George Washington University

Online Master’s in Special Education

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.

Online Master’s Degrees in Special Education

GW’s Master’s in Special Education is a 33-credit master’s degree and can be completed in as little as 1.5 years.

Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Learners

Master’s in Special Education – Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Learners

GW Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Learners Master's DegreeThe George Washington University program equips current educators with the knowledge and skills to effectively understand and address the cultural, language, social and learning needs of a variety of students whose diversity and exceptionalism affect their school success. A certificate option is also available.

Who is the program for?
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.

Curriculum Focus & Outcomes
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.

Why Choose GW’s Master’s in Special Education – Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Learners

  • ESOL and SPED PRAXIS: You will develop a professional portfolio and are prepared to sit for the ESOL PRAXIS and SPED PRAXIS exams at the end of your program. The program prepares you to work with students who have disabilities and those in the process of second language acquisition.
  • Theory-to-Practice Model: Build the skills and knowledge to effectively understand and address the unique needs of exceptional students with a progressive curriculum and field experiences that are built around an understanding of policy, best practices and competences in the areas of assessment, lesson planning, cultural competency and teaching.
  • Applied Coursework Focusing on Policy and Research: Utilize data, research and skills obtained through real-world examples and frameworks that can be applied directly to instruction design, materials development and student assessment. Notable focus is on creating data-driven, research focused teachers who are versed in current state and national policy. Therefore, they are able to critically assess the most effective approaches for this classroom population.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are working professionals, gaining real-world insights and diverse perspectives.
Secondary Special Education and Transition Services

Master’s in Special Education – Secondary Special Education and Transition Services

GW Master’s in Special Education – Secondary Special Education and Transition Services

GW’s Master’s in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services degree program is nationally recognized and meets the Transition Guideposts of the U.S. Department of Labor National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth) and the CEC Advanced Knowledge and Skills Base for Transition Specialists.

With a strong focus on social justice, this program will provide you with critical knowledge of legislative requirements and research, as well evidence-based practices and experience gained through a hands-on internship. A certificate option is also available.

Curriculum Focus & Outcomes

In this program, you will design strategies that inspire youth to envision, own and lead their own futures—including careers, post-secondary education, living alone and other hallmarks of maturity.

You will graduate prepared to become a transition specialist, skilled in the design of effective youth development programs and poised to help youth, families and communities now and in the future.

Why Choose GW’s Master’s in Special Education – Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Learners

  • Leadership Emphasis: Prepare to be recognized as a “transition leader,” helping your organization and peers become more competent in critical knowledge and skills, with the program’s ‘train-the-trainer’ leadership component.
  • Applied Research: Engage with a curriculum that is driven by the leading research in the field, applied in the field by experts and designed to help achieve a variety of transition outcomes. All course content is based on a self-determination philosophy where students with disabilities must control their transition planning and have opportunities to practice the skills necessary to assume adult rights and responsibilities.
  • Interdisciplinary Interaction: Build knowledge related to the planning and achievement of successful post-school outcomes based on first-hand experience from faculty and peers during discussion forums and small group projects.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are active professionals, ready to share their real-world experiences and unique perspective.
Certificates

Master’s in Special Education – Secondary Special Education and Transition Services

 

Graduate Certificate in Transition Special Education

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Transition Special Education from the George Washington University (GW) and gain the required knowledge, skills and competencies to assist youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to postsecondary opportunities.

In the special education transition certificate program, you will focus on social justice as you join a community of transition leaders from across the country, learning to design and implement transition and career assessment strategies to help ensure the success of youth as they transition to adult life.

Graduate Certificate in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

Enhance your skills to meet the needs of students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and those with varying social and learning abilities with a Graduate Certificate in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners from the George Washington University (GW).

In this certificate program, you will focus on the inter-relationships of school, home and community to improve the quality of education for children with diverse needs.

A holistic approach to the curriculum utilizes the latest research, theory and data-driven best practices to prepare you to empower and improve the quality of learning for children with diverse needs.