Special Education

Innovative research with a global impact

#5 ranked program in special education by the US News and World ReportThe 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 sixth among publics and seventh 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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Graduate Programs

Master’s and doctoral programs that inspire students to conduct research and work as advocates for special education. Engage in coursework led by experts in the field, and innovative research aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.

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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate students can major in special education which leads to teacher certification in special education (EC-12) and general education (EC-6). Students learn the foundations of teaching and supporting children with mild to severe disabilities.

Feature Stories

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Soyoung Park an Inaugural Recipient of the President's Award for Global Learning

Park and her team will explore whether culturally grounded intervention programs can have an impact on people’s opinions on mental illness and suicide in South Korea.

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Assistant Professor Jessica Toste gets “STAMP” of Approval as a 2018 Provost’s Teaching Fellow

Toste’s project, STAMP of Success in Doctoral Education: Student Training, Advising, and Mentorship Practices, looks at the role of supervisory relationships in shaping doctoral students’ training and success. She is the first faculty member in our department to win this award.

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Special Education Assistant Professor Earns Early Career Award

Incoming Assistant Professor Peng Peng was named the recipient of the 2018 Early Career Award for Contributions to Research from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Peng's research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms underlying different types of learning disabilities.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
February 1, 2019 Council for Exceptional Children, UT COE reception, Indianapolis, IN
March 29, 2019 Autism Conference, Department of Special Education, College of Education, Austin, TX
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Featuring a keynote by Dr. Fred Volkmar at 3 p.m. called The Changing Face of Autism: A Developmental Perspective