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Special Education Programs

The mission of the Special Education Programs is to prepare teachers to effectively teach and nurture students with special needs, to address issues of language and cultural diversity, and to collaborate with parents, other professionals, and students in the delivery of evidence based educational programs.

A) General Curriculum in Special Education

The Special Education Programs prepare graduates to be professional educators and leaders in the field of special education for students with mild disabilities in the licensure areas of general curriculum, behavioral-emotional disabilities, and learning disabilities. Graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of all special educators as defined by The Standards for the Preparation and Licensure of Special Educators, The Council for Exceptional Children, the initial and advanced competencies of the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction, and the Standard for Beginning Teachers of the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium.

Admissions Information

Applications to the programs are due in the Graduate Admissions Office on October 1 for the Spring and March 1 for Fall admission consideration [Note: Extension may be granted by Department Chairperson]. Candidates are required to submit the Graduate Application, two transcripts of all college work, two professional recommendations and Graduate Record Examination Scores. All materials must be on file by the deadline for an application to be considered.

Admission to the graduate program is based on a weighted formula that includes the application essay, GPA, GRE scores, and references. Full admission to the program requires permanent initial licensure in an academic area of education or completion of 15 hours of prerequisite competencies. Students who do not have permanent initial license may be admitted on a conditional basis until the 15 hours of prerequisites are completed.

Graduate Competencies and Portfolio Requirements

1) Master's of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in the General Curriculum

The Master's of the Arts of Teaching is a 39 hour program for students who have a background in education, but do not have a license in special education. The program provides students with initial license competencies in knowledge of special populations, adapting curriculum, assessing students, writing IEP's and instructional methodology. After completion of the basic courses, students take courses in applied research, leadership and technology with advanced study of current research and policy in special education. In addition, students with limited or no background in education will need up to 15 hours of pre-requisites prior to enrolling in the MAT program. Upon completion of the program, students receive an M license in one of the following concentrations:

2) Licensure Only Program

Students may apply for a Licensure Only Program in the Special Education General Curriculum through the Alternative Licensure Program. Information and application packages for the Licensure Only Program can be obtained by calling (919) 530-7291.

For information and applications, contact:

Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education Program
School of Education
700 Cecil Street
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 530-7291

B) Visual Impairment Training Program


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