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Master in Special Education in a Bilingual Context

Mode of study On campus
Friday afternoons
Duration and credits 1 year
Dates September-June
Location Courses: Alcalá de Henares
Practicum: Schools in Madrid
Language of instruction English


Disabilities in the classroom_redimensionada

Créditos: 3. Language: English

Examination of historical, social, and legal foundations of education in general, and more specifically, of special education in Spain and the US. Issues, trends, and legislation affecting the provision of services in school, home, and employment, with a focus on inclusion of individuals with disabilities in school and community setting.

cute kid with down's syndrome playing in kindergarten

Créditos: 3. Language: English

This course helps to generate a definition of “disability.” It explores the different nature of common special educational needs both in and out of the school setting. Developmental disability, autism and Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, gifted and talented learners, as well as any other conditions will be explored. The course also provides knowledge about the complex processes involved in the inclusion of children with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms and schools.

Toddler learning the alphabet with a language therapist in a special education class

Créditos: 3. Language: English

This course focuses on providing the learner with knowledge and skills in assessing, planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating instruction of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities. Topics include characteristics of students with special education needs, linking assessment with instruction, validated teaching methods and strategies, accommodations, modifications (Individualized Education Programs), and the use of assistive technology. An emphasis is placed on methodology that is appropriate for inclusive teaching environments.


Créditos: 3.  Language: English

This course provides an overview of a well-planned, modified, and articulated curriculum that can provide students with special needs and disabilities access to the general curriculum, integration and effective instructional support. Students will learn to design and implement special needs’ resources and tools that help with curriculum design, lesson planning, classroom design, and more.


English letters on blue background composed from colorful abc alphabet leter. Learning english or other language concept

The goal of this course is teach students about the different levels of the CEFR and how the framework should be adapted to teach English to Students with special needs in a bilingual classroom.

Students will learn and practice that this is not a matter to lowering expectations down, but rather to adapt to an adequate framework of reference what students should learn according to their learning style.

Students will work specifically with levels A1 and A2 of the CEFR and will explore how to create a similar tool adapted to special needs students.  This tool will be a guideline to determine objectives, plan lessons, and evaluate students.


Teacher reprimanding misbehaved child sitting at light classroom

Créditos: 3. Language: English

This course is designed to explore best practices of effective classroom management and individual behavior intervention strategies. Emphasis will be given to creating proactive learning environments through positive behavioral interventions and support. Discussions of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans will be included.


Children computer class us for education and video game. Boys and girls in children's club developing computer games. New technologies alternative to classical training. Children with passion.

Créditos: 3. Language: English

Students will learn how new technology can be incorporated in the classroom and how to use and adapt it in all subjects. Also, cultural and linguistic differentiated teaching will be studied and practiced in this course.

Career adviser assembling the word career with six wooden cubes in a conceptual image of personal guidance towards self realization.

Créditos: 3.  Language: English

In this course students will learn about the trends in special education, including the latest theories, techniques, and advances in Special Education. Strategies for students to have an autonomous and successful adult life will be explored.  Finally, students will also learn about the curricular opportunities for young adults and the professional future for adults in an inclusive scenario.

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