Texas Tech University

Special Education

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About the Department

With so many programs with such an enormous impact, it made sense for these programs to evolve into their own Department, a development that became official September 1, 2021. Now these experts in multiple facets of special education can collaborate and educate even more effectively. 

The Department of Special Education prepares special education leaders who ensure individuals with disabilities and their families are provided equal access to services and education. The Department also houses two renowned research centers, The Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research, and The Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities

Dr. Joseph Claudet

Special Education is currently serving under the leadership of Department Chair Dr. Joseph Claudet.

Contact Us

L.J. Gould, Ed.D.Admissions CoordinatorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentspecialeducationinquiries.educ@ttu.edu806-834-4224

Dr. Joseph Claudet

Claudet, Joseph, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department ChairSpecial Educationjoe.claudet@ttu.edu 806-834-1076

Doctoral Degrees

Certificates & Certifications

The College of Education offers two types of non-degree programs: professional certification, necessary to be licensed and/or practice at an advanced level in your chosen career and Graduate Certificates, which provide an additional credential in your field of study but do not necessarily lead to licensure. Graduate Certificates can also be used as an introduction into your chosen master's degree program.

Certification options in the Department of Special Education include:

Learn more and view the complete list of Graduate Certificates available through the College of Education.


Departmental Highlights


Dr. Nora Griffin-Shirley is working with colleagues to complete a manuscript for submittal titled: A Survey of Orientation and Mobility Specialist's Practice of Remote Instruction During COVID-19.

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Faculty and staff of Project TEDD are developing a paper about best practices in assessment and intervention for students with dual diagnosis. This project is an overview of what is currently available as well as future considerations for identification and treatment.

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Project Leadership Challenge

May 14, 2021

Seven agencies participated in a leadership program for provider organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Project TEDD: Training Educators in Dual Diagnosis

January 19, 2021

The training was provided through the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities.

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