Exceptional Student Education - ESE


Individuals seeking an initial degree in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and who want to develop expertise in the subject area. Applicants may be experienced teachers whose certification is in an area other than special education. This program is not open to students who have a previous degree in ESE.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Program allows you to teach students with exceptionalities at all grade levels (K-12)
  • 34% Tuition Discount
  • Obtain your Master's degree with teachers from your area
  • 2 year completion time including summer and holiday breaks
  • No thesis required

What You Learn:

Barry's Exceptional Student Education MS degree program meets the high market demands for qualified teachers of special education. As a student in this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Understand the unique characteristics of a variety of exceptionalities
  • Plan and collaborate with other professionals on appropriate programming for students with special needs
  • Identify and prescribe for the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students with special needs
  • Integrate computers and other assistive technologies to support student learning

How You Learn:

This is a cohort program. During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes will meet two nights a week from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. During the Summer session, classes meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. You will finish the program in approximately two years.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education and be qualified to apply for ESE certification with the State of Florida. Students also have the option to take four additional courses to earn an Autism Endorsement.


In addition to the admission requirements for a graduate degree in the School of Education, applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for full admission. If the undergraduate GPA is lower than a 3.0, the student is required to take the GRE or MAT.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
ESE 570 Introduction to Children with Exceptionalities 3
ESE 583 Educational Assessment of the Exceptional Student 3
EDR 601 Methodology of Research 3
ESE 524 Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning Problems 3
ESE 690 Curriculum Design in Exceptional Student Education 3
ESE 514 Transition: Teaching Social, Personal and Work Skills to Student with Exceptionalities 3
ESE 511 Speech Correction for Children 3
ESE 510 Educational Management of Students with Exceptionalities 3
ESE 528 Instructional Strategies for Students with Emotional Handicaps and/or Behavior Disorders 3
ESE 673 Nature and Need of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 3
ESE 683 Reading Diagnosis 3
ESE 665 Instructional Strategies for students with ASD: Technical and Communication 3
  Total Credit Hours 36

Please Note:

While the chart above lists each of the courses that make up the ESE degree, this is not a class schedule, and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.

The Master’s degree program culminates in a comprehensive exam administered by Barry University. Students are required to pass the comprehensive exam to graduate from the program.