Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts

The Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Program is an exciting new collaboration between GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  The program, the only one of its kind in the country, offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines and enriches coursework from GSEHD’s Museum Education Program and the Columbian College’s master's degree in Jewish Cultural Arts.

Secondary Special Education and Transition Services

The program is designed in partnership with various area public schools and community agencies. The curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach that emphasizes linking school, community and post-secondary systems.

The Graduate School offers the masters degree with the following concentrations in order to focus in a subject area or age group:

Secondary Education

Graduate students become part of a diverse community of scholars and teachers dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning in public schools. The Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s secondary education program opens the door to a broad range of teaching possibilities.

A variety of concentrations are available:

Languages: Arabic; Chinese; French; German; Latin; Spanish; Russian

Humanities: English; English as a Second Language; Social Studies

School Counseling

The program of study includes classroom, laboratory and field-site education and training. The program also includes a two-semester internship during which interns deliver counseling services under supervision both in the program’s Community Counseling Services Center, a fully equipped training facility, and at schools in the community.

Rehabilitation Counseling

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program is ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The program encompasses a wide range of rehabilitation counseling issues, theories and practices, including multicultural counseling, attitudinal and environmental barriers for people with disabilities, rehabilitation services, case management, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, job placement and ethical standards for rehabilitation counselors.

Training and Educational Technology

This certificate prepares students to apply the theories, principles, models and tools of instructional technology and distance education in diverse organizational learning activities and settings. Skills and experiences acquired run the range from conducting a needs analysis to applying the systematic design of instruction to evaluating the role of technology in leadership development and the assessment of distance education (or e-learning) opportunities.

Reading and Literacy

The program informs classroom teachers about the current state of knowledge regarding scientifically based reading and literacy practices and bridges the gaps between theory, research and practice so that graduates of the program are able to apply new knowledge and skill to the reading/literacy problems confronting educators in urban, suburban and rural settings. It also provides content knowledge about instructional scaffolding in the development of reading/literacy methods to teach students from culturally diverse and at-risk environments.

Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development offers a 39-credit-hour master’s degree program for teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD) in a professional development school model. Graduate students complete a two-semester clinical internship at a regional partner school during the day and attend courses at night.

Student interns receive intensive video supervision on site and participate in a learning community to improve outcomes of elementary-aged students with the primary diagnosis of EBD.

 

 

Special Education

The doctoral program in special education utilizes a transdisciplinary approach to the preparation of special education scholars and leaders. The program is designed to support the development of doctoral students as they acquire knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and the developmental sciences in an effort to meaningfully translate that knowledge to the most pressing issues to special education today.

Professional Teaching Standards

GW’s five-course graduate certificate program is aligned with the goals and standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

The program is designed to cultivate leadership skills and provide professional development for practicing teachers or counselors. The certificate coursework guides participants in the analysis of and reflection in classroom practices. Teaching and learning are integrated with current scholarly research.