The Department of Special Education is currently ranked ninth 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. You will 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.


A researcher measuring brain activity in children while communicating with baby talk

Baby Talk May Actually Be Good for the Brain

Researchers are using EEGs to study how young children process words and baby talk, and its benefits.

Katie Tackett Discovery Minute

Universal Classroom Discovery Minute

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.

Assistive and Instructional Technology Lab

Designed to familiarize students and future professionals with various assistive technology devices designed for individuals with disabilities.

Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

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.