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B.S. in Special Education, Adapted Curriculum or General Curriculum

The SPED initial licensure options are based on a non-categorical model with two licenses: the SPED general curriculum (GC) license and the SPED adapted curriculum (AC) license. The GC license prepares teachers to work with students with disabilities who are pursuing a high school diploma and are in the general education curriculum. The AC license prepares teachers to work with students 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.

Highlights of the ECU SPED BS program include:

  • General Curriculum License
    • Linked methods and practicum courses
    • Fulfillment of the Reading License requirements
    • Fulfillment of most Elementary License requirements
  • Adapted Curriculum License
    • Linked methods and practicum courses
    • Interdisciplinary model including courses in communication, adapted physical activity, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and rehabilitation services

Both licensure options offer:

  • A developmental scope and sequence of knowledge and skills necessary for the professional educator
  • Early and on-going field-based experiences in local schools
  • Authentic assignment structures

Knowledge of:

  • NC Standard Course of Study and curriculum differentiation
  • Academic, emotional, social, and behavioral aspects of student development
  • Classroom structure and management
  • Legal requirements of special education processes and procedure
  • Assessment for eligibility determination, instructional planning, and intervention
  • Technology use
  • School district and building systems/structures

Program courses in each option provide a common core of the general knowledge and skills necessary for beginning teachers. The special education program area works in partnership with the educational community in the development of these professional special educators.

Email the COE Advising Center

For more information, contact:

Laura King
Associate Chair - Special Education
139 Speight Building

Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate

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On: 26 Nov 2014 15:32, In: Academic Success Center
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On: 03 Nov 2014 21:43, In: COE in the News
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On: 31 Oct 2014 12:00, In: 2015 CAEP Preparation
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On: 29 Oct 2014 12:00, In: 2015 CAEP Preparation
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Science Education Club on the Path to National Recognition

On: 24 Oct 2014 18:16, In: Center for STEM Education
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