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Special Education

The department of Special Education at Allama Iqbal Open University was established under the umbrella of Faculty of education in 1985, in response to the desperate need of trained staff to provide services to special people.


Department of Special Education at Allama Iqbal Open University prepares the special education professionals for a wide variety of roles and specialization in special education. The aim of the department is to impart education and training to the professionals for the special needs children studying either in special schools or in mainstream schools. There is growing demand for professionals in this field in Pakistan and across the world. Our special education faculty are at the leading edge of research and practice and have helped the thousands of students to become special education professionals. We develop and offer the programs with special focus on the field of special education and students with disabilities. Our graduates have expertise in teaching techniques of special education, policy development, research and practices related to the persons with disabilities. Our goal is to provide the professional and intellectual experiences that broaden dispositions, skills and knowledge associated with teacher preparation, research, disability rights advocacy and special education scholarship.


The objectives of the program are to

  1. to meet country’s increasing demand of trained teachers and specialized personnel by acquainting them with latest techniques and methodologies to deal with special needs;
  2. to provide referral and supportive services to the handicapped and their parents by creating awareness in the public;
  3. to keep liaison with agencies and organizations working for the amelioration of the handicapped;
  4. to train teachers to uplift the existing situation of vocational training for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in Pakistan;
  5. to create awareness about the need of inclusive education;
  6. to prepare the experts having critical thinking and futuristic approach;
  7. to produce relevant research outputs to be used to improve practices of special education field;
  8. to inculcate research culture for finding contextual solutions to the rehabilitation problems and challenges;

Academic Facilities

We offer following programs:

  • B.Ed (4 Years)
  • MEd Special Education (For continuing students only)
  • MA Special Education (For continuing students only)
  • MPhil Special Education
  • PhD Special Education


Future Plans

  1. BS Education (Special Education)
  2. BS (4Years) in Special Education
  3. B.S in Speech and language therapy(School Based)
  4. B.Ed (1.5) Special Education
  5. Diploma in Special Education

The department imparts education and training to teachers for special children in four specializations namely, Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disabilities and Mental Retardation with particular emphasis to promote inclusion of special children. The following specialization areas in the development phase of course production. 

  1. Inclusive Education
  2. Learning Disabilities
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorder

Contact Details

Special Education

Department of Special Education, Room No. G-15, Faculty of Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, H-8, Islamabad





The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.