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.
This Special Education degree utilizes cutting-edge research and the field experience of our practitioner faculty to equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage the changing demographics of the modern classroom. You will graduate prepared to address the cultural, language, social and learning needs of a variety of exceptional students.
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.
The program emphasizes theory-to-practice. The coursework and field experiences are built around an understanding of policy, best practices and competences in the areas of assessment, lesson planning, cultural competency and teaching.
As a graduate of GW’s Master’s in Special Education program, you will be prepared to work with students who have disabilities as well as those in the process of second language acquisition, utilizing skills that span knowledge, diversity, assessment and collaboration, including:
The Master's in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners from the George Washington University (GW) prepares you for a career in a variety of roles in special education, including diversity coordinator, early K-12 teacher or instructional coach for a wide range of educational systems.
Within this field, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports job growth of 6% over the next ten years with better screening and identification of various disabilities in children increasing the demand for special education services. In addition, children with disabilities are being identified earlier and enrolled into special education programs. This is increasing the need for special education preschool teachers with job growth expected to reach 16% by 20221, of which there is a particular demand for special education teachers who possess the skills to teach culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/special-education-teachers.htm
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.
Mary Lou Donahoe (a student in GSEHD's online MA in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners) was selected as the WIDA Featured Educator (September 2016) by the New Hampshire Department of Education, Title III office. In her interview, she said, "Although I had a master's in TESOL, it covered a lot about the English language sociolinguistics and pragmatics.