Overview & Mission


The Department of Special Education is routinely ranked among the top 10 departments nationally that offer graduate programs in Special Education according to the annual U.S. News and World Report. We offer graduate 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 such topics as, supporting bilingual students with disabilities, interventions to teach reading and mathematics to students with learning disabilities, design and evaluation of assistive technology, educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, transition and post school employment for persons with disabilities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Special Education is to advance society's knowledge about disabilities and to enhance the capacity of society to accommodate and fully include persons with individual differences by preparing outstanding teachers, educators, counselors, educational leaders, rehabilitation professionals, and researchers.