Contact Us

For more information regarding the degree in Differentiated Instruction, please contact the program director:
Dr. Rene' Hauser
Plassmann Hall B06
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-4078
Email: rhauser@sbu.edu

To Apply

If you wish to apply to this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at (716) 375-2021 or by email at gradsch@sbu.edu for graduate admission materials.


What Can I Do With This Major?

MSED IN DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION — GIFTED

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

Coursework and field experience are designed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with special gifts and talents and those with significant learning and behavior challenges. 

The Differentiated Instruction 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.

The program is intended to help prepare teachers to meet the needs of the full range of students in today's inclusive and heterogeneous classrooms and has been designed in response to the need for teachers skilled in differentiated instruction strategies appropriate to the growing population of learners who are diverse in their learning and/or behavioral characteristics.

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. The degree can be completed in as little as one year on the Olean campus and 16 months at the Buffalo Center.

Students who do not hold a Students with Disabilities certificate should apply to the Differentiated Instruction – Students with Disabilities MSED program. 

For more information about this and other Differentiated Instruction programs, please contact Dr. René Garrison, program director (see below), or take a look at our e-brochure.

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.

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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 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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