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

The master's program in special education for culturally and linguistically diverse learners is one the few 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, and/or exceptional students. The program emphasizes culturally responsive instruction, assessment and service practices in order to prepare professionals to distinguish—and differentiate appropriately—between students with a disability and students who are in the process of second language acquisition. The master's program combines 45 credit hours of coursework with field-based experience and mentoring. It is nationally recognized by NCATE and leads to K-12 certification in ESOL, special education and bilingual special education. 

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall – Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Spring– Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions
Standardized tests: Not required.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services (
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.
Additional requirements: A resume is required.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits in required courses; and successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination; and completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (see below). 

CPED 6551Second Language Instructional Methods
CPED 6556Linguistic Applications in English as a Second Language
CPED 6627Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
SPED 6266The Development of Language and Literacy
SPED 6268Development of Children and Youth with Disabilities
SPED 6275The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student with Disabilities: Policy, Research, and Trends
SPED 6276Academic and Psychosocial Assessment of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student (taken twice)
SPED 6277Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities
SPED 6997Internship in Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities (taken for 3 credits)
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive exam required
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office