Barkley Memorial Center

The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD) is one of seven academic departments in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


SECD is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with special needs, their families, schools, and communities.


Our vision is that every individual with special needs will:
-achieve maximum potential for learning.
-communicate autonomously.
-enjoy optimum health and well-being throughout the lifespan.


Diversity - Our faculty represent diverse expertise in research, teaching and outreach encompassing professions of practice in special education, speech-language pathology and audiology.
Respect - We respect diverse people, viewpoints, ideas and perspectives.
Dedication - We are passionate about and dedicated to the mission of the department and college, focused on success in advancing knowledge, training leaders, and serving our clients, their families and our communities.
Collegiality - Our interactions with others are respectful, polite and professional. Each member's contribution is valued.
Creativity/Innovation - We strive to solve difficult problems to advance the department's professions of practice. We deal with complex issues facing individuals with special needs or disabilities, their families, schools and communities.
Collaboration - We work together across multiple disciplines and scientific fields in order to find answers and solve difficult and complex problems related to individuals with special needs.
Integrity - We carry out our mission and strive for our goals with the highest level of integrity.

All are welcome here.

As part of the College of Education and Human Sciences, the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders is committed to providing an environment and community where everyone feels welcome and supported. Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be at the forefront as we strive to become more welcoming and supportive of all members of our diverse community. This means that respect for all people, viewpoints, ideas and perspectives is at the core of who we are and who we strive to be. Learn more about the commitment to inclusive excellence that the entire College of Education and Human Sciences is pursuing at