114 McKay Education Building
The Special Education Department is dedicated to the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators, and related professionals in the field of Special Education. Our specialized programs, both on-campus and web-based, are centered on research-based classroom experiences and extensive field work in self-contained and inclusive settings, schools and agency settings. We believe that collaboration, service, professionalism, and leadership, combined with a strong knowledge base, are key components in the development of model professionals who are dedicated to individuals with exceptionalities throughout their lifespan.
Richael Barger-Anderson, Vaughn Bicehouse, Matthew Erickson, Robert Isherwood, Jeremy Lynch, Michelle McCollin, Joseph Merhaut, Tony Mild, Mike Monfore, Ashlea Rineer-Hershey and Anne Rose.
The guidelines on admission, professional conduct, and student teaching for this department include, and may go beyond, those required for the College of Education as a whole. Details may be found in the Teacher Education Policy Manual.
The special education department’s programs are for students who choose to pursue careers working with exceptional children who are identified or those who differ significantly from the “average” child to the extent that special instructional methods, materials, and/or related services are required for their education and treatment.
The department offers an undergraduate education program that includes courses in liberal studies, professional education, elementary education, and special education. Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours involved in direct contact with individuals in a diverse educational setting prior to their supervised teaching assignments at the junior/senior levels. Throughout the undergraduate program students are required to participate in experience-based learning in order to maximize their development as competent and effective future educators.