Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
The GSEHD program 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, 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 M.A. 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. The program also offers a six-course graduate certificate as well as emphasis areas under the Special Education Ed.S. and Ed.D. All coursework is offered either face-to-face or online.
Fall – Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Graduate Certificate - One (1) recommendation
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.
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:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday