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What is special about Special Education at ECU? Overview of program leading to an exciting and rewarding career for those who are interested in teaching K-12 students with disabilities


What is Special Education? Access to Instruction ▪Provides services and individualized instruction to meet unique needs of students with disabilities ▪To ensure that all students participate meaningfully and successfully in education ▪ Achieve academically, functionally, and socially in the general or adapted curriculum.


What is Special Education? A Service – Not a Place ▪ Services, supports, and instruction determined by Individualized Education Program (IEP)

▪ Least Restrictive Environment: Most students with disabilities are taught in a general education classroom in a neighborhood school ▪ Small number of students are provided services in separate settings for part or all of the day


What Roles Can You Choose? • Co-Teacher with General Educator • Resource Teacher, General Curriculum • Inclusion Support Specialist • Specialized Teacher for small group of students • All of the above!


Which Program Is Right for You? Bachelor of Science, Initial Licensure • SPED – General Curriculum – High Incidence(e.g., LD, BED, ID)– HS diploma – Reading License – Elementary Education courses

• SPED – Adapted Curriculum – Low Incidence – functional, extended cur. • Significant cognitive or physical disabilities


Which Program Is Right for You? • State Employees Credit Union (SECU)Partnership East – Community College partnership leads to initial license, GC + Reading – Part-time students complete program in 4.5 years – ECU courses offered on-line


Why Special Education at ECU? • Hands-on experiences in various placements throughout the program

• Linked methods and practicum courses • Authentic assignments related to classroom tasks • Scholarship opportunities • Graduates are highly qualified in SPED K12 and as teacher-of-record across K6 content areas • High employment rate of graduates and...


Student Council for Exceptional Children – Opportunities for Fellowship, Service, and Personal / Professional Growth – Campus & Community Projects – State and National Conferences


Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center – Teach candidates about AT services and devices – Professional development infused in SPED courses – Interact with and create educational materials


Learn more about the Special Education Program http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/sefr/sped/index.cfm CONTACT Dr. Kathi Wilhite, Interim Chair Department of SPED, Foundations, & Research wilhitek@ecu.edu Dr. Laura King, Associate Chair Special Education Program kinglau@ecu.edu

What's Special about Special Education at ECU?  
What's Special about Special Education at ECU?  

Overview of the program leading to an exciting and rewarding career for those who are interest in teaching K-12 students with disabilities.

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