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Bahamas Cohorts: MS in ESE and Autism Endorsement

Barry University provides you with the knowledge and support you need to develop professionally in order to propel your career to the next level. Continue your commitment to excellence by earning a Master’s of Science degree in Exceptional Student Education (special education) or an Autism endorsement.

The ESE program is offered as a cohort model in Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. For more information, contact Dr. Judy Harris-Looby at

MS in Exceptional Student Education (36 credits)

This program is designed for candidates who want to work with children and youth with mild disabilities (both academic and behavioral) in grades K-12.

Courses are offered two weekends each month, with weeklong intensive courses during the summer.


  • EDR 601 - Methodology of Research
  • ESE 510 - Educational Management of Students with Exceptionalities
  • ESE 511 - Speech Correction for Children
  • ESE 514 - Transition: Teaching Social, Personal and Work Skills to Students with Exceptionalities
  • ESE 524 - Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning and Mild Disabilities
  • ESE 528 - Instructional Strategies for Student with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders
  • ESE 570 - Introduction to Children with Exceptionalities
  • ESE 583 - Educational Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities
  • EDU 584 - Reading Assessment
  • ESE 665 - Collaborative Consultation and Inclusive Practices in ESE
  • EDU 567 - Foundations of Reading Instruction
  • ESE 690 - Curriculum Design in Exceptional Student Education

Autism Endorsement (12 credits)

The specialized field of autism is expanding rapidly. There is a critical shortage of teachers who are qualified to work with these students - jobs are available in this specialized area. To qualify for a teaching position to work with autistic children requires that you obtain an Endorsement in Autism.

You may complete the four endorsement courses at Barry University’s Nassau location within two short semesters to qualify to teach students with autism.

The four endorsement courses may be added to a Bachelor's or Master's degree in ESE. Teachers without an ESE degree but have experience instructing/working with exceptional students may also apply.


  • ESE 673 - Nature and Needs of Autism
  • ESE 583A - Educational Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities: Focus on Autism
  • ESE 527A - Management of Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders: Focus on Autism
  • ESE 683 - Instructional Strategies for Students with Autism: Technological and Communication Interventions

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