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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

Concordia University Portland's Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) program is for individuals who want to create a welcoming atmosphere for students with disabilities and help them develop good social skills. Read on for details.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in The Inclusive Classroom(SPED)

School Offering Program:

Concordia University Portland

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) program at Concordia University Portland should have attained an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8. Great communication and collaborative skills are necessary for students in this program, as are compassion, patience, and trustworthiness. All applicants to Concordia University Portland's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) program from Concordia University Portland was created for newly licensed and experienced teachers who want to teach children with disabilities right alongside children who develop typically, rather than separating them as may be the case in special education classrooms. The program's curriculum emphasizes the welcoming of all children. In addition to classroom management strategies, classes cover special education history and could provide degree seekers with important techniques for teaching students with disabilities. Students could also be able to discover the importance of fostering partnerships between communities, school staff, and parents. This program is not designed to lead to special education licensure.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Concordia University Portland's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in The Inclusive Classroom (SPED)

To graduate with Concordia University Portland's MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) degree, program participants must earn 30 credits. The curriculum includes core, concentration, and research courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Concordia University Portland to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • Developing Character Through the Curriculum
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • Community of Learners
  • Contemporary Educational Thought

Concentration Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • Foundation Concepts for Inclusive Teaching
  • The Inclusive Classroom: Instructional Strategies and Interventions
  • Effective Classroom Management Strategies
  • Principles of Collaboration and Partnerships

Research Course Requirements (6 credit hours)

  • Educational Research
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Practitioner Inquiry
    • Action Research

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

MEd program graduates whose goals include top-tier leadership positions in special education could decide to also earn a doctoral degree in order to conduct dissertation research or participate in a literature review of topics like program administration student support techniques. The list below includes related doctoral degree programs:

  • PhD in Special Education
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education
  • EdD in Special Education

Career Paths:

Upon earning Concordia University Portland's MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) degree, graduates might have the knowledge required to modify curricula so that they are in alignment with the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). Graduates could be able to pursue careers in either higher education or K-12 settings. Examples of potential careers include:

  • School-wide classroom inclusion coach
  • Higher education instructor
  • Inclusion-focused advisor or consultant
  • General education inclusion tutor
  • Inclusion classroom advisor to state legislatures

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