Special Education

Innovative research with a global impact

The Department of Special Education is routinely ranked among the top 10 peer departments in the nation. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked us fourth among publics and tied for fifth overall. We offer students the opportunity to gain specialist training and research experience with diverse populations across the life span. Our faculty are actively involved in innovative research that has a global impact on topics like supporting bilingual students with disabilities, math and reading interventions, design and evaluation of assistive technology, educating students with autism spectrum disorders, and the transition and post-school employment for people with disabilities.

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Diane Pedrotty Bryant serves as guest editor for the journal TEACHING Exceptional Children

Department of Special Education professor and MCPER project director, Mathematics Institute, Diane Pedrotty Bryant recently served as the guest editor for a special series on intensifying interventions for students with persistent and severe mathematics difficulties in the journal TEACHING Exceptional Children. The special series includes articles authored by prominent mathematics researchers with an emphasis on translating research findings into teacher-focused practices, which can be used with students who struggle learning algebra-related concepts and skills. Practical techniques for providing intensive interventions along with sample lessons, tasks, and activities are included to assist special education and remedial teachers in implementing the presented ideas.

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The Meadows Foundation Fulfills Funding Commitment to Meadows Center with $2 Million Award

The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce that The Meadows Foundation recently fulfilled its $4 million commitment to The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) at the College of Education by awarding the center $2 million this winter, nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Our Students’ Performance on BACB Exam Exceeds National Average

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board recently published pass-rate data for approved course sequences for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification exam.

82% of first-time test takers who qualified for the exam by completing the Department of Special Education Autism and Developmental Disabilities BCBA course sequence passed the BCBA exam.

A total of 4,096 first-time test takers sat for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam in 2016, with a passing rate of 66%.

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MCPER receives $3.2 million federal grant

The grant will support a randomized controlled trials study on algebra-readiness instructional content and interventions for middle school students with mathematics difficulties.