Master of Education in Inclusive Education

Inclusive Education

Reading and writing are fundamental skills that all students need to build a lifetime of success. Students who face challenges learning how to read and write need caring and passionate educators who are proficient in reading and literacy education to help them overcome their challenges and build their love of learning.

You can be that educator by earning your Master of Education in Inclusive Education: Dyslexia, ELL and Cultural Competence from Heritage University. This M.Ed. program gives students an in-depth knowledge base related to the theories, practice, pedagogy and technology in the field of reading education.

About Our Program

Heritage’s Master of Inclusive Education: Dyslexia, ELL and Cultural Competence combines a reading endorsement with the ELL endorsement to fulfill the requirements of a master’s degree. It includes heavy emphasis in both cultural competency and best practices
for working with dyslexic students.

Participants learn how to identify, evaluate and deliver specialized instruction to students who, for reasons of language barriers or learning disorders, are struggling to learn how to read and write. There are two pathways to earning this master’s degree: course-based with a blended online and face-to-face delivery model, or competency-based, where candidates complete a portfolio of evidence and pass an objective exam to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Candidates who completed all coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0, or demonstrate proficiency, and receive a passing score on the NES Essential Components for Elementary Reading Instruction exam earn a Reading Endorsement and qualify to teach reading across all grade levels and to teach reading within their area of concentration.

After completing the coursework and/ or proficiencies, candidates will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Foundational Knowledge: knowledge of the theoretical, historical and evidence-based foundations of literacy and language and the ways in which they interrelate and the role of literacy professionals in schools.
  • Reading Differences: Knowledge of diverse reading profiles, including dyslexia, and the provisions of federal, state and local law and policies pertaining to learning disabilities; identify and explain aspects of cognition and behavior that affect reading and writing development.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Use of foundational knowledge to critique and implement literacy curricula to meet the needs of all learners and to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction for all learners; understand and apply the principles and practice of structured literacy instruction including explicit, systematic, cumulative, teacher-directed instruction.
  • Assessment and Evaluation: Understand, select and use valid, reliable, fair and appropriate assessment tools to screen, diagnose and measure student literacy achievement; inform instruction and evaluate interventions; participate in professional learning experiences; explain assessment results and advocate for appropriate literacy practices to relevant stakeholders.
  • Diversity and Equity: Demonstrate knowledge of research, relevant theories, pedagogies, essential concepts of diversity and equity; demonstrate and provide opportunities for understanding all forms of diversity as central to students’ identities; create classrooms and schools that are inclusive and affirming; advocate for equity at school, district and community levels.
  • Learners and the Literacy Environment: Meet the developmental needs of all learners and collaborate with school personnel to use a variety of print and digital materials to engage and motivate all learners; integrate digital technologies in appropriate, safe and effective ways; foster a positive climate that supports a literacy-rich learning environment.
  • Professional Dispositions and Practices: Recognize the importance of, participate in and facilitate ongoing professional learning as part of career-long leadership roles and responsibilities; act in the best interests of struggling readers and readers with dyslexia and other reading disorders.

Heritage University’s M.Ed. in Inclusive Education is developed according to the Washington Educator Standards along with the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading from the International Dyslexia Association and the International Literacy Association.

Degree Offerings

Graduate Education Department

Master of Education Degree, M.Ed.
Inclusive Education

Endorsement
Reading and ELL/BLE

Program Faculty & Staff

Shari Foster

Shari Foster

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Yusuf Incetas

Yusuf Incetas

Associate Professor

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Jennifer Johann

Adjunct Faculty

Paul Landry

Paul Landry

Associate Professor

Margarita Magana

Margarita Magana

Instructor

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Kristen Maxwell

Director of Outreach and Recruitment

Corey McKenna

Corey McKenna

Project Director

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Ed Rousculp

Special Assistant for Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Director, CILT

Kari Terjeson

Kari Terjeson

Chair, Department of Teacher Education