The MSEd in Differentiated Instruction (Special Education) at St. Bonaventure University is a unique degree is designed for general or special education teachers in all developmental areas who wish to meet the needs of students in increasingly diverse classrooms.

MSED IN DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION — GIFTED & STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Differentiated Instruction Special EducationThis unique degree is designed for general or special education teachers in all developmental areas who wish to meet the needs of students in increasingly diverse classrooms.

Coursework and field experiences are designed to build skills in meeting the needs of students with very diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The Differentiated Instruction – Students with Disabilities Master’s program provides teachers with extended research-based knowledge in the areas of assessment, differentiated instructional strategies, behavioral strategies, collaborative teamwork, assistive technology, and other inclusive education issues.

This program was developed in response to the increasing demand for teachers who have the skills to meet the needs of students with a wide range of exceptionalities in diverse classrooms. Exceptionalities include those students with significant learning, behavioral or communication difficulties as well as those who may be identified as gifted and/or talented.

This MSED meets the criteria for, and may be used in partial fulfillment of, the requirements for professional (permanent) teacher certification in New York, and also meets the coursework requirement for the gifted education extension and students with disabilities certification.

Students with disabilities certification may be obtained in one of three developmental areas, Birth – grade 2, grades 1-6, or 7-12 generalist. Graduate students who currently hold an existing Students with Disabilities Certification MAY obtain an additional certification in a different developmental area. 

For more information about this and other Differentiated Instruction programs, please contact Dr. René Garrison, program director. (see below)

Internships

You may register for an internship once you have completed 18 credit hours in your master's program.  The application should be filed by mid-semester of the semester prior to your internship in order to allow time for the placement to be arranged.  Please make an appointment with the department chair to discuss your  application.  The chairperson's signature is required before the Office of Field Services will act on your application.  It is important to note that you will have one semester from your starting date in which to complete your 50 clock hours.  During that interval you will be observed at least two times by the university supervisor. 

Please email Dr. Rene' E. Hauser with any questions about Differentiated Instruction Internships.


Contact Information
If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at St. Bonaventure University at (716) 375-2021 or gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials.

For more information regarding the degree in differentiated instruction, please contact
Dr. Rene' Hauser, Director 
Plassmann Hall B06, St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4078

 

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Lawrence-Brown, Diana

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Differentiated Instruction
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2165
E-Mail: dlawrenc@sbu.edu 
Website: http://sched.sbu.edu/faculty/dbrown/ 
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B16
Courses Taught
  • DIFF 503. Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities 
  • DIFF 511. Foundations of Inclusive Education 
  • DIFF 515. Assistive Technology 
  • SPED 450. Advanced Teaching Methods for Students with Disabilities 
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Department of Learning and Instruction, Inclusive Education, University at Buffalo
  • M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo
  • B.S.Ed., Elementary & Special Education, Clarion State College
Personal Interests/Community Involvement
  • Social justice issues
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Hiking/camping
  • Watching stand-up comedy.
Other Education
Professional Background
Accomplishments
  • Lawrence-Brown, D.& Sapon-Shevin, M. (2014). Condition Critical: Key Principles for Equitable and Inclusive Schooling. New York: Teachers College Press (Disability, Culture, and Equity series).
  • Magiera, K., Lawrence-Brown, D., Bloomquist, K., Foster, C., Figueroa, A., Glatz, K. Heppeler, D., Rodriguez, P. (2006). On the Road to More Collaborative Teaching. Teaching Exceptional Children Plus, 2(5), 1-12
  • Lawrence-Brown, D. & Muschaweck, K. (2004). Getting Started with Collaborative Teamwork for Inclusion. Catholic Education, 8(2), 146-161
  • Richardson, G., Lawrence-Brown, D., & Paige, S. (2004). Rejecting Pygmalion: The Social and Cultural Capital of Working-Class Women Ph.D. Students. Race, Gender, and Class 
  • Lawrence-Brown, D. (2004). Differentiated instruction: Inclusive Strategies for Standards-based Learning That Benefit the Whole Class. American Secondary Education, 32(3), 34-62
  • Lawrence-Brown, D. (2000). The Segregation of Stephen. In Cornbleth, C. (Ed.), Curriculum Politics, Policy, and Practice. Albany: SUNY Press
Teaching Philosophy Given individualized supports, all students can learn utilizing authentic instruction that is grounded, applied, and assessed in "real-life" community environments.
Current Research Interests/Projects
  • Teacher education and curriculum, specializing in authentic and responsive pedagogy for diverse learners.
  • Interaction of education policy and practice, including how power is exercised in schools and who benefits.
  • History of education, especially inclusion of individuals with disabilities in schools, communities, and society.
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