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
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.
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.