The mission of the Department of Special Education and Child Development is to prepare highly effective and ethical professionals who have a positive impact on children, youth, families, community, and schools and who are successful in urban and other diverse settings. This mission is accomplished through teaching, research, and community engagement that lead to improved practice and by working in partnership with schools, communities, and university colleagues.
- Provide instruction at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels that models research-validated best practice and challenges learners to aspire to excellence.
- Generate and synthesize knowledge through quality research that informs the preparation programs of the Department.
- Provide genuine and meaningful service to the public schools and other service providers that informs the preparation programs of the Department.
The Department of Special Education and Child Development faculty strive to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity which includes, but is not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation.