Jul 15, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Reading Education and Special Education


Woodrow Trathen, Chair

Reading Education, MA and Graduate Certificate

Woodrow Trathen, Graduate Certificate Program Director

Beth Frye, Graduate Degree Program Director

Special Education, MA and Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

Woodrow Trathen, Graduate Certificate Program Director

Rebecca Shankland, Graduate Degree Program Director

The Master of Arts degree in Reading Education, General has two concentrations: Adult Literacy and Classroom/Clinical. Each concentration provides a well-balanced program of academic and practicum experiences designed to produce graduates capable of providing quality services to the region, state, and nation. The Adult Literacy concentration prepares instructors and administrators to deliver and coordinate literacy services for adults seeking to improve their reading and writing skills. The Classroom/Clinical concentration is intended for classroom teachers and reading specialists. Students with this concentration are prepared to teach all aspects of reading and language arts to K-12 students. Upon completion, graduates are eligible for Master (M) level teaching licensure.

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education prepares teachers and others to work with students with Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation), Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Persons graduating from the program will have fulfilled the competencies required for the advanced competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (as long as the hold an A-level license that the M-level license can be added onto) and be eligible for employment in a variety of special education settings to include public and private schools with the necessary license as well as community settings. Students will be expected to complete products of learning to demonstrate skills of a master teacher. Students complete a portfolio and action research project for the degree.

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is an interdisciplinary certificate program designed for professionals working in the field of autism spectrum disorders including teachers, related service providers, human service agency personnel, families, and community supports. Students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs may elect to complete the graduate minor in Austism Spectrum Disorders.



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