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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.

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For more information, contact:

Laura King
Associate Chair - Special Education
139 Speight Building

Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate

Dr. Grant Hayes

Hayes named Dean of College of Education

On: 31 Mar 2015 19:42, In: Academic Success Center
Dr. Grant Hayes has been named dean and distinguished professor of the College of Education at East Carolina University. Hayes is professor of counselor education and interim dean of the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida, where he has held numerous leadership positions since 1998. He will join ECU, […]

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From the TRC: NoveList Plus

On: 19 Mar 2015 21:13, In: COE in the News
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s NoveList Plus. This week’s post builds on a previous post we wrote about TeachingBooks.net. While TeachingBooks.net focuses on bringing the author to your students […]

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2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase

On: 16 Mar 2015 20:01, In: Adult Education
The COE Research Committee is proud to announce the 2015 College of Education Faculty and Student Research Showcase.  Please plan to attend and participate in this event on Wednesday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00PM in Mendenhall 244. Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location:  Mendenhall room 244 Presenters and Research Studies: […]

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ESA Scholarships Available for Special Education Majors

On: 06 Mar 2015 21:20, In: COE in the News
The North Carolina Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship Board will continue to offer their Scholarship for students and teachers who are pursuing a degree or certification in Special Education in 2015. The scholarship has been available since 1956 and is targeted to individuals training for work with exceptional children and has ranged from $500 […]

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Publications/Presentations by Dr. Rivera of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research

On: 02 Mar 2015 18:29, In: COE in the News
Dr. Christopher J. Rivera, of the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research (SEFR), has had three journal publications and three paper/poster presentations this academic year: Publications Hicks, S. C., Rivera, C. J., & Patterson, D. R. (Accepted). Simple steps for teaching prepositions to students with autism and developmental disability. Intervention in School and Clinic. […]

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