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 designed to inspire students to conduct research and work in the field of 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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Autism Bridges

One of the department's goals is to connect with the broader austin community on issues related to Autism. Learn more about the first lab in a college of education in the U.S. that studies brain activity in children as young as 12 months and other outreach efforts by the department.

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Clinical Assistant Professor Katie Tackett Wins Massey Award

The Massey Award recognizes a “teacher of teachers,” who inspires and prepares future elementary and secondary teachers.

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Christian Doabler, Meadows Center Receive $2.5 Million Grant to Design a Core Science Program

The primary aim of this 4-year project (Scientific Explorers) is to iteratively develop and rigorously test the promise of a core science program aimed at promoting an early foundation for learning science among all second grade students, including students at risk for or with learning disabilities and dyslexia.


Date Details
August 22 Fall 2018 New Student Orientation, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location and additional details coming soon.