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Welcome to Special Education

Dear First Year Students,

We are excited that you will join us this fall. We offer a rigorous program with extensive field-based experiences - approximately 800 hours of student contact time - in the areas of severe disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and visual disabilities.

If you do not know your area of interest at this time, you have your first year to figure that out. In the fall, you will be enrolled in a one-credit seminar that will provide you with an overview of each program and the opportunity to visit special education classrooms; This will help you make your decision on an interest area and allow you to see the breadth of the field of special education.

During your four years at Vanderbilt, you will have experiences at all grade levels, and upon completion of our program you will be licensed to teach students in grades K-12.

A second major is not required, but is highly recommended. Many students select a second Peabody major in the areas of Elementary Education, Human Organization and Development (HOD), Child Development, or Cognitive Studies. A second major from Arts and Science is also possible. Recent graduates and current students have second majors in the areas of Spanish, Sociology, Theatre, English, French, or Economics.

You are joining a group a students and faculty who are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities through teaching and research. On behalf of the Department of Special Education, I welcome you and look forward to working with you over the next four years.

With best wishes,

Professor Andrea Capizzi
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Special Education