Disability & Psychoeducational Studies

Department Head: Carl Liaupsin

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.

Majors in the Department

DPS is comprised of four major areas, each focusing on undergraduate or graduate degree programs and course work. Many of the programs in DPS are unique to the University of Arizona, and, in some cases, the only programs of their kind in the Southwestern United States. The four major areas are:


The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies was previously "Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology (SERSP)" before July 1, 2009. However, it has since been renamed and now has a fourth major, School Counseling.

Please note that when SERSP is found in older documentation or forms, for any follow-up, refer to DPS, as the associated faculty and staff can be tracked only in the Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies.

Some courses in Programs of Study may have SERP courses listed. Although Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology is abbreviated as SERSP, department courses were given the prefix SERP in the University of Arizona catalog. If Programs of Study appear to be outdated, please contact the corresponding faculty for changes.

About Our Faculty

DPS faculty and staff members are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service designed to make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, special abilities, and special needs. Individual biographies of DPS faculty and staff provide additional information about teaching, research, service, and personal interests.