BS Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12)

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) is designed for future teachers interested in working with students with disabilities, which can include autism spectrum disorders and other learning, mental, emotional, or physical challenges. Completion of this degree leads to a North Carolina teaching license in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12).

The Special Education (BS) – General Curriculum (K-12) degree prepares students to teach children and youth who will likely be expected to complete North Carolina public schools’ general curriculum requirements for career prep, college/tech prep, or college prep diploma. These students may have learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other health impairments or disabilities. Both pedagogical knowledge and special education-specific content make up the curriculum for the Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) degree.

Key Program Features

Engage with foundational and application-based learning materials

Participate in field experiences under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed and experienced teacher

Develop professional relationships with public school teachers and schools

Develop digital competencies that support instruction of content standards

Program Details

The Teacher Education program is based on the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards and the 21st century knowledge, skills, and dispositions embedded therein. The Teacher Education Program provides an integrated academic experience of quality educational programs, a supportive learning environment, and individual growth opportunities that promote the total development of the teacher education candidates.

A shortage of Special Education teachers in North Carolina and across the country currently exists. Graduates will have numerous job opportunities from which to choose. Our future teachers gain the ability to navigate the changing landscape of special education laws and procedures.

The support given by the highly qualified and experienced teaching staff makes this degree path stand apart from others. Experts in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments teach the courses.

All teacher candidates are required to complete a student teaching internship under the supervision of a certified, experienced teacher. In this experience, teacher-candidates will apply their content and pedagogical knowledge in the professional field.

Upon graduation, students may be qualified for a teaching certificate. Specific assessments may be required to attain teaching licensure.

The Braswell Teaching Scholarship, funded by the Jessie Dail and Walter Vernon Braswell Scholarship Endowment, provides a scholarship renewable annually up to three years. Scholarship amounts vary.

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Professional Studies (31SH)

  • EDU 101, 102, 201, 202 Professional Study for Teacher Ed.
  • EDU 303, 304 Junior Practicum
  • EDU 480 Classroom Management & Organization
  • EDU 485 Facilitation of Learning
  • EDU 486 Leadership Development
  • EDU 487 Societal Context of Schooling
  • EDU 493 Senior Practicum
  • EDU 499 Seminar/Internship

Special Education Emphasis (50SH)

  • ART 115 Design Fund. OR 121 Drawing Fund. OR 122 Painting Fund. OR 132 Graphic Design Fund. OR 142 Photography Fund. OR 365 Bookmaking
  • EDU 365 Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • EDU 375 Teaching Exceptional Children
  • EDU 475 Assessment & Evaluation
  • EDU 480 Classroom Organization & Management
  • ENG 213 Perspectives in World Literature
  • ENG 271 Intro to Language Studies
  • ENG 320 Advanced Grammar
  • HIS 202 Environmental History: Developed Regions OR HIS 203 Environmental History: Less Developed
  • HIS 485 Perspectives in World History
  • MAT 115 Foundations of Numbers & Operations
  • MAT 125 Concepts of Probability & Geometry
  • MAT 240 Statistical Methods
  • PLS 110 American Government
  • SCI 360 Inv. Phys. & Earth Sci. for Ed. Majors
  • SCI 3360L Inv. Phys. & Earth Sci. for Ed. Majors Lab
  • SCI 365 Inv. Life & Env. Sci. for Ed. Majors
  • SCI 365L Inv. Life & Env. Sci. for Ed. Majors Lab

Related Studies (12SH)

  • EDU 100 Orientation to American Education
  • EDU 105 Cross-Cultural Communications
  • EDU 250 Educational Technology
  • EDU 422 Effective Reading Instructions
  • EDU 423 Assessing & Evaluating Reading Problems

Graduates may pursue a career as a Special Education: General Curriculum teacher for K–12 learning environments in private or public schools. This bachelor’s program can also serve as a segue into earning a master’s degree for advanced knowledge, deepened understanding, upward mobility, a competitive edge, and potential for higher earnings.