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.
The goals of the Special Education and Child and Family Development programs are to:
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.