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College of Education


Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research


Alana M. Zambone, Interim Chair, 139 Speight Building

The mission of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research is to prepare and develop professionals in special education, draw from multiple disciplines to provide core course work for all teacher education programs in the historical, philosophical, and conceptual foundations of education, and provide practitioners in graduate teacher education programs with courses that enable them to analyze and perform research The department faculty is committed to delivering comprehensive programs and rich clinical experiences in special education and core foundation and research knowledge and skills for all teacher education students designed to prepare teachers who are reflective practitioners and leaders who provide effective professional service to the community, the state, and the nation.

The special education, foundation, and research programs are committed to the preparation of teachers who are knowledgeable, reflective, technologically proficient, and skilled in meeting the needs of a diverse student population. The programs place an emphasis on service through faculty participation in the improvement of the public schools and assistance in the development and creation of educational policy for North Carolina, as well as support for scholarship and research/creative activity.

The special education program offers an exciting array of undergraduate, graduate, and licensure-only special education programs on-campus and through distance education. Special education offers many opportunities for professional development in all areas of special education. The bachelor of science (BS) in special education leads to a combination of the North Carolina A-level special education-general curriculum and A-level reading licensure, or the A-level licensure in special education, adaptive curriculum. The master of arts in education (MAEd) in special education leads to North Carolina M-level licensure in special education – learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, or low incidence disabilities. The master of arts in teaching (MAT) in special education leads to North Carolina A-level licensure in special education-general curriculum.

The Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research also offers three graduate certificates in assistive technology, autism, and deaf-blindness. These certificates are designed to prepare education, related service, and health care professionals in the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective practice, research-based instructional and related services to utilize assistive technology to enhance the functional performance of individuals with disabilities, or enhance the educational outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders or deaf-blindness.

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center


The Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center operates as a resource, demonstration, research, and training center for faculty and students across the university. The Center prepares faculty and students to serve individuals in need of assistive technology services and devices through education, research and direct service (in support of research or training). The Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center houses an array of devices, software, and other resources that are available for exploration and for loan. The Center conducts research on the efficacy of various devices for different populations of individuals with special needs in partnership with faculty and students across Colleges and Departments, and professionals from schools and community agencies and services.

Bachelor of Science Degrees in Special Education


The bachelor of science degree (BS) in special education prepares and develops professionals in special education who are committed to accomplishing the following as teachers of children with disabilities: the development of each student's maximum individual potential through the acquisition of skills, values, and attitudes in the academic, social, communicative, vocational, and motoric domains. To this end, students are prepared for the role of diagnostic/prescriptive teachers. The BS degree comprises two areas of special education that lead to initial teaching licensure in the general curriculum and the adapted curriculum. Students pursuing the special education-general curriculum license also pursue the reading license.

BS in Special Education, Adapted Curriculum


Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    ART 3850. Art in the Elementary School (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) (P: Junior standing)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    MATH 2127. Basic Concepts of Mathematics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test) or MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section of the SAT/ACT)
    MUSC 3048. Music for Exceptional Children (2) (F,S) (P: MUSC 3018)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 2777. Ethno-cultural Psychology (3) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose 8 s.h. BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or GEOL (FC:SC)
    Choose a history course (FC:SO)
    Choose a literature course (FC:HU)
  2. Professional studies - 25 s.h.
    EDTC 4001. Technology in Education (2) (F,S,SS) (P: Admission to upper division)
    EDUC 3200. Foundations of American Education (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (P: Early experience course or consent of instructor)
    EDUC 4400. Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (3) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; C: Senior I semester) or PSYC 4305. Educational Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 2201 or 2240 or 3206 or 3240 or equivalent)
    READ 3301. Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades (3) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 2123. Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers (1) (F,S)
    SPED 4320. Communication and Collaboration in Special Education (3) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; C: SPED 4324. Taken as the Senior 2 Seminar)
    SPED 4324. Internship in Special Education (10) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3005, 4000)
  3. Core - 45 s.h.
    ASLS 2020. Sign Language Studies I (3) (F, S, SS)
    CSDI 2100. Introduction to Communication Disorders (3) (F,S,SS)
    EXSS 5303. Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Developmental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities (3) (P: EXSS 3545 or 3546; SPED 5101 or consent of instructor)
    SPED 2000. Introduction to Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 2200. Introduction to Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum (3) (F) (P: SPED 2000; C: SPED 2209)
    SPED 2209. Introductory Practicum for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum (1) (F) (P: SPED 2000; C: SPED 2200)
    SPED 3001. Assessing Students with Disabilities (3) (S) (P: SPED 2100, 2109; or SPED 2200, 2209)
    SPED 3004. Managing the Learning Environment (3) (F) (P: SPED 2000; 2100, 2109; or 2200, 2209; C: SPED 3005)
    SPED 3005. Instructional Programming in Special Education (3) (F,SS) (P: SPED 2100, 2109; or 2200, 2209; C: SPED 3004)
    SPED 3006. Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students with Disabilities (3) (S) (P: SPED 2000, 2200/2209. 3004, 3005; C: SPED 3001)
    SPED 3007. Managing the Physical Needs of Learners with Disabilities (2) (F) (P: SPED 2200, 2209)
    SPED 3200. Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum (4) (WI) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3004, 3005; C: SPED 3209)
    SPED 3209. Instructional Practicum for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum (2) (S,SS) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3004, 3005; C: SPED 3200)
    SPED 4000. Technology in Special Education (3) (F,S,SS) (P: SPED 2000; EDTC 4001)
    SPED 4200. Special Issues and Strategies for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curricula (3) (F) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3100, 3109; or SPED 3200, 3209;C: SPED 4300)
    SPED 4300. Practicum in Special Education (3) (F) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3100, 3109; or SPED 3200, 3209; C: SPED 4100)
    RCTX 2230. Recreational Therapy Foundations (3) (F,S)
  4. Cognates - 14 s.h.
    ENGL 4710. Teaching English as a Second Language: Theories and Principles (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    MATE 3050. Mathematics and Methods for Grades Pre-K-2 (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Foundations curriculum mathematics course; C: MATE 3051)
    MATE 3051. Field Experience in Mathematics Grades K-2 (1) (F,S,SS) (P: Foundations curriculum mathematics course; C: MATE 3050)
    MATE 3060. Mathematics and Methods for Grades 3-6 (4) (F,S,SS) (P: Admission to upper division; MATE 3050)
    SCIE 3216. Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3) (F,S,SS)
  5. Academic concentration (The Academic Concentration is not required for SPED majors entering the university as of fall semester, 2004)
  6. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

BS in Special Education, General Curriculum


Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    ART 3850. Art in the Elementary School (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) (P: Junior standing)
    COMM 2410. Public Speaking (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) or COMM 2420. Business and Professional Communication (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    MATH 2127. Basic Concepts of Mathematics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test) or MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section of the SAT/ACT)
    MUSC 3048. Music for Exceptional Children (2) (F,S) (P: MUSC 3018)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 2777. Ethnocultural Psychology (3) (FC:SO) (Formerly PSYC 3777) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose 8 s.h. BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or GEOL (FC:SC)
    Choose a history course (FC:SO)
    Choose a literature course (FC:HU)
  2. Professional studies - 25 s.h.
    EDTC 4001. Technology in Education (2) (F,S,SS) (P: Admission to upper division)
    EDUC 3200. Foundations of American Education (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (P: Early experience course or consent of instructor)
    EDUC 4400. Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (3) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; C: Senior I semester) or PSYC 4305. Educational Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 2201 or 2240 or 3206 or 3240 or equivalent)
    PSYC 4305. Educational Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 22011 or 2240 or 3240 or equivalent)
    READ 3301. Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades (3) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 2123. Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers (1) (F,S)
    SPED 4320. Communication and Collaboration in Special Education (3) (F,S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 4100, 4300; C: SPED 4324. Taken as the Senior 2 Seminar)
    SPED 4324. Internship in Special Education (10) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3005, 4000)
  3. Core - 30 s.h.
    SPED 2000. Introduction to Exceptional Children (2) (F,S,SS)
    SPED 2100. Introduction to Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum (3) (F) (P: SPED 2000; C: SPED 2109)
    SPED 2109. Introductory Practicum for Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum (1) (F) (P: SPED 2000; C: SPED 2100)
    SPED 3001. Assessing Students with Disabilities (3) (S) (P: SPED 2100, 2109; or SPED 2200, 2209)
    SPED 3004. Managing the Learning Environment (3) (F) (P: SPED 2100, 2109; or 2200, 2209; C: SPED 3004)
    SPED 3005. Instructional Programming in Special Education (3) (F,S) (P: SPED 2000, 2100, 2109; C: SPED 3001, 3004)
    SPED 3100. Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum (4) (WI) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3001, 3004, 3005; C: SPED 3109)
    SPED 3109. Instructional Practicum for Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum (2) (S) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3001, 3004, 3005; C: SPED 3100)
    SPED 4000. Technology in Special Education (3) (F,S,SS) (P: SPED 2000; EDTC 4001)
    SPED 4100. Issues and Strategies for Students with Disabilities in the General and Adapted Curricula (3) (F) (CO: SPED 4300; P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3100, 3109; or SPED 3200, 3209; C: SPED 4300)
    SPED 4300. Practicum in Special Education (3) (F) (P: Admission to upper division; SPED 3100,3109; or SPED 3200, 3209; C: SPED 4100)
  4. Cognates - 11 s.h.
    MATE 3050. Mathematics and Methods for Grades Pre-K-2 (3) (F,S,SS) (P: Foundations curriculum mathematics course; C: MATE 3051)
    MATE 3051. Field Experience in Mathematics Grades K-2 (1) (F,S,SS) (P: Foundations curriculum mathematics course; C: MATE 3050)
    MATE 3060. Mathematics and Methods for Grades 3-6 (4) (F,S,SS) (P: Admission to upper division; MATE 3050)
    SCIE 3216. Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3) (F,S,SS)
  5. Academic concentration (The academic concentration is not required for SPED majors entering the university beginning fall semester, 2004)
  6. Reading License - 21-24 s.h.
  7. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.