Special Education

Doctoral students participate in field-based research projects.
Doctoral students and faculty bridge research, teaching and service at the Autism Clinic.
We are home to the nationally funded Center on Disability and Development

Graduate programs in Special Education prepare educators, practitioners and researchers to serve students who are at-risk or have mild, moderate and severe disabilities in integrated settings.  All programs are designed so that students develop a strong background in research, with the ability to interpret others' research as well as conduct independent research.  Students are also taught problem solving, collaboration and communication skills needed to adapt to the challenges they will face in the field of Special Education.

SPED is home to a nationally funded Center for Disability and Development.

EPSY offers two graduate Special Education programs:

Master's Program

The distance Master's program in special education is a 36 hour program that leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. This program will prepare educators to be leaders on their school campuses and expert teachers to effectively meet the needs of students with disabilities who are served in general education, special education, and community settings.

Learn more about the master's program.

Doctoral Program

The SPED doctoral program is a full-time course of study that prepares students for academic positions in universities and research institutions. The program offers challenging coursework grounded in the field's most current evidence and the latest advancements in research methodologies. Doctoral students receive valuable research and teaching competencies that provide a competitive advantage upon graduation. All courses are designed to develop a strong background in research. Students are also taught problem solving, collaboration and communication skills needed to adapt to the challenges they will face in the field of Special Education.

Learn more about the doctoral program.

An undergraduate teacher certification program in Special Education is also available.