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The Department of Special Education and Disability Studies prepares 21st Century scholar-leaders who can promote the educational and social development of children and youth with disabilities from birth to adulthood and reduce their social exclusion.
Professional preparation is grounded in the following domains: (1) interdisciplinary scientific and research-based applications for developmental and educational interventions; (2) broader factors that define disability and society’s response to ‘difference,’ including historical, social, political, cultural, economic, and international; and (3) advocacy to destigmatize disease, illness, and impairment and promote full social and educational participation.
Professionals at the graduate level are prepared, through integration of theory and practice, for effective participation in the rapidly changing cultures of schools, children and youth, families, and communities.
The department offers a variety of specialized programs that equip students with the knowledge and expertise to meet a growing need for special education across the developmental spectrum, including early intervention for children with academic and social difficulties or emotional and behavioral disabilities, and the transition needs of adolescents.
Our wide array of programs offers students the chance to hone in on their specialized areas of interest within the field of special education to make a difference through their work, teaching, and research.
Dr. Jay Shotel, Professor of Special Education