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Master of Arts in Education & Human Development / Special Education for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners

Program Details

Designed for teachers who are passionate about improving the quality of learning for children with diverse needs, the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners empowers you to make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of your students.

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the George Washington University's program is one of only eight in the country that will provide you with the latest instructional techniques and research methods needed to help ensure the success of students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds as well as those with social or learning disabilities.

Why a GW Master's in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners?

  • ESOL and SPED PRAXIS: You will develop a professional portfolio and are prepared to sit for the ESOL PRAXIS and SPED PRAXIS exams at the end of your program. The program prepares you to work with students who have disabilities and those in the process of second language acquisition.
  • Theory-to-Practice Model: Build the skills and knowledge to effectively understand and address the unique needs of exceptional students with a progressive curriculum and field experiences that are built around an understanding of policy, best practices and competences in the areas of assessment, lesson planning, cultural competency and teaching.
  • Applied Coursework Focusing on Policy and Research: Utilize data, research and skills obtained through real-world examples and frameworks that can be applied directly to instruction design, materials development and student assessment. Notable focus is on creating data-driven, research focused teachers who are versed in current state and national policy. Therefore, they are able to critically assess the most effective approaches for this classroom population.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are working professionals, gaining real-world insights and diverse perspectives.

Master's in Special Education Courses

GW's Master's in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners is a 33-credit master's degree and can be completed in as little as 1.5 years.

Certificate Offered

GW offers a Graduate Certificate in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners. Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you can transfer all 18 credit hours into the Master's program.

Requirements

This program requires an internship.

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two (2) recommendations
  • Statement of purpose
  • A resumé

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)