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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom

Greater access to curricula. More opportunities for interaction. Peer role models. There are numerous advantages to having students with disabilities learn side by side with typically developing students. Studies show how the latter half benefits too, from growth in social cognition to greater academic outcomes. Interested in learning how to better create a welcoming, inclusive classroom environment that also celebrates each unique student? Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom program is for you.

Offered fully online, this program is designed for teachers looking to work effectively with students with disabilities mainstreamed in general education classrooms. You’ll find an emphasis on instructional strategies used to differentiate instruction, to serve students with disabilities in inclusive general education classrooms, and to implement the Response to Intervention model at the classroom or school level. (This program is not designed or intended to assist with a Special Education license.)

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by practitioners, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. The convenience of 100 percent online, clearly defined coursework — paired with realistic deadlines and the ability to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom — makes our programs ideal for busy lifestyles. And the potential career benefits — from higher pay to promotions — are second only to the reward of having an everlasting impact on the lives of your students.

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MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 1 Year
Credits 30 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
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MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom online degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate:
Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in Evaluating Progress

Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards and specific district standards

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective Instructional Skills

Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students

Classroom Diversity Skills

Classroom Diversity Skills

An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom is a 30 credit-hour program

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom
12 credits

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Research Course 1
3 credits

The Master of Education culminates with the choice of either EDGR 698-Action Research or EDGR 696-Practitioner Inquiry. Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

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Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

ON-CAMPUS/HYBRID OPTIONS

In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Is the MEd in The Inclusive Classroom concentration right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You believe students with disabilities and other special needs should be taught alongside typically developing students
  • You want to learn practical instructional strategies for a variety of special needs
  • You’re passionate about creating a supportive environment for all students in an inclusive general education classroom

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

Child Learning
I found myself so excited each week just to see what the reading would be, so I could use it in my classroom. It was very rewarding. I never expected it to be so aligned with what I was doing daily.
ANDRE MAR'QUIS MITCHELL FRANKLIN, MEd in Educational Leadership '18

Course Spotlight

EDCI 549: Effective Classroom Management Strategies

This concentration course—designed for new and veteran teachers—gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and to share your own most successful classroom management strategies. This allows teachers to support one another by sharing their best inclusive classroom management strategies, like how to handle a disruptive student without interfering with the learning process of the rest of the class.

MORE ON THE TOPIC OF THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM

What makes this program so relevant today

In inclusive classrooms, students with disabilities work and learn alongside with typically developing students—giving them the same access to lesson plans and more opportunities to interact with their classmates. In special education classrooms, students with disabilities are often separated from other students, and have a different set of lesson plans and course curricula.

Teachers in both inclusive classroom and special education programs learn different, practical instructional strategies for a variety of special needs, but the focus in an inclusive classroom curriculum is on creating a welcoming environment for all types of students.

(This program is not designed or intended to assist with a Special Education license.)

Studies show that inclusive classrooms lead to benefits for both students with and without disabilities. For the former group, those benefits include:

  • Higher grades and test scores in literacy, writing, and social studies
  • Better communication skills, improved social skills, and more friendships
  • Fewer absences and referrals for disruptive behavior
  • A positive understanding of themselves and others

Benefits for typically developing students include:

  • Higher grades and test scores in reading and math
  • New learning opportunities, including the chance to be a peer model
  • Exposure to different teaching methods (including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic)
  • Increased social cognition and an understanding of diversity, student differences, and acceptance

Sources: PBS, International Journal of Special Education, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, European Journal of Special Needs, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, National Center for Special Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

The Response to Intervention model is a multi-tier approach to identifying and supporting students with learning and behavior needs. It includes a series of screening, observing, and responding to needs of each individual students. It’s designed for making decisions in both general and special education classrooms, and its goal is to create a cohesive system of instruction and intervention.

For the RTI model to work best, it must include:

  • High-quality, scientifically based classroom instruction
  • Ongoing student assessment
  • Tiered instruction
  • Parent involvement

In Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction : The Inclusive Classroom concentration, you’ll learn how to effectively implement the Response to Intervention model at the classroom or school level and to help improve student outcomes.

Source: The RTI Action Network

In addition to the Response to Intervention model, educators in this concentration will learn a number of instructional and management strategies to create the most welcoming classroom possible. They include:

  • Accommodations and modifications to curriculum for different disabilities as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)
  • Differentiated instruction and adaptations for students with other special learning needs, including students with gifts and talents, English language learners and low language native English speakers, and students at risk of failing
  • Practical, preventative strategies rooted in positive teacher-student relationships
  • Effective responses to inappropriate and disruptive behavior that result in increased student motivation and engagement

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CAREER OUTCOMES

See where an MEd focused on the inclusive classroom could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

Potential careers include:

  • Higher education instructor: the inclusive general education classroom
  • Consultant/advisor, inclusion of students with disabilities and other students with special needs
  • Inclusion general education classroom teaching advisor to state legislatures/Congress
  • Professional development (K–12), strategies for inclusion
  • General education inclusion classroom tutor: accommodations, modifications for students with disabilities, and adaptations for students with other special needs
  • Schoolwide general education classroom inclusion coach/mentor

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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