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The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.


Special Education Program is in the Top 20

Special Education Program is in the Top 20

May 14, 2012

George Mason University's graduate program in Special Education is among the Top 20 programs in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools 2013 guide.

Mason's Special Education program, one of the largest in the country, enrolls more than 2,400 graduate students and is ranked 17th.

“To be recognized among the best special education programs in the country is a testament to the talent, hard work, commitment, and quality of our faculty and students,” said Michael Behrmann, director of the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research. “The value of a special education degree from Mason is apparent in our alumni, who make a difference each day as teachers and leaders who address the challenges that students with special needs face.”

The Special Education program at Mason is particularly noted for renowned scholars such as Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri, and for its expertise in areas such as assistive technology, applied behavior analysis, early childhood special education, mild disabilities, and severe disabilities. The program is distinguished by its extensive services to parents and teachers throughout Virginia, for the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, and for its innovative Mason LIFE program that welcomes college-aged students with intellectual disabilities to live and study on campus.

"We are honored that the college’s Special Education program has been recognized this year. I’m proud of our faculty and graduate students,” said cehd.gmu.edu