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

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

✔ ESL, special education, all content areas, instructional coaches, school leaders
✔ All grade levels
✔ 15 PDPs in English Learner Education


This 15 PDP course focuses on determining language and/or learning differences within the English learner population, providing 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).


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

Course Schedule & Registration

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Online Format

2 synchronous (live) online sessions plus 3 asynchronous independent work modules (15 hours)

A hybrid format with in-person sessions is available for in-district courses only.


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


Payment & Refund Policies

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