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.
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. The program's faculty are there to guide implementation, celebrate in your successes, and support you in navigating challenging situations in your classroom.
The core curriculum gives students the essential skills administrators covet when hiring new teachers and looking to improve inclusivity within their school districts. The program covers characteristics of students with exceptionalities; how to identify students with social and behavioral difficulties; and implement research-based academic, social, and behavioral interventions; how to meet the needs of students in poverty and culturally diverse students in the inclusive classroom; how to implement technology and Universal Design for Learning; and best practices for collaborating with families and in interdisciplinary teams.
IMPROVED LEARNING FOR ALL
While the strategies studied in this program will help educators create a more inclusive environment for 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.
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.