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. 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; and our graduate programs are driven by research that aims to support equitable educational opportunities for all members of society. The impact and quality of our programs is also recognized through our current rank of seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Message from the Chair

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.

Bienvenidos al Departamento de Educación Especial. Lea el mensaje del director del departamento, el Dr. Mark O’Reilly, sobre las fortalezas de nuestro departamento en la investigación y la enseñanza.

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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.


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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