University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been ranked the #8 Special Education program in the U.S. of over 400 qualifying colleges by Teacher.org. This list was compiled by scoring several areas including relative size of the program, graduation rates, default rates, tuition affordability, and online education options availability. Over 400 colleges were analyzed and the top 20 were included in their Best Colleges Ranking. They said, “Students who graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire enter a job market that has a high need for qualified professionals who possess certification in both Special Education and Unified Early Childhood Education (birth to age 9). The program's faculty is committed to creating great teachers through instilling confidence and competence. This is achieved through a mix of community involvement, theory and field placements.” You can view the Top 20 here - http://www.teacher.org/degree/special-education/#college-rankings.