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Our programs offer opportunities for students to work in general curriculum, adapted curriculum, and birth through kindergarten areas. And with a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis, study abroad options, and other clinical opportunities available to our students, our programs span the full range of special education academic and clinical preparation, research, and service opportunities.

Program faculty manage many large instructional, research, and service grants in autism, assistance to persons who are deaf-blind, early intervention, learning disabilities, behavioral disabilities, technology, literacy development, and other areas.

With well-known faculty, outstanding students, and collaborative research and educational contributions, the Special Education program continues to be at the top of national rankings and reputation.

Faculty and Staff

Tina C. Anderson

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Kevin M. Ayres

  • Professor
  • Adjunct Faculty

Thomas J. Clees

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Alicia B. Davis

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Bethany Hamilton-Jones

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Rebecca G. Lieberman-Betz

  • Associate Professor

Cherry Rawlins

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant

Joel Ringdahl

  • Associate Professor

Kristin L. Sayeski

  • Associate Professor

Cynthia O. Vail

  • Professor and Department Head

Kimberly Viel-Ruma

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Contact Us

570 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602