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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.

For Undergraduate Program information, contact:


Email the COE Advising Center


Laura King
Associate Chair - Special Education
139 Speight Building

Gayle McLawhorn
Administrative Support Associate


“Most Likely to Succeed” film screening inspires students and faculty

On: 06 Oct 2016 16:00, In: COE in the News
On Sept. 27th, the College of Education held a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed. The 82 people in the audience were a mixture of faculty and students.  Most Likely to Succeed aims to help all schools re-imagine their purpose and create learning experiences that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century. The film has been shown at multiple film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. These screenings create a space for meaningful and necessary discussion between educators, administrators, parents, and students about how steps Continue reading →

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East Carolina University’s College of Education welcomed visitors from Hiroshima University Sept. 18-21.

On: 23 Sep 2016 14:48, In: COE in the News
The international educational exchange and partnership has existed for 20 years, allowing faculty and students from ECU, Pitt County Schools and Hiroshima University to share and learn from each other. Each summer two Pitt County teachers and an ECU faculty member are invited to go to Hiroshima, present at a conference and meet graduate students who will come to ECU in the fall. While in Greenville, the Hiroshima University graduate students visited classes at Elmhurst and Wahl-Coats elementary schools and C.M. Eppes Middle School. They Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

On: 19 Sep 2016 17:23, In: Alumni News
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

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COE special ed alumnae recognized

On: 09 Aug 2016 14:44, In: Alumni News
ECU College of Education alumnae Hayley Flynn Mullins was recently was named Coordinator of Special Education for Campbell County Public Schools, Virginia. Hayley graduated in May 2008 with an undergraduate degree in special education, general curriculum with an adapted curriculum add-on. “I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to directly oversee our adapted curriculum classrooms and make meaningful changes to curriculum, procedures and processes in order to better student outcomes,” said Mullins. Hayley has already begun actively recruiting ECU graduates and Continue reading →

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Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight Hosts Video Interview Series, “Schooled: Conversations About Education”

On: 29 Jul 2016 15:32, In: COE in the News
For the past two years, Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight has hosted a web-based video interview series called “Schooled: Conversations About Education,” where he interviews researchers and practitioners about all things education. These videos are designed to be a resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about issues related to education. See the series on Youtube here: Recent interviews include: Susan Engel on Curiosity and the Hungry Mind Mark Bauerlein on Common Core and His Vision for Education Journalist Megan Mcardle on The Continue reading →

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