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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. Christopher J. Rivera

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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College of Education Students Honored for Academic Excellence

On: 26 Feb 2015 18:48, In: Academic Success Center
On February 20, 2015, fifty-two East Carolina University freshmen and full time transfer students with an intended Teacher Education major were honored during the College of Education ECU EXCELS event. This event was a part of the annual ECU EXCELS program that recognizes students who are first time, full-time freshman or transfer students who earned […]

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From the TRC: TeachingBooks.net

On: 26 Feb 2015 14:51, In: COE in the News
It’s Thursday, and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource the Teaching Resources Center in Joyner Library has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. This week, it’s TeachingBooks.net. Short of inviting an author to speak on campus it can be difficult for children and young adults to feel […]

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2015 NCCEC participants

SPED Students Attend NC Council for Exceptional Children Conference

On: 16 Feb 2015 13:58, In: COE in the News
On January 29th and 30th 2015, members of ECU’s Student chapter of the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NCCEC) attended the annual state conference in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In addition to attending presentations by experts in the field of special education from across the state, students volunteered to help make the conference possible by: […]

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Ayla Allen

NC Council for Exceptional Children Award Scholarship to ECU Student

On: 13 Feb 2015 21:31, In: COE in the News
Ayla Allen, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in special education, adapted curriculum, recently was awarded a scholarship from the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NCCEC). Allen received this award for her dedicated service to students with disabilities through her work with the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) here at East Carolina University. […]

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