Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education

  • Overview
    The elementary special education program at WPU is designed by experienced educators who are closely connected to public education in North Carolina, opening up a world of resources and opportunities for you to learn and grow.

    If teaching is your calling, you’ve come to the right place. The education major is one of the fastest growing at WPU, with tracks in elementary education and a blended elementary/special education program. Here you will dissect the learning process and examine the future of K-12 education. Our professors will challenge you to explore the latest teaching methods through relevant coursework, extensive field and practicum experiences, and enriching student-teaching opportunities.

    A close partnership with the Wake County Public School System, one of the best school systems in North Carolina, offers students access to extensive resources, valuable professional contacts and student teaching opportunities unavailable at other colleges and universities. Simply put, our students are prepared, connected and ready to make a difference when they graduate.

    Note to transfer students

    To be admitted to the program in the Fall of the Junior year, ALL students must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with a score of: Reading (126), Writing (162) and Math (150) or a cumulative score of (486).

    Take the Praxis Exam

    Study Education at WPU
  • Courses

    Bachelor of Arts in Education with Dual Licensure in Elementary Education & Special Education


    To be admitted to the program in the fall of the Junior year, ALL students must pass Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with a score of: Reading (126), Writing (162) and Math (150) or a cumulative score of (486)

    Liberal Education Requirements                49 hours
    Education Core Courses 53 hours
    Other Required Courses 15 hours
    General Electives 3 hours
    Total Credits for a B.A. in Education with Dual Licensure 120 hours


    Required Courses for Elementary Licensure
    15 credit hours
    HIS 103 World Civilizations or 104 World Civilizations II 3
    HIS 201 American History I or 202 American History II 3
    MAT 120 Foundations of Elementary Math 1 3
    MAT 121 Foundations of Elementary Math 2 3
    PSY 221 Life Span Development or PSY 310 Child and Adolescent Dev. 3


    Education Core Courses
    53 credit hours
    EDU 201:  Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers 3
    EDU 250:  Exceptionalities in Education 3
    EDU 302: Literacy Methods 1 3
    EDU 303:  Social Studies Methods 3
    EDU 304: Mathematics Methods 3
    EDU 305:  Science Methods 3
    EDU 310: Instructional Technology 3
    EDU 325:  Special Education Methods for General Curriculum 3
    EDU 330: Practicum for Special Education 1
    EDU 331:  Practicum for Elementary Education 1
    EDU 351: Classroom Management in the 21st Century Classroom 3
    EDU 402:  Classroom Assessment 3
    EDU 452:  21st Century Teacher Leadership 3
    EDU 460: Literacy Methods II 3
    EDU 480: Senior Seminar 2
    EDU 496:  Student Teaching 13
  • Faculty
    Jennifer Russell, WPU professor.
    Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education
    Amanda Bock, WPU professor.
    ​Assistant Professor of Special Education
    Robin Vincent, WPU professor.
    Assistant Professor of Education and Field Placement Coordinator
  • Careers

    The education major was specifically designed with help from the Wake County Public School System — people who understand what teachers need to know and the skills they need to master. WPU’s program is unique since it is a “blended” program where students earn licensure in both elementary education (K-6) and in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12).

    Recent employment by education majors:
    • CCR Teacher, Wake County Public Schools
    • 4th Grade Teacher, Wake County Public Schools
    • Special Education Teacher, Johnston County Public Schools
    • 6th Grade Integrated Language Arts Teacher, St. Mary’s Catholic High School, VA
    • Occupational Course of Study Teacher, Wilson County Schools
    • ASD Teacher, Osceola County School District
    • Exceptional Children’s Resource Teacher, Zeb Vance Elementary School
    • 5th Grade Teacher, Millbrook Elementary Magnet School
    Recent graduate school acceptances:
    • East Carolina University, Special Education
    • Hawaii Pacific University, Social Work
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