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Elizabeth City State University

Special Education General Curriculum (K-12)


Dr. Helen Marshall Caldwell School of Education and Psychology offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12, and initial North Carolina Licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum. This rigorous program of study is designed to provide the opportunities and experiences that candidates need to be effective teachers of students with disabilities, in diverse settings. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Candidates are assisted to make the transition from theory to practice through the integration of carefully selected field experiences and classroom activities and assignments.

Program Goals

The goals of the Special Education Program are to:

  1. provide an instructional program that incorporates technologies and reflects research-validated practices in special education and teacher preparation in general, in order to enhance the learning and the delivery of services to students with disabilities and their families;
  2. ensure that all candidates become effective facilitators, critical thinkers, advocators of diversity, reflective practitioners, proficient technology users, and competent evaluators; and
  3. comply with the guidelines, standards, competencies, policies, etc., established by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).


Graduates of the program will be prepared to:

  • provide explicit, systematic, and multi-sensory instruction to students with special educational needs;
  • conduct meaningful assessment of student learning through formal and informal measures, including standardized evaluation measures, curriculum-based assessment, curriculum-based measurement, continuous progress monitoring, and error analysis;
  • establish supportive relationships with students with special needs and their families that lead to positive outcomes; and
  • assist students with special needs to successfully self-advocate and transition to productive adulthood and citizenship.
  • a minimum of 124 semester hours is required to complete the Program.