student Education?

  • K-12 Exceptional Student Education Teacher
  • K-12 School Teacher
  • Department Chair
  • Organizational Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Higher Education Instructor in ESE Content Area

Professional development opportunities.

Florida Certification

The sequence of coursework allows you to master the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, the Florida Professional Education Competencies and Skills for Certification, the ESOL Performance Standards and Competencies and Skills, the Reading Endorsement Competencies, and the Florida Exceptional Student Education Standards.

Field experience:

In a supervised practicum that you arrange, you’ll complete an action research project in a K-12 classroom to improve outcomes for students with exceptionality.

21st century classroom

Discover how to enhance learning with technologies such as iPads, the MimioVote™ assessment system and interactive SMART Boards. Participate in the Future Teachers Association and join Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society for Educators.

Where are Saint Leo Education grads now?

Our students find success as certified teachers, principals and administrators in school districts throughout Florida and outside of the state, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department of Education negotiates.

Saint Leo graduates often assume leadership positions in their schools—as team leaders and department chairs—within three to four years of employment. Graduates consistently receive "Teacher of the Year" and "Administrator of the Year" awards in their districts.

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