Special Education (K-12)

The major in Special Education is designed to prepare candidates for professional teaching in a Special Education Classroom (K-12). The curriculum is structured so that prospective teachers will acquire competencies needed to become skilled teachers and leaders in the 21st century. All candidates completing this major will participate in a semester internship in a public school while taking related college methods classes. Lateral entry and certification only programs may be pursued in the Special Education (K-12) area for licensure in the Special Education: General Curriculum.

The General Special Education (K-12) Program has the following goals:

1. To provide a survey study of all areas of exceptionality including the implications for education and access to the general education curriculum.

2. To provide professional preparation in General Curriculum licensure by developing candidate competencies in each of the standards set forth by the NC State Board of Education for the area of Special Education / General Curriculum Licensure.

3. To provide for competencies in methodology, research-based instructional techniques and programming, diagnosis, assessment, prescription, and the use of assistive technology, thereby insuring access, to the fullest extent possible, for each student.

4. To pass the program exit examination as determined by the NC State Board of Education.

5. To meet the education technology proficiency requirement.

6. To provide hands-on practicum and internship opportunities for skill development, skill assessment, and the practice of competencies throughout the candidates program of study.

7. To acquaint the future teacher candidates with the professional communities' knowledge exchange network of journals, conferences, and professional organizations such as The Council for Exceptional Children.