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Special Education receives top rankings from US News and College Choice

us news logoPlease join me in congratulating the Department of Special Education for their U.S. News and World Report #15 ranking of the online Licensure/Degree program with an emphasis in Severe Disabilities. Being ranked #15 is a testament to the extraordinary quality of this program as well as its value to the public given delivery via interactive videoconferencing.  Providing this level of quality instruction through distance education has taken tremendous effort and dedication on the part of the faculty and staff in the Special Education department. Children with disabilities and their families throughout Utah and the nation benefit greatly when teachers receive high-quality preservice training. Thanks to everyone involved in this project, especially Dr. Matthew Jameson (Distance Education Program Area Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education), Ryan Walker, Chris Bischke, and Cheryl Winston.  Please visit the U.S. News website for additional information and a listing of the 2018 best online education program rankings.
~ Elaine Clark, Dean, College of Education



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Situated in Salt Lake City, Utah, the University of Utah is the flagship public university of the state as well as Utah’s oldest institution of higher learning. With a core commitment to innovation, inclusiveness, quality, and engagement, the school has earned high rankings among public universities nationally. The College of Education also ranks among the best schools of its kind.

The Department of Special Education at the University of Utah offers a CAEP-accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education which leads to licensure in the areas of mild/moderate disabilities, severe disabilities, early childhood special education, vision impairments, and students who are deaf & hard of hearing. The curriculum for the B.S. in Special Education degree program includes:

Adaptation of curriculum
Assessment of student abilities
Behavioral interventions
Special education policy, and legal issues

Faculty in the Department of Special Education pride themselves on being supportive and available to students – and the department as a whole is dedicated to training teachers who serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Programs include extensive field experiences in schools to give students a thorough grounding in their subjects.

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February 2018



Last Updated: 3/15/21