The program of study in Special Education consists of five curricular components: freshman seminar and general education, the specialty area, professional studies, content pedagogy (methods and internship), and six hours of School of Education electives. Field experiences are provided within many of the Special Education courses to provide relevant and hands on experience within K-12 grade classes with students with mild to moderate disabilities. Our classes are offered in a hybrid or online format.
Upon successful completion of the program and related requirements graduates are eligible for a Standard Professional I license to teach in the State of North Carolina. The NC Department of Public Instruction issues the teaching license based on University recommendation and successful completion of the edTPA. Passing scores on the Praxis II and Pearson Foundations are a requirement for licensure.
The Special Education program in General Curriculum is one of 12 teacher education programs offered at UNCP. Special Education majors are subject to Teacher Education Program policies, admission requirements, continuation requirements, and graduation requirements.
The Special Education program is approved by the NC State Board of Education.