Biddeford, ME The University of New England’s Master of Education (MSEd) program is pleased to announce that they sponsored the National Inclusion Project’s 3rd annual Golfing For Inclusion benefit event, held on February 1, 2010 at the Country Club at Marisol in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The event was hosted by singer and actor Clay Aiken and PGA tour professional Wayne Player.
The benefit event was designed to assist disabled children and increase awareness of the challenges that young people with disabilities face. “The University of New England’s Department of Education was pleased to sponsor the National Inclusion Project and this extraordinary event,” says Dr. Douglas J. Lynch, Chair of the UNE Department of Education. “Finding creative ways to include children in all aspects of life is a major goal of our program,” says Lynch. “By drawing attention to the National Inclusion Project and the need for inclusive activities, we hope to change the face of education in the US.”
The University of New England offers various online education degrees including the Masters in Education with a concentration on Inclusion Education. “Fifty years ago, special education was unheard of; children with disabilities were unable to participate in meaningful education programs because everyone made the assumption that a disabled child was unteachable,” says Lynch. “With the advent of federally funded special education programs, more disabled children were admitted to the school system.” That’s a start, says Lynch, “but we found that admission is simply not enough.”
Lynch says that his department’s focus on inclusion takes special education to the next level. “Our Masters in Education enables teachers to develop creative, effective teaching strategies that foster a truly inclusive atmosphere for students with disabilities in their own districts and classrooms. By allowing all students to learn in an inclusive environment, we can not only prepare students with disabilities for a more independent life, but we can also prepare able-bodied students to think, work and live in a highly inclusive atmosphere.”
About The University of New England
The University of New England is located on campuses in Biddeford and Portland, ME and offers more than 80 graduate and undergraduate programs in health, education, science and liberal arts concentrations. The University Of New England’s Department of Education offers online Masters in Education programs with concentrations in Curriculum & Instruction Strategies, Literacy (K-12), Educational Leadership and Inclusion Education. The Inclusion Education concentration offers methods and strategies for teaching all students in inclusion settings and offers special coursework in the use of a wide range of assistive technologies. For more information on the Department of Education’s online Master of Education programs, please visit the University of New England online education webpage.