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A bachelor's degree in special education - general curriculum prepares teachers to work with children with disabilities who are pursuing a high school diploma and are in the general education curriculum in kindergarten through twelfth grade. SECU Partnership East (PE) special education majors also receive licensure to teach reading in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The special education coursework provided through PE is currently offered completely online. Throughout the program, students are placed in public school classrooms to observe and practice the teaching methods learned in the courses. A full-time internship in a public school classroom is required the senior year.

SECU Partnership East starts cohorts of special education majors annually. To join SECU Partnership East, students must meet the requirements listed on the general description webpage as well as submit a PE application to a PE Coordinator and a Freshman/Transfer application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at East Carolina University. Students must have access to the technology required as described in the Technology Requirements.

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Special Education, General Curriculum, BS

1. Foundations curriculum requirements including those listed below - 42 s.h.
(For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see )
  • ART 3850 - Art in the Elementary School
  • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
  • COMM 2420 - Business and Professional Communication
  • MATH 2127 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • MUSC 3048 - Music for Exceptional Children
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
2. Professional studies - 25 s.h.
  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education
  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment
  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology
  • READ 3301 - Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades
  • SPED 2123 - Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers
  • SPED 4320 - Communication and Collaboration in Special Education
  • SPED 4324 - Internship in Special Education
3. Core - 30 s.h.
  • SPED 2000 - Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • SPED 2100 - Introduction to Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum
  • SPED 2109 - Introductory Practicum with Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum
  • SPED 3001 - Assessing Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 3004 - Managing the Learning Environment
  • SPED 3005 - Instructional Programming in Special Education
  • SPED 3100 - Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum
  • SPED 3109 - Instructional Practicum for Exceptional Children in the General Curriculum
  • SPED 4000 - Technology in Special Education
  • SPED 4100 - Issues and Strategies for Students with Disabilities in the General and Adapted Curricula
  • SPED 4300 - Practicum in Special Education
4. Cognates - 11 s.h.
  • MATE 3050 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades Pre-K-2
  • MATE 3051 - Field Experience in Mathematics Grades K-2
  • MATE 3060 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades 3-6
  • SCIE 3216 - Teaching Science in the Elementary School
5. Academic concentration
    6. Reading License - 21-24 s.h.
      7. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.