The mission of the Department of Special Education and Disability Policy is to prepare skilled, effective professionals who can meet the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families through graduate degree programs, discover new instructional and service delivery strategies through an ongoing program of research, and share information on these strategies to a wide audience through collaborative relationships with children and youth with disabilities, their families, educators, local, state and federal government agencies, and other professionals throughout the commonwealth and across the nation.
The department offers extended teacher preparation programs that allow students to prepare for professional roles as teachers of students with emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, or mental retardation. These five-year programs culminate in the simultaneous awarding of both a bachelor’s degree from the College of Humanities and Sciences and a Master of Teaching degree from the School of Education.
At the graduate level, the department offers five Master of Education programs. Successful completion of one of the degree programs leads to endorsement in early childhood special education, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, mental retardation or severe disabilities. In addition, the department offers a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on Special Education and Disability Policy.
For more information consult the department’s Web site at www.soe.vcu.edu/departments/sedp.