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Special Education

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Certificates

Licensure

Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate
134 Speight Building
252-328-6397 mclawhorng@ecu.edu

Choosing a Special Education Major

The Special Education program area offers an exciting array of undergraduate, graduate, and licensure-only special education programs, both on-campus and through distance education [on-line and through State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East]. Don't forget to check out our Special Education Graduate Certificates!

Undergraduate Degree

In pursuing bachelor's degree in special education (SPED), there are two initial licensure options based on a non-categorical model: the SPED general curriculum (SPED-GC) license and the SPED adapted curriculum (SPED-AC) license. The GC license prepares teachers to work with children with mild/moderate disabilities who are pursuing a high school diploma and are in the general education curriculum. The AC license prepares teachers to work with children with significant cognitive disabilities who are not pursuing a regular high school diploma and whose education is based in an extension of the general curriculum and an adapted curriculum. You may also add-on either license while pursuing your primary degree in special education. Please choose the link for more information on the BS in Special Education page for course information regarding your specific licensure goals.

Graduate Degree

To pursue a special education graduate/master's degree at ECU, students must have a special education teaching licensure. Apply to the graduate school as a degree-seeking graduate student.

Master's Program Options
  • High-Incidence Options
    • Mental Retardation (MR)
    • Learning Disabilities (LD)
    • Behavioral-Emotional Disabilities (BED)
  • Low-Incidence Disabilities (LID)/Severe-Profound (SPH)
Certification/Licensure

To pursue special education certification-only or licensure-only, apply to the ECU graduate school as a non-degree seeking graduate student." Non-degree" means that you have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are not currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Special Education Certification/Licensure Options
Certificates

To pursue special education certificate, apply to the ECU graduate school as a non-degree seeking graduate student." Non-degree" means that you have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are not currently enrolled in a master’s program.

Special Education Certification/Licensure Options
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