Special Education

The Special Education Program at Purdue University offers degrees in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. The program aims to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities by preparing future special education teachers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and future researchers with the knowledge, disposition, and skills necessary to effectively serve individuals with diverse needs. 

Degrees Offered

The undergraduate program is based on an inquiry framework that emphasizes (a) creating connections between subject matter knowledge and teaching, (b) valuing the diverse characteristics of students and the ability to address the needs of all students, and (c) understanding the contextual aspects of teaching (e.g., the organizational and policy context). 

The program links courses with field experiences in partner school and non-school settings. Particular attention is given to specialized skills to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities – serving students in various school and community settings; developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); using assistive technology; and developing instructional material and environmental modifications. All of these competencies are beyond the knowledge required for general educators. 

A Special Education: Mild & Intense Intervention graduate is qualified to teach children who experience a continuum of emotional, learning, or intellectual disabilities, at the K-12 grade levels. Four strands run through and guide the program: diversity, technology, field experience, and performance assessment. 

The mission of the Special Education Master’s level programs in Applied Behavior Analysis at Purdue University is to help address the global need for well-trained applied behavior analysts with the knowledge and skills to work across multiple educational and community settings as well as engage in client-focused interprofessional collaborations. The plan of study is approved as a Verified Course Sequence by Applied Behavior Analysis and several options exist, including online or accelerated, to meet the personal needs and preferences of our students. Learn more about the Applied Behavior Analysis program options. 

The mission of the Special Education Doctoral Program at Purdue University is to prepare scholars for faculty positions in higher education. This full time, competency-based program is designed to prepare students to conduct rigorous scientific and applied research, to teach at the university level, and to become leaders who strive to improve educational outcomes and quality of life for individuals with special needs.  Our mission is accomplished through challenging coursework, competency-based faculty mentorship, and active student involvement in applied research.  

The cohort structure of the doctoral program fosters peer networks of support and collaboration. Faculty research is supported by various internal and external funding at the local, state, and federal levels. Through an apprenticeship-like model, doctoral students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research studies.  

Faculty & Staff

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