This cognate area prepares students for leadership roles in improving the practice of special education (birth to adulthood).  Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and conceptualize important problems related to the practice of special education, and to develop, implement, and evaluate solutions that are informed by the best available research and theory in special education and related disciplines.  The Special Education cognate provides doctoral level training to anyone seeking to lead positive change in how special education and related services are provided to learners with disabilities.

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