Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Program Apart?

The Master of Arts in Inclusive Education is a unique degree dedicated to educators who want to improve the inclusive environment of their classroom, school, or district. The objectives of this program will benefit classrooms from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

RESEARCH SUPPORTED, APPLICATION BASED

The primary goal of the MA in Inclusive Education is to move proven research methods into practicing educators’ classrooms to create a truly inclusive environment. Educators will learn how to adapt and apply best practices to their unique classrooms so that all students are valued and have access to meaningful participation in both the academic and social domains of education. Through interactive online methods, each course will employ practices to be used in the classroom.

CONTINUOUS COACHING

One of the most valuable benefits of the MA in Inclusive Education is the collaborative coaching provided by instructors. Our professors don’t simply lecture about theories and research, expecting you to self-administer. They are there to guide implementation, celebrate in your successes, and help mend classroom disappointments. The faculty at UM-Flint are passionate about making noticeable improvements in your classroom.

DESIRABLE SKILLS

The core curriculum can give students the essential skills administrators covet when hiring new teachers or looking for improvements within their school districts. The program covers topics such as: academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of students with exceptionalities; how to screen and identify students with social and behavioral difficulties; and how to implement research based academic, social, and behavioral interventions with fidelity.

IMPROVED LEARNING FOR ALL

While the strategies studied in this program will help students with exceptionalities, the skills learned will be applicable to all students in your classroom. Undoubtedly, your overall classroom practice will be improved as part of successful inclusive practices.

ONE-OF-A-KIND PROGRAM - 100% online

While there are a variety of programs that focus on inclusion, very few have an applied approach like the MA in Inclusive Education at UM-Flint. Furthermore, the part-time, 100% online format gives teachers the convenience to attend while working. The program’s 10 classes/30 credits can be completed in as little as 20 months. Students will learn in a collaborative cohort format that promotes sharing of ideas and successful practices across school districts.

U-M RESOURCES

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint students can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses. “Maize and Blue through and through,” our supportive community provides students with invaluable assistance in research, networking, and other initiatives.

Courses

Requirements

Students must successfully complete 30 credit hours of graduate course work. The MA in Inclusive Education can be completed in as little as 20 months.

Fall Year 1

  • EDN 505 – Inclusion in Today’s Classrooms and Society
  • EDN 515 – Teaching Exceptional Students

Winter Year 1

  • EDN 502 – Family, School, and Community Collaboration for Students with Special Needs
  • EDN 565 – Social and Behavioral Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

Spring Year 1

  • EDR 522 – Teaching English Language Learners in the K-12 Classroom
  • EDR 645* – Literacy Instruction for Students Identified with Special Needs

Students will take one of the two courses listed above; both courses will be offered.
*EDR 645 is an approved State of Michigan reading diagnostic course and satisfies the state’s requirement.

Summer Year 1

  • EDN 525 – Technology in the Inclusive Classroom 

Fall Year 2

  • EDN 655 – Research Seminar in Special Education
  • EDN 665 – Methods for Differentiation and Remediation

Winter Year 2

  • EDN 635 – Poverty and Culture in the Classroom
  • EDN 695 – Capstone

Use of Technology

All courses will be online utilizing the University of Michigan-Flint’s Blackboard system. Students will need reliable internet service, a device to record videos (e.g..., phone, laptop, tablet), and a webcam to participate in online meetings.

Transfer of Credit

Up to six semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at a regionally accredited institution may be accepted for transfer. Transfer of credit is subject to the approval of the program director.

Additional information on the Master of Arts in Inclusive Education including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Admission

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Teacher’s certification (any state/country) or proof of experience in early childhood settings
  • Candidate must be currently teaching or have reasonable access to children, youth, or adolescents to complete required fieldwork
State Authorization for Online Students

The federal government requires universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, especially if it leads to professional licensure, please visit umflint.edu/oel/online-state-authorization to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission​
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Statement of Purpose: submit a typewritten statement describing your experiences with inclusion as well as your goals for entering the graduate program and how these goals connect to your views on teaching and learning.
  • Résumé
  • Copy of teaching certificate or signed Proof of Experience form
  • Three letters of recommendation: from individuals familiar with your work in academic or professional contexts. Electronic recommendation requests are sent out as a part of the online application process.
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. The Inclusive Education program is an online program. Students admitted to this program
    are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission by the School of Education and Human Services, all applications materials must be submitted on or before:

Fall (early deadline): May 1*
Fall (final deadline): August 1

*Apply early to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research opportunities. The deadline for international students applying to the program is May 1.