About Us

The Department of Special Education is a collaboration between faculty, students, staff, and resources aimed at improving the quality of life and promoting success for individuals with disabilities. Our graduate programs are driven by research that aims to support equitable educational opportunities for all members of society. Our department is currently ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The innovative research from our department has a deep global impact. Our students and faculty are actively involved with topics such as intensive interventions in reading and mathematics, supporting English language learners, special education service delivery, assistive technology, and behavioral interventions for students with autism.

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Welcome to the Department of Special Education. Hear from department chair Dr. Mark O'Reilly on the strengths of our department in research and teaching.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to advance society's knowledge about disabilities. We strive to enhance the capacity of schools and society to fully include persons with individual differences by preparing outstanding researchers, teachers, board certified behavior analysts, educational leaders, policy makers, and rehabilitation professionals.

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Our Faculty

Our award-winning faculty work closely with students in the classroom and through research that improves the practices for teaching those with disabilities.

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Explore videos related to the research and work accomplished in the Department of Special Education. Our faculty are highly engaged in current topics and trends in special education. Hear discussions on how the research conducted in our graduate programs by both professors and graduate students have a direct impact on the lives of people with disabilities.

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The Department of Special Education is located on the third floor, Room 306, of the Sanchez Building (SZB) on the main campus of UT Austin.