The George Washington University

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners


2121 I Street

Washington, DC 20052

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Master's in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners is one of only eight programs in the country that prepares educators to meet the cultural, language, social and learning needs of a growing number of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

The program is nationally recognized by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and leads to certification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and special education (SPED).

Why GW’s online Master’s in Special Education?

  • 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. Upon graduation you will be prepared to work with students who have disabilities and those in the process of second language acquisition.
  • Theory-to-Practice Model: GW offers a progressive curriculum based on cutting-edge research paired with field experience to create teachers who have the knowledge and skills to understand and address the cultural, linguistic, social and learning needs of students.
  • Applied Coursework Focusing on Policy and Research: The topics covered throughout the program utilize real-world examples and provide frameworks that are immediately actionable in the classroom.


Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting agency.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.

Locale: Large City

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