The Department of Special Education has a rich tradition of excellence in teacher education and is routinely ranked as one of the top training programs in the country. Our four-year degree program is structured to endow you with the necessary skills to assess, plan, and monitor the progress of persons with disabilities. Our program can also lead to licensure for kindergarten to twelfth grade.
The field experience component is essential to your program of study. Your field experiences will address a range of ages and disability levels including children and/or adults with intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, visual impairment, and/or severe/multiple disabilities.
As a student you will pursue an interdisciplinary major in exceptional learning with an emphasis in one of three specialty areas: mild and moderate disabilities (modified program), multiple and severe disabilities (comprehensive program), visual impairment. You may also combine the special education major with other Peabody majors such as human and organizational development, child development, and cognitive studies, as well as with majors in the College of Arts and Science.
The combination of a rigorous training program and bright, highly skilled graduates has created a great demand for our graduates by school systems throughout the United States.