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MEd in Culturally Responsive Special Education

Culturally Responsive Special Education

Students taking the Culturally Responsive Special Education specialization explore critical issues of theory, practice and policy in the education of students with special needs who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The online program, which can be completed in four semesters, prepares teacher leaders with the knowledge and skills to work in collaborative and consulting roles with educators and support professionals to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students with special needs.

The curriculum focuses on culturally responsive practices in:

  • Establishing partnerships with families and communities,
  • Planning meaningful and comprehensible individualized education programs,
  • Using data and high-leverage strategies to plan and implement strength-based instruction, and
  • Practice of positive behavior supports to promote meaningful access, participation and inclusion.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be proficient in providing culturally responsive practices within the context of special education. Additionally, graduates will be prepared to take the TExES Special Education EC-12 exam (161).

Core Courses (6 hours)

MED 5305 Classroom Teacher as Researcher

MED 5308 Ethics and Leadership in Education


Specialization (24 hours)

SPED 5303 Curriculum Design and Practice

SPED 5310 Critical Issues in Special Education

SPED 5311 Culturally Responsive Practices in Assessment for Learners with Disabilities

SPED 5312 Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom

SPED 5313 Cultural Responsiveness for Managing Challenging Behaviors

SPED 5314 Special Education Law and the IEP Process

SPED 5316 The Teaching-Learning Process in Special Education

SPED 5318 Collaboration in Special Education

MEd Cohort Class Schedules


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