Teaching and Learning - Diverse Learners

Lander University

M.Ed. On Campus
24 months
11250 USD/year
5900 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Diverse Learners concentration area is designed for licensed professionals who may be interested in seeking either add-on teacher certification in Learning Disabilities (LD) or an English as a Second Language (ESOL) endorsement. With the changing demographics in today’s public schools, teachers who are able to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners are in great demand. 


The primary outcomes for candidates pursuing the Diverse Learners Concentration are focused on developing an advanced level of knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with teaching students with diverse learning needs through a variety of research-based instructional strategies, including the use of technology. 

A more in-depth understanding of the learning characteristics of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those with exceptional learning needs, along with the ability to create positive learning environments for these students, will be the crux of this concentration area. 

In addition, candidates will develop their skills in critically examining and using research to inform their practice and they will develop the competence and confidence to serve as advocates for their students and provide leadership in their schools.

While evaluation of an individual’s transcript is required in order to verify the specific courses and Praxis II examinations needed for any add-on certification area, in most cases the required courses offered through the Diverse Learners path should prepare a licensed educator with the needed coursework, knowledge, skills and dispositions for certification in Learning Disabilities. 

The outcomes for the Diverse Learners concentration area include:

Professional Knowledge

  • Candidates will acquire in-depth knowledge of learner characteristics and language acquisition that apply to teaching children and adolescents with exceptional learning needs and those with limited English proficiency.

Professional Practice

  • Candidates will expand their level of competence in planning, implementing and assessing instruction that is responsive to the intellectual, psychological, social and physical needs of students with exceptional learning needs and those with limited English proficiency.
  • Candidates will develop advanced skills in the use of a variety of instructional strategies, including technological formats, for teaching content area reading and writing to students with exceptional learning needs and those with limited English proficiency.

Professional Inquiry and Leadership

  • Candidates will demonstrate an advanced level of competence for working collaboratively and effectively with other professionals in their field.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching Reading and Writing to Limited English Proficient (LEP) Learners
  • Principles for Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners
  • Behavior and Classroom Management
  • Assessment of Diverse Learners

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completed application for admission
  • Three official Lander Graduate recommendation forms
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11250 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5900 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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