Department of Special Education

Towson University offers special education certification programs that provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to improve the lives of children with diverse learning needs, including those with disabilities.

TU’s special education programs will prepare you to develop and implement individualized educational programs based on the learning needs of each student. You will learn research-based instructional strategies and evidence-based best practices for teaching diverse ages and populations. Career opportunities include teaching, administration and other school-related careers.

We believe that collaboration with families, other educators, service providers and community agencies is key to meeting the cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional, linguistic and cultural needs of each student.

Student-Centered Programs  

Our experienced faculty are committed to your personal and professional success. You’ll work closely with your adviser in a strategic and progressive planning process.

Our student-centered focus is just one of the reasons 100 percent of our students pass the Maryland State Department of Education Basic Skills Requirement exams and 90+ percent of our graduates acquire teaching positions immediately following graduation. Find out more about the advantages of studying special education at Towson University.

Meet Michelle Pasko

In this short video, Graduate Program Director Michelle Pasko speaks about what makes TU's education programs stand out from the rest, and why TU produces such great teachers.


Teacher candidates who pass the Praxis II: Special Education exam for certification


Dual certification programs


Fall 2019 undergraduate teacher candidates

Contact Information

Department of Special Education

Psychology Building, Room 307

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Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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