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Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Other, Online Learning

Program Overview

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1
Spring– October 1
Summer – March 1

Standardized test scores:

Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required for the M.A. Ed. & H.D. This requirement is waived for applicants who already hold a master’s degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher learning.

Recommendations required:

Graduate Certificate - One (1) recommendation
M.A. Ed. in H.D. - 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 resumé and a pre-application interview (202.994.1511) are 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:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.9283
202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday