The Department of Special Education, in East China Normal University was established in 1997, which is the first department of special education in Mainland of China. Soon after that, the first Ph.D. program for special education was set up under the department in 2000. Our department has played important roles in the field of Special education and has always stood tightly in leading level in China.
Served as an important incubator of educators and researchers related with education of children with special needs, the department has been and will still be in the top position of discipline construction and pre-/post- service training for educators for children with special needs in inclusive schools and special schools.
In addition, from an interdisciplinary perspective, we also emphasis an interdisciplinary model combining with education, psychology and medical science and contribute a lot to both solid researchers in the field of special education and community services to children with special needs and their families. Furthermore, we have many faculty members have overseas study experience and build up many long-term international collaborations with universities and institutes in various countries in the field of research and personal exchanges. .