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Welcome Prospective Students

A Message from our Department Head

Michaelene Ostrosky

Welcome to the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I hope this web site provides you with an understanding of the programs of study we offer to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the field of special education. Our department is nationally recognized as one of the best in the country. Additionally, our faculty and students have created a climate of scholarship and personal mentoring that results in our students being highly sought after for positions upon graduation.

Our Department has long been a leader in research that promotes effective, inclusive outcomes for individuals with disabilities across the life span. Faculty and students pursue research, teaching, and service activities that improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families. Courses, field experiences, and other related activities are carefully structured to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become effective leaders, educators, researchers, and advocates for people of all abilities. Opportunities to use technology in research, teaching, and service activities is embedded into the undergraduate and graduate programs in the department.

Faculty in the Department of Special Education have forged collaborative relationships with local school districts, the Chicago Public Schools, other departments within the University of Illinois, and with colleagues at colleges and universities around the world. We consistently attract bright, committed, and passionate students who seek challenges and are willing to use their creativity and talents to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities in our state, nation, and world. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the Department of Special Education.

Michaelene Ostrosky , Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head