At a Glance

Credit Hours 39
Main Campus
Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
Entry Semester(s)
Admission Deadline(s)
SUMMERMarch 1 
  • Late applications may be considered.
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Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development

Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (EBD) is an intensive, one-year master's degree program that prepares graduate students to be highly qualified educators of students with learning and emotional problems in grades K-8. Graduate students in the program gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to facilitate effective instruction and improve outcomes for students in this unique and challenging population.

The hallmark of the program is its emphasis on clinical preparation, as graduate students have the opportunity to work intensively with students with disabilities in a therapeutic school during the day as well as to complete graduate level courses in the evenings. The intensive nature of the program enables students to apply their coursework directly to practice while being mentored by school-based cooperating teachers and university faculty and staff. The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children and is accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


The mission of the Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities program is first and foremost to train psychoeducators of the highest caliber. Psychoeducation:

  • Views most “problem behavior” as the student’s misguided attempt to cope with his or her environment.
  • Focuses on the individual student and his or her unique psychological and learning needs.
  • Recognizes the importance of helping the troubled student to understand and control his or her behavior as well as to master academic skills and subjects.
  • Helps the student learn how to work productively with peers and adults.
  • Places heavy emphasis upon the relationship that the teacher cultivates with each student, for students with emotional and behavioral problems often have difficulty relating well with authority figures.


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Why Teach?

Watch the Why Teach? panel discussion at GW with Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.