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Intellectual Disability/Autism

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies

Intellectual Disabilities/ Autism

Department of Health & Behavior Studies

Welcome to the Programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism

The Programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism prepare students to work with individuals with disabilities across a range of contexts. The M.A. and M.Ed. programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism lead to special education certification at the early childhood, childhood and adolescence level. Candidates in the dual certification programs are prepared to teach students with and without disabilities in a variety of public and private classroom settings (e.g., inclusive classrooms, integrated co-teaching (ICT) classrooms, self-contained classrooms, and special schools).  

In addition to our teacher certification programs, there is an M.A. program in Severe or Multiple Disabilities for current special educators, and an M.A. program in Developmental Disabilities for those interested in an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on developmental disabilities that does not lead to teacher certification. Candidates at the doctoral level may pursue research-intensive Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs. Across all of our programs, we offer specialized preparation for working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Contact Us

Program Director: Laudan B. Jahromi, Ph.D.

Box: 223

Teachers College, Columbia University
5th Floor Thorndike Hall

Phone: 212-678-3880    Fax: 212-678-8259   

Email: Ashley Scales (

Connect With Intellectual Disability/Autism

Meet Candidates and Graduates from the Programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism, Multiple or Severe Disabilities, and Developmental Disabilities.

Cameron Michelle Carter
Sarah Moskowitz
Yanru Phoebe Chen
Katie Kirkman
Lauren Andersen
Jocelyn Hinman

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