Inclusive education and leadership

This specialization prepares students to work in K-12 schools and other education-centered contexts in a variety of inclusive roles. We develop teachers, leaders, and change-agents who can effectively assess students and understand diverse needs, develop instruction and supports that are universally designed and differentiated, understand multicultural perspectives, and collaborate with colleagues and communities to increase inclusion for youth who struggle or who have traditionally been marginalized. A yearlong internship in schools or other approved organization will provide students with diverse experiences to prepare them for future careers as:

  • inclusive special or general education classroom teachers;
  • inclusive education specialist or consultants;
  • teacher leaders and department chairs;
  • inclusive specialists at research and advocacy organizations;
  • inclusive specialists at community centers, agencies, or non-profit organizations; and 
  • school administrators.*

Note: This specialization does not lead to Maine’s Special Education administrator certification; students interested in Special Education Administration should consider our Special Education Administrator specialization.