Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners with Special Needs (EL-113)

Determining language and/or learning differences within the English learner population

Course Dates & Registration

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This 15 PDP course focusing on determining language and/or learning differences within our English learner population in grades provides hands-on learning experiences covering the following topics:

  • Challenges in determining language vs. learning differences.
  • Exploring federal and state language learning, Special Education and civil rights law.
  • What is “equity” for ELs with potential or actual disabilities?
  • Developing an action plan for collegial and administrative collaboration across disciplines.
  • Working with culturally and linguistically diverse families.
  • Culturally and linguistically responsive assessment.
  • Best practices and resources related to working with English Learners with disabilities (including case study analysis).

Now offered online! MATSOL online courses provide an engaging and interactive learning experience with activities that promote meaningful interaction between participants and the instructor, including breakout rooms for small group work, polls, chats, discussion boards, and other opportunities for sharing and collaboration. 


School educators, administrators, school psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologists or other support personnel who work with English learners.


MATSOL offers this course in two formats (both 15 hours)

  • Online: 2 synchronous (live) online sessions plus 3 asynchronous independent work modules.
  • Blended: Two 6-hour face-to-face sessions with 3 hours of asynchronous independent work modules between sessions. (NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED)


Fulfills requirement for 15 PDPs in English learner education or special education for recertification.


One graduate credit is available through Fitchburg State University for an additional fee of $210.00.

Payent & Refund Policies

See MATSOL Course Registration & Payment Policies. Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days before the first class meeting.