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. 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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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%.