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Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design

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Reaching All Students in General and Special Education

Inclusive learning provides all students with access to flexible learning choices and effective paths for achieving educational goals in spaces where they experience a sense of belonging. As special and general education teachers move toward creating more inclusive classrooms, the frameworks of Disability Studies in Education and Universal Design for Learning employ strategies to meet the expectations of IDEA and expand understanding of student ability. Collaboration and critical insight remain crucial while considering the role of the Common Core Standards in this context. This specialization is appropriate for K-12 special education and general education teachers.

Engage all learners in your classroom as you challenge the status quo, remove curriculum barriers, present educational goals in interesting ways and serve all students equitably.

Course of Study

Earn this Masters of Education specializing in Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design by completing 10 courses (3-units each) for 30 units of coursework. Your program consists of five foundation courses including a capstone action research project as well as five diversified specialization courses (at a minimum across three of our different specializations). You may start in any semester with any of the courses offered. The Capstone Seminar is the final course in the program and builds on knowledge gained in the research and specialization courses. Earn your MEd online inclusive education masters today.


At a Glance

20 months
30 Units
$710
September 6
August 1

PROGRAM COURSE CURRICULUM

The Master of Education with UDL and Inclusive education masters specialization program spans over five different semesters which includes a mandatory orientation course. Each semester is fourteen weeks and is split into two different courses. The first course is seven weeks and the second course is seven weeks. Below is a sample outline of what the span of the Master of Education with UDL and Inclusive education masters specialization program may look like:

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Orientation

This course introduces you to the University of San Diego and provides important information about the program. Throughout the orientation, …

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Semester 1

Course Units

Applied exploration of qualitative research methodologies such as ethnography, grounded theory, case-study and cross-case comparisons, surve…

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3

Exploration of our evolving understanding of autism in the research literature, educational practice, and popular imagination. Examination a…

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3

Semester 2

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Analysis of the American educational system with a particular focus on issues of diversity, inequity, conflict and social justice within a s…

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3

Examination of variability of ability and experience among students. Investigation and application of assessment tools and instructional des…

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3

Semester 3

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Introduction to the major educational research methods and paradigms with an emphasis on reflective, practitioner-directed inquiry. The cour…

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3

Examination of research, policy, and practice of co-teaching and collaboration models that support general education and special education s…

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3

Semester 4

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Explore key cognitive studies on human cognition and learning. You will critically discuss research and contemporary debates on cognitive pr…

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3

Investigation of the historical, philosophical, legal, political and sociological constructions of disability in education. Analysis of appl…

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3

Semester 5

Course Units

As a Masters student in Learning and Teaching, candidates have the option of three culminating final projects: studies employing action rese…

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3

Theoretical and practical exploration of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Investigation of brain research into recogni…

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3

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The M.Ed online program through USD was great! I chose the Curriculum and Instruction program and it allowed me a lot of choices so I could take a range of classes and explore different areas. All of my professors were supportive and available and they made it clear they wanted me to succeed. I would recommend this program to anyone!

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