Department of Special Education
Chair: Dr. Holly Pedersen
Special Education Department Motto
PURPOSE FUELED BY PASSION: Inclusive Schools, Inclusive Communities, Inclusive Communication
Special Education Department Vision
We believe human diversity strengthens us all. We strive for a world where people of all abilities are valued for their contributions and meaningfully included in all aspects of society.
Special Education Department Mission
To achieve our vision by preparing high quality professionals, at both initial and advanced levels, who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be leaders in their respective disciplines. Our mission is accomplished through current and innovative teaching and learning experiences, impactful community service, and practical research and assessment. Our daily practice focuses on engagement, collaboration, and problem-solving to advance this mission.
Satisfactory Progress Policy
Students in a Special Education Department major must obtain a grade of C or better in any course required for their major.
Academic honesty, including professional dispositions and ethics, is at the core of any professional program. Any behavior deemed as academically dishonest or not reflective of professional dispositions and ethical behavior by the Department of Special Education will result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, a failing grade for the assignment and/or course, and/or dismissal from the program. Violations include, but are not limited to, the following types of behaviors:
- Misrepresenting another individual’s work as one’s own, e.g. plagiarism.
- Copying from another student during an exam.
- Altering one’s exam after grading for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade.
- Submitting the same paper to more than one class.
- Use of any material not approved by the instructor during an exam.
- Turning in reports intended to be based on field collected data but, in fact, are not.
- Failure to respect the confidentiality of students/persons served or studied.
- Failure to uphold the professional standards for ethical conduct as set forth by the MSU Teacher Education Unit, Council for Exceptional Children, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.
Special Education Faculty
Ms. Jenna Arnold
Dr. Evan Borisinkoff
Dr. Lori Garnes
Dr. Jodee Jacobs
Ms. Heather Lee
Ms. Hilory Liccini
Dr. Holly Pedersen
Ms. Shevonne Putnam
Ms. MariDon Sorum
Dr. Wenjing Zheng