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About Special & Early Education

The Department of Special and Early Education is a caring, inclusive community of learners dedicated to developing exemplary educators who are visionary, reflective, collaborative, and effective. We view diversity as a strength, learning as a reciprocal process, teaching as an art and a science, and service as a responsibility. We provide curriculum and instruction grounded in theory, research, and recommended practices. We affirm the relationship between teaching and scholarship and strive to generate original research and theory that positively influence the education of students and teachers in our state, country, and world.