The Department of Special Education is currently ranked seventh in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. This is largely due to the research conducted by our faculty and graduate students.
Our research has an important global impact. The underlying drive of our research aims to improve the quality of life and access to equitable education for individuals with disabilities, particularly in K-12 education. The work of our faculty also supports socially and linguistically diverse students with disabilities and their families.
Our department supports graduate programs and students through funding, as well as mentorship from experienced faculty on specialized research topics. Students have the opportunity to participate in research exploring topics such as:
- intensive interventions in reading and mathematics for students with learning disabilities,
- supporting English language learners with disabilities,
- design and evaluation of assistive technology,
- behavioral interventions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and
- transition and post-school employment for persons with disabilities.
Researchers are using EEGs to study how young children process words and baby talk, and its benefits.
Join Special Education Clinical Assistant Professor Katie Tackett for this Discovery Minute as she describes how applying universal design principles to her classroom benefits all her students, whether or not they have an identified disability.
Designed to familiarize students and future professionals with various assistive technology devices designed for individuals with disabilities.
Generates, disseminates, and supports the implementation of empirically validated practices to influence educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all.