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The Institute

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The Herzen University Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation was founded in 1918. Today we are one of the leaders in training special educators and rehabilitation professionals.

Our graduates are successful teachers, speech therapists and psychologists in medical, recreation and rehabilitation centres. They also travel with volunteer programmes all over the world.

Our Advantages

  • Possibilities to gain experience as speakers at academic seminars and conferences

  • Close ties with many centres and organisations that promote inclusive education in different countries (China, Finland, Kazakhstan, and elsewhere)

  • A wide range of international projects in inclusive education, such as TEMPUS

  • An ongoing project through which students work as camp counsellors in the best recreation camps of the Baltic Shore children’s education, recreation and hiking programme

Our Teachers

  • 11

    Doctors of Sciences

  • 46

    Candidates of Sciences

Famous graduates


A teacher for the hearing-impaired and dean of the Faculty of Defectology Education at Herzen University. She has published about 200 works in education and psychology for people with special needs, including textbooks approved for use across the country, monographs, study guides and course syllabuses.


A Soviet psychologist. A follower of Lev Vygotsky, he was an expert in defectological education, memory and retention mechanisms and in educational psychology. He carried out experimental studies in child development and revealed what the conditions for effective teaching are. Mr Zankov published more than 150 scholarly works.


A defectology educator and rector of the Chelyabinsk Pedagogical Institute. Mr Alpatov was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.

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