Specialized Education Services (SES)

  • Sam Parker and his students practice for the 4th annual ASL idol event.
    Students practice for the 4th annual ASL idol event. ASL Idol is an event where students use sign language to compete in a signing talent show. Students select songs to perform and interpret before a panel of judges.

The Department of Specialized Education Services values and supports the dignity and rights of all individuals — especially children and adults with disabilities, and those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. We are driven by the belief that all people deserve the support systems to live, learn and work as independently as possible. Our bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. programs chart a course for meaningful career paths with this as a central purpose.  Through community-engaged teaching, research, and service, students gain the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to make valuable contributions in institutions of higher education, state education systems, school systems, and community services.  Our graduates are leaders in their roles as teachers, professors, interpreters, administrators, advocates, and researchers in early childhood services, special education, and deaf-related fields.

Whether students choose a degree in a Special Education K-12 program, a Professions in Deafness program, or a Birth to Kindergarten program, a large part of their education centers on experiential learning in which they are engaged directly with the community they seek to serve.

Classes are rigorous, and faculty members bring a great deal of expertise.  Our high level of faculty engagement with students provides support throughout our programs.  Student cohorts are nurtured so that collaboration among classmates is facilitated. In addition, students can find funding support by qualifying for scholarships or assistantships, and through financial aid.

No matter your area of focus, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills that will position you as a leader in specialized education and community services, helping to foster inclusive education and inclusion in the community. This is our driving force as an academic community, and we invite you to become part of it.