School of Education - George Mason University

Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners

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Interact and collaborate with teachers from around the world. Using research-based practices you will have hands-on experience to try out new pedagogical practices.

The Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program is designed to prepare teachers to work with diverse students around the world. Combining knowledge on language learners, special needs and gifted students, the program helps teachers provide differentiated, inquiry-focused instruction to all PK-Adult students. If you are interested in entering the field of education or have been a teacher for a number of years, the Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners can provide you with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to support learning, differentiate student needs, and create better, more socially just classrooms around the world.

What You Learn

Students complete a series of core coursework together in addition to coursework specific to their concentration. Most MEd programs are 30-36 credits; some concentrations offer options for initial teacher licensure as well as advanced credentials in the following fields:

Teaching in Diverse Classrooms

Culturally and linguistically diverse and exceptional learners have unique needs that require skilled educators to differentiate instruction, provide culturally appropriate resources and learning opportunities, collaborate with other professionals to support students’ learning, and advocate for learners & their families on a wide range of issues. The Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners program prepares educators with these skills, together, so that knowledge and experience can be shared across disciplines to support learners.

Why Choose Us

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with teachers from around the world. In addition to the research-based practices you’ll gain in the program, you’ll have the opportunity to have hands-on experience to try out new pedagogical practices. Courses require 15 hours of field experience, allowing teachers in PK-12 schools to learn to effectively teach and engage culturally and linguistically diverse and exceptional learners. You will learn how to work in cross-programmatic teams, co-teaching and planning strategies, problem solving and what it means to be an interculturally competent educator. With secondary certificates designed to provide licensure or other qualifications, graduates of the program will be prepared to work in diverse classrooms around the world.