Individuals who earn a degree in Special Education build the skills they need to address the individual needs of their students.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Special Education students become catalysts for change, helping to increase educational opportunities and improve outcomes for children with disabilities and their families. A key priority of the program is examining and understanding how students' needs are identified, how special needs are classified, and the impact when children—particularly those from low-income or underrepresented communities—are misdiagnosed.

Students move through the UMass Amherst Special Education program in small cohorts, enjoying individualized experiences, support from faculty, and the partnerships of a collaborative community of future educators. They study innovative, evidence-based practices and explore and develop lesson plans and curricula to meet the needs of diverse learners.