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Special Education

Welcome from Dr. Susan Etscheidt, Interim Department Head


Teaching continues to be a top priority within the Department of Special Education, and we derive a great deal of satisfaction from our high-caliber students. There are several important benefits of a special education minor/endorsement. First, you will gain specialized knowledge and expertise in a number of areas, including technology, differentiated instruction, assessment, management, advocacy, and teaming and collaboration. Second, 100 percent of our graduates find jobs because there is a shortage of special education teachers in Iowa and across the nation. And third, special education teachers fulfill a wide range of exciting roles within schools. They teach children, work closely with parents/families, and support and collaborate with general education teachers, school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, and AEA specialists. Because of their multiple roles and responsibilities, special education teachers can have a tremendous impact within schools.

The Department of Special Education provides education, advocacy, and leadership at the local, state, and national level.  Through its scholarship, service, and teaching development and dissemination of innovative instructional practices for pre-service and practicing educators, the Department of Special Education supports students and families both with and without disabilities as well as those from minority and culturally diverse backgrounds.

If you have questions about our program, please call 319-273-6061 or use the Contact Us link on the left sidebar of this page.

Dr. Susan Etscheidt
Interim Head, Department of Special Education