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Welcome to the Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research!

The Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research (SEFR) is a unique blend of three program areas. SEFR includes a variety of courses providing a base for understanding the field of special education, investigating educational research and practice, and meeting the needs of diverse learners and students with disabilities.

The Foundations area, while housed in SEFR, serves across the College of Education and provides core courses essential to preparing educators for the diverse and changing student population in today's schools. The structures on which education is built are coupled with an emphasis on learning diversity, cultural diversity, and global diversity.

The Research area also serves across the College of Education. Faculty in this area provide instruction in research methodology. They also assist faculty and students across the College in various research endeavors including theses, dissertations, scholarly investigation, and grant work.

The Special Education program offers several options for teacher licensure and professional development. Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are available in either General Curriculum (GC) or Adapted Curriculum (AC). Special Education GC majors will be prepared to serve diverse learners with disabilities in a variety of settings including general education co-teaching classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained classrooms, as appropriate.

All SPED GC majors also have a concentration in the area of Reading. Candidates for the BS in SPED GC may serve students in a variety of categories such as learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disabilities. SPED AC majors will be prepared to serve students with more intensive intellectual or physical disabilities. Candidates for the BS in SPED AC may work in a variety of settings.

The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) - Special Education degree is offered in the areas of Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, and Low Incidence Disabilities. Four graduate certificate programs in the areas of Assistive Technology, Autism, Behavior Specialist, and Deaf-blindness are also available. Candidates in these graduate programs are prepared for advanced instructional and leadership roles in special education.

For those with a teaching license or degree in another area of study, programs for Lateral Entry, Licensure Only, Add-On Areas, and MAT are available.

A variety of scholarship opportunities are available to candidates majoring in Special Education.

SEFR is proud to house the Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center. The IHAT Center provides candidates access to a multitude of assistive technologies that will benefit students with disabilities.

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College of Education online graduate education programs highest ranked in North Carolina
GREENVILLE, N.C. (1/10/2017) – East Carolina University’s online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs have been recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. ECU’s online graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education and nursing as well as the online bachelor’s degrees are listed in U.S. News 2017 Best Online Programs announced Jan. 10. ECU’s online criminal justice graduate program placed the highest in North Carolina and tied for 15 out of 55 schools ranked. Dr. William Bloss, professor and chair of the Continue reading →

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Mandatory Intern II Seminar Moved to Jan. 13th due to Impending Weather
Due to projected inclement weather for this weekend, the Mandatory Seminar for Intern II’s has been changed from Monday, January 9th to Friday, January 13th. An updated Spring Internship II Calendar has been posted at www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oce/interns.cfm

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Guili Zhang Elected as Chair of the American Evaluation Association Assessment in Higher Education TIG
At the 2016 American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference recently held in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Guili Zhang was re-elected as Chair of the American Evaluation Association Assessment in Higher Education TIG. Dr. Zhang has also been serving as Chair of the Quantitative Methods TIG of AEA for the past 7 years. The American Evaluation Association is a professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and Continue reading →