Chairman: Dr. Nasir Salman (Assoc. Prof.)
The department of Special Education was established in the University of Karachi in 1988. The University of Karachi offers a regular program of studies in Special Education at the graduate as well as the post graduate level for students who intend to serve the Special need Community. During course of studies students are prepared to be Special Education and Rehabilitation experts.
The teaching faculty includes trained and experienced teachers with Ph.D. degrees in the discipline. The teaching in the Department is focused on developing independent and analytical thinking abilities in the student. The program is designed to provide students with opportunities to actually teach children with special needs during the course of studies, so that they can get practical experience along with their academic learning.
Teaching and Assessment
Lecture method with emphasis on classroom discussion and feedback including effective use of audio-visual aids, provision of expertise through resource persons and a regular program of extension lectures are part of formal teaching methodology. Field visits for on the spot observation of special children, particularly, in the classroom children are also arranged.
Students of the Department of Special Education continue to enter a variety of educational, vocational and rehabilitation fields. Many are speech pathologists, audiologists, and teachers in different special education centers for mental retardation, physical handicap, hearing impairment, visual impairment, and learning disability. The graduates of the department get jobs in schools, hospitals, institutes, rehabilitation centers, directly or indirectly serving special need children.
The Department has lecture and seminar rooms. Audio Visual Room, as well as a well stocked seminar library with most recent books. The department has equipment, which provides practical work facilities to students as well as provide exposure of practical teaching at Special Schools.