Interactive Map of Special Education Teacher Preparation Programs

A single year with an ineffective teacher can cost a student up to one and a half years’ worth of achievement. On the other hand, five consecutive years with an effective teacher could nearly close the achievement gap” (Remer, 2017). 

Teacher preparation programs for special education are vital to addressing the critical shortage of special education educators in the field.  CIDDL’s new interactive map provides relevant information to support a range of users from policy makers, institutions of higher education, to persons planning a career instructing students with disabilities.


Directions for using the interactive map.

The view of the map includes icons indicating any institution that provides programs leading to special education certification or leadership preparation

  • Narrow the programs by selecting the desired information from the dropdown menus
    • Regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West)
    • State
    • Type (Public Institutes of Higher Education, Private Institutes of Higher Education, Programs that are not Institutes of Higher Education)
    • Program (Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, Non-degreed programs for licensure/certification)
    • Format (Face-to-Face, Online, Hybrid)
    • Additional dropdown menus are to be added to address other program components


  • As the programs are narrowed down, the number of available programs will be displayed in the top of the screen 
  • Move the mouse over the color coded bubble on the screen to display a tool-tip providing the institution name and location.
  • Click on the tooltip bubble, and the link to the program website will appear in the top right corner.
  • Links will open in a new browser tab.

How can the CIDDL Interactive Map guide my work?

Dr. Wilder, an assistant professor in a rural teacher preparation program, is seeking to collaborate with colleagues in other rural teacher preparation programs to find innovative practices. Using the map, she identifies three institutions of higher education and connects using Mighty Networks

Dr. Kelleher was interested in learning about digital learning practices to enhance the social and emotional performance of students with disabilities in her state. She uses the map to locate teacher preparation programs offering innovative technology-based research alternatives to meet her goal.

Avery has an undergraduate degree in psychology and has been considering a career change to become an educator for students with disabilities. Avery works full-time and needs an online program that fits their schedule. Upon looking at the map, an online program was found that provides both a Masters degree and initial certification to teach. 

Feedback on the CIDDL Interactive Map. 

This interactive map represents a 2021 scan of teacher preparation programs across the United States.  Please help us improve the map by providing your comments and suggestions.

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