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.
Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational
community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's leaders
in the classroom. In 2011, Saint Leo’s Education department was
named a national finalist for the Distinguished Program in Teacher
Education Award. Our instructors 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
Saint Leo also offers M.Ed. concentrations in Educational
Leadership and Reading, as
well as a graduate certificate
program in Reading.
Exceptional Student Education courses are offered online and in
traditional, blended formats. Since most classes require fieldwork,
you can start applying what you learn 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.
Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there.
The M.Ed. Exceptional Student Education can be taken as a
blended program that combines traditional, in-person classes—with a
variety of delivery formats, including online options and video
conferencing. Most students complete the degree within two
Contact your Graduate Admissions
Counselor for more information on fitting a M.Ed. into you
Our students find success as certified teachers, principals and
administrators in school districts around Florida and outside of
the state, thanks to interstate agreements the Florida Department
of Education negotiates. The majority teach in Florida school
districts, including Pasco, Hillsborough and Marion.
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
A special scholarship is available for M.Ed students. Contact
Graduate Admissions for details.
Students who graduate from a Saint Leo state-approved
undergraduate education program are eligible to complete the
Exceptional Student Education program in one year, immediately
following their bachelor’s program. For this option, apply in
January of your senior year and, if admitted, begin the program in
the Summer 1 term.
Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's
M.Ed. Exceptional Student Education today.