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Through its four core areas of expertise - health, education, leadership, and psychology - Teachers College prepares educators, psychologists, policy makers and planners for the challenges they will face in their careers.
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Special Education

The special education programs build upon a more than 80-year tradition of leading the field of special education in policy, practice, and research for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.

Each of the degree programs prepares teachers and specialists to succeed in diverse and inclusive environments including homes, schools, and other community settings with a range of learning needs, particularly in urban contexts. Our curriculum focuses on areas of differentiated curriculum, service delivery systems, teaching for equity and social justice, assessment and intervention, and inquiry approaches to teaching and learning. Students have extensive opportunities to construct their professional practice and collaborate with faculty in a variety of school-based and university-based research settings.

Graduates go on to assume leadership and scholarly positions at all levels of professional activity, including public and private schools, community and national service agencies, hospital and rehabilitation programs, colleges and universities, research centers, as well as local, state, and federal education agencies.

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