Master's in Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
The role of a special educator goes beyond the daily impact they make in the lives of students with disabilities- it is also the role of an advocate, impacting social barriers and changing communities.
Graduate students in the Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (EBD) program gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become highly qualified special educators working with a diverse population of students with learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Graduates of the program will be eligible for teacher licensure in Special Education - Emotional Disturbance (ED), Learning Disability (LD), and Intellectual Disabilities (ID).
A Professional Development School (PDS) model is emphasized in the EBD program, blending theory and practice of learning to teach, so that concepts learned in a university classroom can be applied the next day to work with students with EBD. In this model, graduate students learn about best practice and research-based interventions through their coursework, while being able to apply them concurrently in their full-time, clinical internship in a therapeutic school setting. Currently, our program partners with both public and non-public schools throughout the DC, VA, and MD area. Graduate students are not only matched with a partnership school for internships, but also with a Cooperating Teacher, who serves as a mentor and support in the school building. University faculty and staff provide bi-weekly supervision and individualized feedback on teaching progress, as well as weekly seminars that provide a forum for professional growth and peer-driven emotional support.
Graduates of this program are highly sought after for post-program employment, as well as demonstrate teacher-retention rates many times higher than the national average.
This program is focused on preparing teachers of students with EBD in grades K-8. If you are interested in working with students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in grades 6-12, please explore our Secondary Special Education program.
Why a GW Master's in Special Education for Children with Emotional & Behavioral Disabilities?
Nationally Recognized: The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children, is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and has been training exemplary special educators for twenty years.
Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate internship experiences in schools.
Location: Unique to the the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area, our location gives students in the Special Education & Disability Studies Department access to urban or suburban; public, charter, or private schools. This allows students to examine, compare, and contrast schools with widely different student populations, structures, and demographics.
Sample Program Plan (subject to change)
First Summer Semester
SPED 6239 – Analysis of Teaching and Collaboration for Professionals Working with Students with Disabilities
SPED 6201 – Overview and Legal Issues in Educating Exceptional Learners
CPED 6224 – Diagnostic Teaching of Reading: K-6
SPED 6288 – Characteristics of Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6290 – Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education
CPED 6412 – Elementary School Curriculum and Methods: Humanities (2 credits)
SPED 6990 – Internship in Teaching Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities: Assistant Teacher
SPED 6238 – Issues in Educating Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6260 – Developmental Assessment in Special Education
CPED 6412 – Elementary School Curriculum and Methods: S.T.E.M. (2 credits)
SPED 6991 – Internship in Teaching Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities: Co-Teacher
Second Summer Semester
SPED 6202 - Researching Current Trends in Special Education: Teacher Decision Making
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive exam
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office
Our graduates are Special Educators in both public and non-publics schools throughout the nation. In addition to classroom teaching, our graduates are also administrators of special education programs, advocates in the policy arena, researchers and faculty in higher education, and educational consultants.
"The professors taught me more than instructional methods and behavior management strategies; they taught me how to be self-reflective and to always ask ‘whose needs are being met?’ I left this program not only a better teacher, but also a better person."
Brian Ernest, program graduate
Program Entry: Summer, Fall (part-time)
Prerequisites: Bachelor's Degree
Campus: Foggy Bottom
- Online Application
- Statement of Purpose
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Transcripts (unofficial)
- Application Fee
Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer and Fall 2022 start terms on a rolling basis. The next priority deadline to apply is December 15th. If you have questions about submitting your application, please contact our Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202.994.9283.
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