Welcome Letter

Susan JohnstonWelcome to the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. It is our mission to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families by developing and disseminating essential skills, knowledge, and values through research, teaching, and service. Our faculty are committed to preparing you to become a highly qualified professional. We pride ourselves on being supportive and available to our students. Likewise, our friendly and helpful staff will assist you in every way possible.

If you are a prospective student and are seeking additional information about our program, you will find material regarding admissions, degree options, financial aid/scholarships, etc. under the "Student" tab at the top of our website. Furthermore, you can learn about our highly regarded and nationally recognized faculty under the "Faculty" tab.

If you are an admitted student, we are pleased that you have chosen the University of Utah to receive your professional preparation. Our faculty and staff recognize the challenges and responsibilities you face in the commitment to continue your education. We know that you must carefully balance duties and activities at home, work, and here at the University. I believe that you will find the faculty extremely understanding and supportive, while simultaneously maintaining high expectations that will not compromise the quality of your learning experience. As a part of our commitment to you, we have prepared a comprehensive student handbook that is located under the student tab of our website. I encourage you to read it carefully and refer to it frequently throughout your program. It contains a wealth of information on topics such as program requirements, professional ethics, student leadership, and much more.

I look forward to meeting you in person and hearing more about your career aspirations. I wish you the very best in your quest to become a future leader in the field of special education. If I can provide any assistance or answer any questions, please feel free to contact me (susan.johnston@utah.edu)

Sincerely,
Susan Johnston, Ph.D. Department Chair