Special Education Teacher Preparation Program

Address: 416 School of Education Building
Phone: 336.334.3972
Web site: ses.uncg.edu

Majors & Concentrations

  • Elementary Education & Special Education (BS) U252
  • Special Education (general) (BS) U265
  • Special Education (general) 2Plus (BS) U785

About the major

The Special Education Teacher Preparation program provides opportunities for studying students with learning and behavioral differences who are accessing the general curriculum. Candidates enrolling in this program learn about trends and issues in the field of special education, characteristics and needs of students with mild/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.

The B.S. degree in elementary and special education culminates in initial licensure in elementary education (K-6) and special education (general curriculum K-12). Students are admitted to this program during the fall of their sophomore year. The B.S. degree in special education prepares special education teachers to work in public and private school settings. Graduates are eligible for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Special Education (K-12 general curriculum).

Special application procedures

The 127-semester-hour dual major in elementary education and special education follows the admission guidelines of the School of Education teacher programs regarding (a) achievement of minimum passing score requirements set forth by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on the Professional Assessment for Beginning Teachers (Praxis I); (b) appropriate GPA; (c) the recommendation of the departments; and (d) completion of at least 12 semester hours at UNCG.

What's Unique about specialized education services at UNCG?

  • Dual major in elementary education and special education option
  • Opportunity to choose from a variety of specialization areas
  • Diverse expertise and experienced faculty who have secured more than $8 million in federal funds in the past four years for the preparation of teachers and early interventionists
  • A state-of-the-art SELF (Student Educator Learning Factory) Design Studio prepares pre-service teachers for the challenges of teaching in the 21st-century classroom using a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education lab. Its mission is to create a space where minds come together to imagine, explore, create, and engage in the process of learning without boundaries.

Academic clubs, organizations, and activities

  • National Association of Educators of Young Children
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Teacher Education Student Association (TESA): School of Education-led organization dedicated to leadership, awareness, and professional development in the teaching profession.  Topics and presentations are targeted to address all teacher licensure programs. Organization works closely with the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC): national education organization dedicated to expertise and leadership in special education

Student opportunities

  • Completion of a second academic area concentration of 18-24 credit hours is required in one of the following academic disciplines: biology, chemistry and biochemistry, English, history, interdisciplinary science, mathematics, and physics and astronomy.
  • All students in special education programs are required to enroll in a two-semester credit field experience course for each of three semesters prior to student teaching. These field experiences include work with students with mild disabilities in elementary, middle school, and high school in public and nonpublic schools.
  • Student teaching includes a full semester of full-time work with students in an education setting.
  • Regular engagement in community service activities is made available to students.


  • Elementary, middle school, or high school teacher for students who have learning/behavioral differences who are accessing the general curriculum
  • Consulting or inclusive practices specialist

Professional organizations and accreditation

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

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