Special Education Major (SPED)
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Required: 127 semester hours, to include at least 36 semester hours at or above the 300 course levelAOS Code: U265
The Special Education Program provides opportunities for the study of school-age learners with mild to moderate disabilities (learning disabilities, behavior/emotional disabilities, and educable mental disabilities). Students enrolling in this program learn about trends and issues in the field of special education, characteristics and needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities, specialized teaching methods for working with these students, strategies for collaboration with parents/families and colleagues, positive means for providing behavior supports, and technology applications that support students’ education.
In addition to courses in the major area, students elect a second academic concentration (e.g., psychology, sociology, interdepartmental studies). Field experiences and student teaching take place at local public and private schools with students who have mild to moderate disabilities. Students completing this program and its requirements are eligible for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in special education: general curriculum (K–12).
Transfer students may require additional semesters to complete this undergraduate degree program.
Also see Teacher Education for Teacher Education admission requirements and second academic concentration requirements.
Student Learning Goals
Students completing the teacher preparation program in special education: general curriculum are able to:
I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)
II General Education Marker Requirements
Students may select courses for:
Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course
One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
III Major Requirements
Minimum 51 semester hours in the major: SES 135, 240, 250, 252, 350A, 350B, 350C, 360, 447, 460, 466, 465, 469, 471, 472
IV Related Area Requirements
CUI 320 or 335, 420, 450; ELC 381; HEA 201; LIS 120; PSY 121*, 250; SOC 101*
*PSY 121 and SOC 101 satisfy GSB.
V Teacher Licensure Requirements
VI Second Academic Concentration Requirement
All students majoring in Special Education are required to complete an approved second academic concentration consisting of a minimum of 24 semester hours in a basic academic discipline. Depending on the academic discipline selected, a maximum of 6 hours may be counted toward both the General Education (GE) requirements and the second academic concentration. The following concentrations have been approved for Special Education: Anthropology; Communication Studies; Human Development and Family Studies; Psychology; Sociology; approved interdepartmental studies.
Electives sufficient to complete the 127 semester hours required for degree.