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. 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.
  • Transition and post-school employment for persons with disabilities.

Research Center & Lab

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.