Trinity Launches a Diverse Learners Master’s Program for Fall 2019

Apr 01, 2019

Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Master’s Degree program in Special Education—Diverse Learners. This Master of Arts degree leads to an ESL (English as a Second Language) and LBS I (Learning Behavior Specialist) grade range endorsement, which can be added to graduates’ Professional Educator’s License (PEL). The program, designed for teachers who currently have their licenses, can be completed in 18 months.

“We have done extensive outreach and realized there is a need for graduate programs that prepare teachers to work with diverse learners and individuals with higher behavioral needs,” said Dr. Sara Baillie, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Special Education and Director of the Graduate Programs in Special Education at Trinity. “We are excited to offer a degree that leads to both of these endorsements.”

The program can also be completed in 12 months for those seeking an ESL endorsement.

The new program joins two other MA Special Education programs that Trinity currently offers. Those include the MA in Special Education, which allows licensed teachers to add the LBS I to their PEL; and the MA in Special Education- Behavior Intervention Specialist, which allows students to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam upon completion. For the already licensed special education teacher, the MA in Special Education-BIS program leads to the LBS II: Behavior Intervention Specialist as well.

“All of our MA programs meet one night per week with additional work completed online,” said Baillie. “This model allows for flexibility for our students, while still building lasting relationships with professors and colleagues in the field.”

For more information about the new Diverse Learner’s program, click here.