American University

College of Arts and Sciences

Special Education for Learning Disabilities (MA)


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Special Education: Learning Disabilities

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Through the MA in Special Education: Learning Disabilities program, you gain practical teaching experience at the Lab School of Washington, an innovative day school for children and adults with severe learning disabilities. Founded in 1967 by Sally Smith, the school provides a rich learning environment in which students learn by doing. The academic curriculum is grounded in the performing and visual arts, which, Smith says, “ignite the whole learning process, especially for children with learning disabilities.” The Lab School of Washington, recognized by the US Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, has a diagnostic clinic, a tutor corps, a career counseling unit, and after-school recreation programs for children with learning disabilities. The program is approved by the District of Columbia, which is a party to the National Association of State Directors of teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract. Graduates meet requirements for District of Columbia teacher certification and are eligible for certification in forty states.


The School of Education, Teaching & Health at American University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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