The mission of the Special Education Program is to prepare knowledgeable educators who understand child development and variations in student abilities, skills, and maturation; and who use that knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs based on individual student needs, family input, and current research.
We offer several program options for individuals interested in a career in special education. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree in Inclusive Education and initial North Carolina (NC) licensure in the Special Education, General Curriculum for grades K-12. These majors are also recommended for NC licensure in Elementary Education for grades K-6.
Students with undergraduate degrees in Special Education or other education areas can enter the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree program and earn master’s level North Carolina licensure in one of three areas; Gifted Creative and Innovative Education, Mild to Moderate Disabilities, or Severe/Profound Disabilities.
Students who have bachelor degrees in a field other than education can pursue the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree and earn both their initial (A) and master's (M) level licensures in either Special Education - Adapted or General Curriculum.
We also offer add on licensure in the area of Academically or Intellectually Gifted education (AIG) education, for grades K-12, at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Teachers who hold or are eligible for a NC license in any area can participate in this online program. Students in the AIG program learn techniques for screening, identifying and evaluating gifted learners; explore models and methods for differentiating instruction; learn how to promote creativity and problem solving; and learn how to advocate for gifted students regardless of issues of gender, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and language.
In addition to licensure options, the Special Education Graduate Program offers teachers a professional development credential in three critical skill areas:
- Creativity and Differentiation
- Response to Intervention for Social and Emotional Behavior
- Collaboration with Families and Professionals
This online professional development opportunity is highly interactive and will help address real issues you face in today's classrooms.
The Sharon Dole scholarship is available for graduate students in the gifted creative and innovative education program. For information on this scholarship, please contact Lisa Bloom. Information on other scholarships is available here.
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