Our theme is Leadership and Scholarship Focused on Learning and Development. The Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders has a strong record of teaching, research and service. In 1998, the department received the Regents Teaching Excellence Award from the University System of Georgia, which is a reflection of its strong commitment to graduate education. The department has a continuous record of significant levels of external funding for research and service projects, including grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes for Health. Members of the department work closely with national and state professional organizations as well as with government agencies at all levels.