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.

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.