Special Education Undergraduate Studies

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Undergraduate Advisor
Kathryn Tackett

All-Level Special Education

The College of Education offers an All-Level Special Education major that leads to teacher certification in both general education (EC-6) and special education (EC-12). This major is a 5-semester program that includes coursework, field experiences and student teaching.

Students with a background in special education are in high demand by elementary and secondary schools. Our program offers training from highly-ranked faculty who share their knowledge of effective interventions and education of a diverse group of students with or without disabilities. Students in this program will graduate with over 1500 hours of valuable teaching experience, and will be ready to enter the classroom.

The undergraduate coursework in Special Education has a focus on teaching practices and learning interventions for students with a wide range of disabilities, and who come from socially and linguistically diverse populations.

Youth and Community Studies

The college also offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students to work with children with disabilities outside of the classroom. The Youth and Community Studies major allows students a concentration in special populations, which provides an overview of communication disorders, increasing cultural awareness, and developing systems for individuals with disabilities.

Students in this major have flexible career options and can pursue careers in social work, counseling, youth development programs, coaching and more.

Master’s Programs

Students who are nearing the end of their undergraduate studies, but do not have time to complete the 5-semester All-Level Special Education major have additional options for special education teacher certification. The High Incidence Disabilities master’s program offers an M.Ed. as well as a special education teacher certification which can be completed in one and a half years.

Undergraduate Faculty

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Nathan Clemens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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Christian T. Doabler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Terry Falcomata, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor
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James Patton, Ed.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor
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Sarah Powell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Micheal Sandbank

Assistant Professor
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Kathryn Tackett, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Advisor
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Jessica Toste, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor