Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Child Development, Literacy, and Special Education

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Woodrow Trathen, Chair

Literacy Education, MA
Literacy Education Graduate Certificate
Beth Buckholz, Graduate Program Director (both programs)

Special Education, MA
Aftynne Cheek, Graduate Program Director

Emotional Behavioral Disorders Graduate Certificate
Chris Van Loan, Graduate Program Director

Autism Graduate Certificate and
Special Education Graduate Certificate
Deb Prykanowski, Graduate Program Director

Birth through Kindergarten Graduate Certificate
Pamela Shue, Graduate Program Director

The Master of Arts degree in Literacy 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, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, and other disabilities. Students entering the MA program in Special Education must hold or be elibible to hold an A-level teaching license. Upon program completion and successful professional exam pass scores, graduates are eligible for Master (M) level teaching licensure. Graduates will be eligible for employment in a variety of special education settings including public and private schools as well as community settings.

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education is offered online. Completion of this residency licensure program, along with successful completion of appropriate licensure exams, will lead to North Carolina licensure in special education. Approved hours of the certificate may be used toward the fulfillment of the 36-hour requirement for the MA degree in Special Education.

The graduate certificates in Autism and in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders do not lead to North Carolina licensure. These can be pursued either stand-alone or as add-ons to a degree program.

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