Master of Education in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Inclusive Education
This specialization explores approaches to classroom design and curriculum development that support equal learning opportunities for all students. It is appropriate for special education and general education K-12 teachers concerned about ensuring equity and access for all students in their schools and classrooms.
Course of Study
Earn this Master of Education degree by completing 10 courses for 30 units of course work. The program consists of five foundation core courses including a capstone seminar, and five specialization courses. You can start in any semester and begin with any courses offered. The Capstone Seminar is the only course with prerequisite(s) and is planned as your last course in the program.
Core Courses (15 units)
Analysis of the American educational system with a particular focus on issues of diversity, inequity, conflict and social justice within a school context. Historical case studies, contemporary policies and practices, and international comparisons compel consideration of the social construction of education.
Exploration of key cognitive studies on human cognition and learning. You will critically discuss research and contemporary debates on cognitive processes, learning, memory, reasoning, problem-solving, developmental mechanism, cognitive styles, motivation, the socio-cultural foundations of learning with an emphasis on the implications for educators and educational researchers.
Introduction of the major educational research method and paradigms with an emphasis on reflective, practitioner-directed inquiry. The course encompasses quantitative methods, qualitative methods, mixed methods, and action research frameworks. Particular emphasis is placed on action research as a reflective and collaborate inquiry for improving educational practices.
Applied exploration of qualitative research methodologies such as ethnography, grounded theory, case-study & cross-case comparisons, surveys, observations, document analyses, focus groups and interviews. Opportunity to learn and apply a variety of techniques to analyze data and interpret findings.
Final course in the online MEd program sequence. The capstone builds on the knowledge gained from previous research and specialization courses to support students as they engage in an action research project appropriate to their area of specialization and responsive to the needs of their classroom.
UDL Specialization Courses (15 units)
Theoretical and practical exploration of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Investigation of brain research into recognition networks, strategic networks, and affective networks and consideration of how these networks can inform instructional design decisions.
Examination of variability of ability and experience among students. Investigation and application of assessment tools and instructional design strategies that provide differentiated support for the success of all students.
Exploration of our evolving understanding of autism in the research literature, educational practice, and popular imagination. Examination and application of instructional strategies for supporting autistic students in communication, organization, and social interaction.
Examination of research, policy, and practice of co-teaching and collaboration models that support general education and special education students in inclusive classrooms.
Investigation of the historical, philosophical, legal, political and sociological constructions of disability in education. Analysis of application of current law to classroom and school policies and practices.