The Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University (Peabody) is consistently ranked in the top-tier by U.S. News & World Report. It is also ranked 1st in scholarly production among other departments at research universities in the United States, according to a report by Academic Analytics. The department offers M.Ed. professional degree for those who have completed undergraduate programs in special education or related areas. The Special Education Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) is designed to prepare students for a position of leadership as a special educator in a school, college, research settings, or human service agencies.

The Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas is consistently rated as one of the top graduate-level special education programs in the nation. Kansas was selected as the top program out of more than 1,200 public and private special education preparation programs in the 2009 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools.

The Department of Special Education at the University of Florida is nationally recognized and ranked 5th in U.S. News list of best graduate schools. Its undergraduate and master's programs provide initial teacher preparation approved by the Florida Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is consistently ranked in the top ten programs in the country by US News. It offers a high quality research-oriented doctoral program to prepare graduates for career in higher education institutions, school districts, public policy initiatives, and agencies.

Ranking of Best Special Education Programs:
1 Vanderbilt University
2 The University of Kansas
3 University of Oregon
4 University of Virginia
5 University of Florida
6 University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
7 The University of Texas at Austin
8 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities -
9 University of Washington
=University of Wisconsin Madison

Source: US News & World Report 2010

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