OverviewThe 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).
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.
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 (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 Courses 65 credit hours General Electives 5-6 credit hours Total credit hours for B.A. in Elementary and Special Education 120 credit hours
Elementary and Special Education Core Courses
65 credit hours
EDU 120: Foundations of Elementary Math I 3 EDU 201: Early Experiences for Prospective Teachers 3 EDU 210: Instructional Technology 3 EDU 250: Exceptionalities in Education 3 EDU 260: Literature in the Classroom 3 EDU 302: Literacy Methods 1 3 EDU 303: Social Studies Methods 3 EDU 304: Mathematics Methods 3 EDU 305: Science Methods 3 EDU 325: Special Education Methods for General Curriculum 3 EDU 330: Practicum for Special Education 1 EDU 354: Classroom Assessment 3 EDU 360: Literacy Methods II 3 EDU 415: Literacy Assessment and Intervention in Special Education 3 EDU 441: Practicum for Elementary Education 1 EDU 451: Classroom Management in the 21st Century Classroom 3 EDU 452: 21st Century Teacher Leadership 3 EDU 480: Senior Seminar 3 EDU 496: Student Teaching 13 PSY 221: Lifespan Development or PSY 310: Child and Adolescent
5-6 credit hours
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