Diverse Learners Concentration

The diverse learners concentration in the Master of Arts in Education tackles critical challenges of teaching in the 21st century. This program prepares teachers to identify and address the opportunities and challenges of a diverse student population and supports teachers in the development of knowledge, dispositions and practices to best serve their students’ varied needs and talents.

Concentration Highlights

  • Program total: 32 credit hours (degree and concentration)
  • Develop the ability to create an inclusive environment for classroom populations that might include diversity in areas such as:
    • Ethnicity
    • Culture
    • Religion
    • Economic advantage and disadvantages
    • Learning challenges and disabilities
    • Second-language learners
  • Format: evening or evening/online combination

Educator's Discount

FinancialAid_Scholarships_Educators In appreciation of the services offered to our community by educators at all levels, Fontbonne University offers a 15 percent discount to qualified individuals enrolled in graduate coursework.

Qualified educators include those who work at least half-time in a nursery school, a pre-K through 12 school system or post-secondary institution.

A discount application form is available from the Fontbonne admission representative or program director with whom you are working. The form must be completed each semester or enrollment term to receive the discount.

Specialty Course Requirements

  • EDU 528

    Differentiated Instruction

    3 hours

    This course examines components of differentiated and
    brain-compatible instruction. Using best practice models,
    participants review, evaluate, and apply methodologies
    which lead to curriculum development, lesson/unit
    planning, effective integration of technology, and other
    elements which support brain-compatible and
    differentiated instruction. Ways of aligning appropriate
    assessment methods and making data-driven decisions are
    addressed. Students reflect upon ways in which time,
    resources, and energy can be focused to strengthen
    differentiated instruction, ensuring that all students have
    access to the curriculum and to meaningful learning.

  • EDU 529

    Enhancing Student Achievement through Positive Behavioral Supports

    3 credits

    This course focuses upon positive school climate and productive behavior of diverse students in inclusive, educational settings. A major component of this course is the study of research-validated practices that support classroom management and school-wide management procedures. A framework of effective behavior supports is applied that maximizes achievement and socialization for school-wide, classroom, and individualized programs. Emphasis is placed upon the teacher’s role in developing and sustaining student motivation, self-regulation, and resiliency. Importance of collaboration with colleagues, administration, family, and community will also be addressed.

  • EDU 530

    Understanding the Diverse Learner

    3 hours

    This course focuses on the impact of culture upon student
    achievement, the cognitive styles of diverse learners and
    the context of the predominant school culture in which
    they find themselves. Theories that address the academic
    achievement gap and the over-identification of diverse
    learners for special services are discussed. Research on
    the importance of the teacher-student relationship as it
    affects achievement is also examined.

  • EDU 551

    Literature-Based Reading for Diverse Learners

    3 hours

    An exploration of quality, authentic books for young
    people from pre-kindergarten through the middle school
    years. Participants will explore a range of literature for
    young people and develop ways to adapt literature to the
    numerous cultures and customs found among students in
    school settings.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies: (314) 863-2220 | gradstudies@fontbonne.edu