Elementary Education & Special Education

Degree Outcomes

  • Graduates are eligible to become special education teachers, general education teachers, or inclusive education specialists.
  • Graduates are eligible for licensure by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in Special Education.
  • Graduates are professionals prepared for diverse roles in education and often grow into leadership roles.

The Student Experience

  • Gain clinical and field-based experiences with students on the adapted curriculum across educational settings.
  • Engage in inquiry through the conceptualization and implementation of a research project.
  • Work with individuals with and without disabilities across the lifespan in a variety of inclusive educational and community environments.
  • Finish the program in a student-teaching placement.

Accreditations & Affiliations

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
  • Council for Exceptional Children

Additional Requirements

This degree program follows the admission guidelines of the School of Education teacher programs; admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the major. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum passing score established by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on the Professional Assessment for Beginning Teachers (Praxis I). In addition, this degree program requires a grade of C or better in TED 250 or SES 250.