University of Birmingham [United Kingdom]
  • Lecturer in Inclusive Education
  • Programme Director, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN)
+44 (0)121 414 7102
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

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Dr Matthew Schuelka is Lecturer in Inclusive Education and also serves as the Programme Director for the Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN) programme at the University of Birmingham – both in the United Kingdom and in Dubai.

He comes from a diverse background of study, research, and teaching experience in the United States, Bhutan, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. Past school teaching experience includes general education, music education, language arts, and special/inclusive education. Dr Schuelka is very active in inclusive education development, policy, and understanding around the world. He has been involved in educational research and development projects in places such as the United States, Serbia, Zambia, India, Japan, Malaysia, and especially Bhutan. He is a consulting advisor at ICI's Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education and has undertaken research and consultation for UNICEF, USAID, JICA, the British Academy, and the Toyota Foundation.

Dr. Schuelka has a wide research focus on inclusive education policy, systems, and structures; inclusion as a whole-school approach (i.e. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Universal Design for Learning, and other frameworks); educational anthropology; and disability studies.



Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education (GRC)

Collaborates with national education agencies, non-governmental organizations, and universities around the world in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that…


Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions

Supports the inclusive community employment of youth and young adults with disabilities in Bhutan, a mountainous kingdom in south central Asia. This program of research and development will be…


NCEO Technical Reports: Diploma Options, Graduation Requirements, and Exit Exams for Youth with Disabilities: 2011 National Study (#62)

A report documenting results from the fifth in a series of similar studies on state graduation policies and diploma options conducted by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). The…

Published: April 2012


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