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Special Education

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. Our work addresses the needs of children and families from diverse personal, racial, and cultural backgrounds and in the areas of autism, assistance to persons who are deaf-blind, early intervention, learning disabilities, behavioral disabilities, technology, and literacy development, among 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.

Admissions decisions for all programs and majors in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education will not be adversely affected at the department level by an applicant’s history of participation in social justice activism or in peaceful protests seeking social or political change.

Degree Programs

Double Dawgs
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts (MA)

  • MA in Education (Special Education)

    The master's degree programs in special education prepare teachers to design and implement curricula for individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.

Educational Specialist (EdS)

  • EdS in Education (Special Education)

    Pursue advanced studies in special education in one of five emphasis areas through our educational specialist program, tailored to your background and goals.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • PhD in Special Education

    Build on your experience in special education with a PhD program individualized to your goals in adapted or general curriculum or elementary education.

Non-Degree Programs


  • Certificate in Dyslexia (Online)

    The Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia program provides students with in-depth knowledge related to the field of reading and language development, assessment, instruction, and individual differences.

Non-Degree Programs


  • Dyslexia Endorsement

    The 15-hour online Dyslexia Endorsement provides teachers, clinicians, and specialists with specific knowledge related to reading and language development.

  • Preschool Special Education Endorsement

    The special education preschool endorsement is a three-course sequence (9 semester hours) with embedded field experiences.

Faculty and Staff

Kevin M Ayres Professor
Rachel R. Cagliani Assistant Professor
Thomas J. Clees Associate Professor
Alicia B. Davis Clinical Associate Professor
Tyler-Curtis Cory Elliott Behavioral Analyst II
Madeline Griffin Behavioral Analyst I
Bethany Hamilton-Jones Clinical Professor and Department Head
Joseph B. Hart Behavioral Analyst III and Clinic Coordinator
Rebecca G. Lieberman-Betz Associate Professor
Jennifer H. Lindstrom Associate Professor
Joel Ringdahl Associate Professor
Emily Robinson Academic Advisor
Kristin L. Sayeski Associate Professor
Cynthia O. Vail Professor
Kimberly Viel-Ruma Clinical Associate Professor

Contact Info

570 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
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