Nancy Peterson

Professor, Special Education
Primary office:
1122 W. Campus Rd., Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm 402

Dr. Nancy Peterson provided leadership for the Department in numerous ways.  She served as Chair of the Department of Special Education, established an early childhood learning center at the KU Medical Center, lead the KU Professional Development Schools initiative, and taught in the early childhood program.   

Curriculum vitae (pdf)

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1969
  • M.S., Educational Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1966
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1964
  • A.S., Weber State College, Ogden, Utah, 1963


Early childhood special education, intellectual disabilities, and professional development schools.

#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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