Special Education


Overview & Academics

The SPECIAL EDUCATION Program focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities. Students are prepared to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies. Students may choose to double major in both Elementary Education and Special Education.

Dr. Danielle Madrazo
Associate Professor
Director of Teacher Education
dmadrazo@ncwc.edu
252.985.5165

Dr. Patricia Brewer
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Special Education
pbrewer@ncwc.edu
252.985.5220

Dr. Lois Hart
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of Field Assignments
lhart@ncwc.edu
252.985.5164

Stephanie Hilton
Administrative Assistant
shilton@ncwc.edu
252.985.5163

Career Options
Special Education Teacher

Major Requirements
Core requirements:
CIS 310
ENG 130
HIS 111
MAT 111
PSY 201

Major requirements:
EDU 202, 205, 208, 210, 303, 307, 310, 312, 313, 321, 344, 400, 406, 415, 416
MAT 302
SPE 300, 325, 326, 327, 328, 427 and 428 (Student Teaching)

Minor Requirements
No Minor Offered

Special Education Undergraduate Plan*

Fall Semester Credits
ENG 111 Writing I 3
MAT 111 Survey of Mathematics 3
EXS 100 Fitness & Wellness 2
ART/ENT/MUS Fine Arts Requirement 3
CIS 310 Information Systems Concepts 3
International Studies Requirement 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 17


Spring Semester Credits
ENG 112 Writing II 3
PSY/SOC Requirement 3
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Laboratory 1
ECO/GEO/JUS Social Science Requirement 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

Fall Semester Credits
EDU 202 Educational Theory and Practice 3
EDU 205 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDU 208 PRAXIS Core Academic Lab for Instructors 1
ENG 130 Fundamentals of Communication 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Lab Requirement 1
ENG Literature Requirement 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 17

 


Spring Semester Credits
HIS/POL Requirement 3
PSY 201 Psychological Development in Childhood 3
Ethics Requirement 3
SPE 300 Introduction to Special Education 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15

Fall Semester Credits
EDU 310 Technology in Education* 3
EDU 303 Elementary Methods for Integrating Arts, Movement,
and Healthy Living Across the K-6 Curriculum* 3
EDU 321 Curriculum in Elementary Education* 3
SPE 325  Research Based Learning Strategies for Exceptional Children 3
SPE 326 Research Based Learning Strategies for Math Reading and Writing* 3
EDU 210 Books for Children, K-6 3

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TOTAL HOURS: 18


Spring Semester Credits
SPE 327 Assessment & Program Development in Special Education 3
SPE 328 Applied Behavior Analysis and Intervention* 3
EDU 344 Elementary Methods and Materials in the Social Studies* 3
EDU 312 Reading, K-6* 3
EDU 313 Language Arts, K-6* 3
EDU 307 Laboratory Methods in Science for
the Elementary School Teacher* 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 18

Fall Semester Credits
EDU 415 Practicum in School Settings* 3
MAT 302 Teaching Math in Elementary School* 3
SPE 427 Seminar in Special Education* 3
EDU 406 Teacher Education Licensure Test Preparation Lab* 3
EDU 400 Education Foundations and Diversity* 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
EDU 416 Classroom Management and Collaborative Leadership Seminar* 3
SPE 428 Directed Teaching: Special Education* 9
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TOTAL HOURS: 12

* The four-year degree plan provided is just a guide and not an actual expectation of courses that students have to take during specific semesters. Each student may have a unique graduation plan based on transfer credit, courses offerings, course load taken, summer course options, intended career/graduate school plans, etc. An advisor will work one-on-one with students to customize a four-year degree plan during a student’s first semester if requested by the student.