Master of Education in Special Education


Department of Teaching and Learning

Southeastern's Special Education graduate program prepares leaders in the field with an emphasis on extended knowledge of theory and application of theory in schools, communities and family settings. Students develop the ability to provide professional services and leadership in schools, school districts and professional organizations. In the program, students receive intensive study in their selected areas of concentration. Students gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to have a positive impact on student achievement.

Career Information

Types of Jobs

  • Central Office Staff      
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Educational Consultant
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Instructional Coach
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Supervisor/Director of Special Education

Types of Employers

  • Department of Education
  • Educational Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public, Private and Parochial School Districts


  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation / National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council for Exceptional Children

  • Course objectives and learner outcomes aligned with the COMPASS/Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Learned Societies and the College of Education Conceptual Framework

  • Lekotek, a toy lending library with child and family support, offers pedagogical experiences for students and opportunities for collaboration with schools and community groups

  • Snoezelen, a multi-sensory environment to support children and other individuals, provides opportunities for student involvement with multiple disciplines on campus, schools and community groups

  • Certified teachers in Louisiana may add additional certifications to their teaching certificate such as Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Gifted Education, Mild/Moderate (Grades1-5), Mild/Moderate (Grades 4-8 and Grades 6-12) and Reading Specialist; students completing add-on certifications may be eligible for a post-baccalaureate certificate

  • The capstone action research project serves as a culminating experience inviting school and community participation


  • Total semester hours required: 36

  • Complete all requirements stated in the catalogue and the candidate's degree plan within a six-year period

  • Satisfactorily complete portfolio requirements in PASSPORT throughout the program

  • Satisfactorily complete all graduate work with a cumulative "B" average, both cumulative and in the major area of concentration, with no more than six semester hours with a grade of "C" counted toward a degree

  • Field experiences in diverse settings

  • Satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination or its approved equivalent

  • Be recommended for the degree by the student's major professor


  • Mild/Moderate

  • Early Intervention

  • Gifted

  • Inclusive Practices

  • Educational Practices

  • Educational Diagnostician

  • Instructional and Assistive Technology


  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education, Mild/Moderate, Grades 1-5

  • Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education and Special Education, Mild/Moderate, Grades 4-8

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education - Early Intervention: Birth-5


  • Kappa Delta Pi

  • Phi Delta Kappa

  • Phi Kappa Phi

  • Student Council for Exceptional Children


Contact Information

Dr. Susan Zimlich, Graduate Coordinator


Mailing address: SLU Box 10749, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: Cate Teacher Education Center, Room 2018 K

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