Special Education Licensure

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.

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University in Washington DC offers two programs where students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become highly qualified licensed special educators. The Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavior Disorders program (EBD) is focused on preparing teachers of students with EBD in grades K-8, whereas the Secondary Special Education program is focused on preparing teachers of students with disabilities in grades 6-12.

Both programs emphasize a Professional Development School (PDS) model, 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 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. 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.

Graduates of these programs are highly sought after for post-program employment, as well as demonstrate teacher-retention rates many times higher than the national average.