Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education

  • Overview
    The elementary special education program at WPU is designed by experienced full-time 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.


    The Special Education Degree

    If teaching those with learning disabilities and special needs is your calling, the special education major is for you. The early childhood 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.

    In addition to the standard education courses (social studies, child development, public speaking, etc.) enrollees gain training and teaching experience specific to special needs students (visual impairment, autism spectrum disorder, etc.).

    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 higher education undergraduate programs. Simply put, our students are prepared, connected and ready to make a difference when they graduate, with many going on to obtain additional specialization or earning their master’s degree.

    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

    To learn more about enrollment, financial aid, field experience, the College of Education, or any other general education questions, you can request info below.

    Study Education at WPU
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.


    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 (156), Writing (162) and Math (150) or a cumulative score of (486)

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

    Liberal Education Requirements               49-50 credit hours
    Elementary and Special Education Core Courses65 credit hours
    General Electives5-6 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Elementary and Special Education120 credit hours


    Elementary and Special Education Core Courses
    65 credit hours
    EDU 120: Foundations of Elementary Math I3
    EDU 201:  Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers3
    EDU 210: Instructional Technology3
    EDU 250:  Exceptionalities in Education3
    EDU 260: Literature in the Classroom3
    EDU 302: Literacy Methods 13
    EDU 303:  Social Studies Methods3
    EDU 304: Mathematics Methods3
    EDU 305:  Science Methods3
    EDU 325:  Special Education Methods for General Curriculum3
    EDU 330: Practicum for Special Education1
    EDU 354:  Classroom Assessment3
    EDU 360: Literacy Methods II3
    EDU 415: Literacy Assessment and Intervention in Special Education3
    EDU 441:  Practicum for Elementary Education1
    EDU 451: Classroom Management in the 21st Century Classroom3
    EDU 452:  21st Century Teacher Leadership3
    EDU 480: Senior Seminar3
    EDU 496:  Student Teaching13
    PSY 221: Lifespan Development or PSY 310: Child and Adolescent


    General Electives
    5-6 credit hours
  • 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.
    Associate Professor of Education
  • 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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