Special education is a dynamic and rewarding career field that significantly impacts the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. Licensed special educators are in high demand. The need for professionals in this field is expected to continue throughout the state and country. There are many job opportunities available in educational and community settings working with a wide range of disabilities and ages. Special education is a very collaborative discipline and allows for interaction with parents, school professionals, social workers, psychologists and other related personnel.
The special education program at SIUE is a nationally recognized program delivered through a collaborative partnership agreement between SIUE and public school districts. Classroom teachers and university professors work together to provide special education majors a unique opportunity to regularly interact with children from kindergarten to grade 12. The special education program, in conjunction with the early childhood program in curriculum and instruction, also provides courses required for early childhood special education approval.
Graduates of the special education program have the opportunity to work in a multitude of settings, such as public or private schools, alternative schools, and day treatment or residential settings. The LBS I licensure will allow graduates to teach students with a variety of disabilities from kindergarten
through grade 12.
Allison J. Fahsl, Ph.D.
2001, Oklahoma State University
Anthony M. Denkyirah, Ph.D.
2003, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Linda L. Forbringer, Ph.D.
2003, St. Louis University
Wendy W. Fuchs, Ph.D.
2008, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Susanne James, Ph.D.
2011, University of Kansas
Stacie M. Kirk, Ph.D.
2006, University of Kansas
Craig A. Miner, Ph.D.
1994, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Phil M. Weishaar, Ph.D.
1984, Saint Louis University
Faculty listing current as of June 2012
Dr. Linda Forbringer, Program Director
Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders
Campus Box 1147, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1147
Phone: (618) 650‑3943
School of Education Student Services
Campus Box 1062, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1062
Phone: (618) 650‑3940, Fax: (618) 650‑5468