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Master of Arts in Education & Human Development

Department of Special Education & Disability Studies

SSETS: Concentration in Focus Adolescents with Disabilities: This program is a school-based teacher preparation program. Offering first year students an immediate yearlong teaching internship with a master educator in a secondary school, students complete evening coursework at GW's D.C. and Arlington campuses. Developing content area aptitude in English, history, science, and mathematics, our graduates work with students with learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and/or intellectual disabilities. In the second year of the program, degree candidates work full-time as special educators earning a full teaching salary, and complete three required courses.  Tuition assistance may be available.

SSETS: Focus Emotional & Behavioral Disabilities: Relying on a psycho-educational theoretical framework, the EBD program provides the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to deliver effective instruction and improve outcomes for 9th-12th grade students. This intensive one year program, offers students the opportunity to complete a two-semester clinical internship during the day and attend courses at night. Centered on daily team-teaching experience at one of the three professional development schools partnered with the University, the EBD program meets requirements for licensure in special education K-12 in the District of Columbia. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and approved by the State Education Agency-Board of Education of the District of Columbia, students graduate ready to serve and support troubled teens.

Program Faculty

Karen Ihrig
  • Karen
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education and Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-5986
Elisabeth Rice
  • Elisabeth
  • Associate Professor
  • Special Education & Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-1535
Juliana Taymans
  • Juliana
  • Professor
  • Special Education and Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-3291
Joan Kester
  • Joan
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Special Education and Disability Studies
Beth Tuckwiller
  • Beth
  • Assistant Professor
  • Special Education & Disability Studies
  •  (202) 994-1533

Fast Facts

Courses Required (minimum)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Online
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


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ESRI - February 28, 2015