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Gayle McLawhorn
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Bachelor of Science 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.

Course List

Special Education, Adapted Curriculum, BS

1. Foundations curriculum requirements including those listed below - 42 s.h.
(For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see .)
  • ART 3850 - Art in the Elementary School
  • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
  • MATH 2127 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • MUSC 3048 - Music for Exceptional Children
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
2. Professional studies - 25 s.h.
  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education
  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment
  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology
  • READ 3301 - Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades
  • SPED 2123 - Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers
  • SPED 4320 - Communication and Collaboration in Special Education
  • SPED 4324 - Internship in Special Education
3. Core - 45 s.h.
  • ASLS 2020 - Sign Language Studies I
  • CSDI 2100 - Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • KINE 5303 - Physical Activity Programs for Individuals with Developmental, Emotional, and Learning Disabilities
  • SPED 2000 - Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • SPED 2200 - Introduction to Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum
  • SPED 2209 - Introductory Practicum with Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum
  • SPED 3001 - Assessing Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 3004 - Managing the Learning Environment
  • SPED 3005 - Instructional Programming in Special Education
  • SPED 3006 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Students with Disabilities
  • SPED 3007 - Managing the Physical Needs of Learners with Disabilities
  • SPED 3200 - Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum
  • SPED 3209 - Instructional Practicum for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum
  • SPED 4000 - Technology in Special Education
  • SPED 4200 - Special Issues and Strategies for Students with Disabilities in the Adapted Curriculum
  • SPED 4300 - Practicum in Special Education
  • RCTX 2230 - Recreational Therapy Foundations
4. Cognates - 14 s.h.
  • LING 4710 - TESOL Theories and Principles
  • MATE 3050 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades Pre-K-2
  • MATE 3051 - Field Experience in Mathematics Grades K-2
  • MATE 3060 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades 3-6
  • SCIE 3216 - Teaching Science in the Elementary School
5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
    Note:
    The Academic Concentration is not required for SPED majors.

      Special Education, General Curriculum, BS

      1. Foundations curriculum requirements including those listed below - 42 s.h.
      (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see .)
      • ART 3850 - Art in the Elementary School
      • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking
      • COMM 2420 - Business and Professional Communication
      • MATH 2127 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
      • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
      • MUSC 3048 - Music for Exceptional Children
      • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
      • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
      2. Professional studies - 25 s.h.
      • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
      • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education
      • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment
      • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology
      • READ 3301 - Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades
      • SPED 2123 - Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers
      • SPED 4320 - Communication and Collaboration in Special Education
      • SPED 4324 - Internship in Special Education
      3. Core - 30 s.h.
      • SPED 2000 - Introduction to Exceptional Children
      • SPED 2100 - Introduction to Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum
      • SPED 2109 - Introductory Practicum with Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum
      • SPED 3001 - Assessing Students with Disabilities
      • SPED 3004 - Managing the Learning Environment
      • SPED 3005 - Instructional Programming in Special Education
      • SPED 3100 - Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities in the General Curriculum
      • SPED 3109 - Instructional Practicum for Exceptional Children in the General Curriculum
      • SPED 4000 - Technology in Special Education
      • SPED 4100 - Issues and Strategies for Students with Disabilities in the General and Adapted Curricula
      • SPED 4300 - Practicum in Special Education
      4. Cognates - 11 s.h.
      • MATE 3050 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades Pre-K-2
      • MATE 3051 - Field Experience in Mathematics Grades K-2
      • MATE 3060 - Mathematics and Methods for Grades 3-6
      • SCIE 3216 - Teaching Science in the Elementary School
      5. Reading license - 21-24 s.h.
        6. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
          Note: