Master of Education in Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design

udlbanner.jpgNoriyuki Inoue
Associate Professor

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. Contact USD MEd online today!

Course of Study


Earn this Masters of Education 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 specialization courses. 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 Inclusive Learning online Master's degree in Special Education and Universal Design.

Core Courses (15 units)

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EDUC 520 Social Justice and Educational Equity (3 unit core course)
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EDUC 521 Cognition and Learning (3 unit core course)
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EDUC 522 Educational Research Methodology (3 unit core course)
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EDUC 523 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 unit core course)
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EDUC 550 Capstone Seminar (3 unit core course)


Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design Specialization Courses (15 units)

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EDUC 533 Designing Learning Environments For All (3 units)
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EDUC 538 Identifying and Responding To the Needs of Diverse Learners (3 units)
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EDUC 586 Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum (3 units)
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EDUC 587 Co-Teaching: Collaborating in an Inclusive Environment (3 units)
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EDUC 588 Disability in Education Policy and Law (3 units)

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