Special Education (K-12)
Collaborate with Elon faculty and teachers from local schools as you learn the best ways to meet the needs of students with learning differences. Veteran instructors offer guidance as you discover the special legal and developmental challenges your students with disabilities and their families surmount on the path to knowledge and personal growth.
The teacher education program emphasizes practical hands-on experience in classrooms as well as educational theory and pedagogy. Students enrolled in teacher education courses have the opportunity to work closely with the local schools and community agencies through a variety of partnerships. Candidates in the teacher education program participate in a variety of clinical experiences in diverse school settings. Early clinical experiences may include tutoring, observing, classroom assistance, small group instruction and, informal assessment, allowing candidates to continually connect their learning to what is experienced in the classroom. The culminating clinical experience for licensure candidates is a full semester of student teaching.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to receive special education dual license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Our graduates teach and mentor students and adolescents with special needs in a variety of school settings. Our program focuses on researched based practices, faculty mentorship, and excellent field placements. The Special Education major is a dual licensure program in which teacher candidates complete the requirements for licensure in special education (General Curriculum, K-12) and one of the following areas: Elementary Education, Middle Grades (6-9), or Secondary English (9-12), Secondary Mathematics (9-12), Secondary History (9-12) or Secondary Science education with a biology concentration (9-12). Please see each department listing for the teacher licensure requirements.