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Part of the most important and most difficult responsibilities that teachers may have to deal with is working with special needs students, whether they have learning disabilities, are emotionally unbalanced or have emotional impairments or are physically handicapped. These students require special care which teachers need special learning and training in order to prepare for their responsibilities as educators. Special education teachers provide optimal learning environments where children with perse intellectual, emotional, physical and developmental conditions can receive the attention they need in order to thrive. Because these students generally require smaller class sizes and specialized, one-on-one attention, the demand for special education teachers is higher than in any other area of education today.

East Carolina University offers the Bachelor of Science in Special Education program for educators who are seeking to take on the additional responsibility of providing special needs children with the education they need in a way to help cope with their condition. The program prepares and develops professionals in special education who are committed to helping children with disabilities and by aiding the development of each student’s maximum inpidual potential. The program will help educators prepare for licensure and help students achieve their goals in academic, social, communicative, and vocational areas. 

Students in the program will be a part of a program that will prepare them for their responsibilities through courses including sign language studies, the study of communication disorders, care for exceptional children, education for students with disabilities, assessing students with disabilities, augmentative and alternative communication for students with disabilities, managing the physical needs of learners with disabilities, instructional methods of students with disabilities, and technology in special education. These courses are supplemented by internships and practicum programs which will give students the experience they need to supplement their educations.


This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 131 semester credits are required, including transfer credits. Students must complete the first two years of college coursework prior to entrance into the program.

Official transcripts from each college, technical institute, or university attended. Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


The State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East utilizes a part-time cohort model and is designed for students transferring from a North Carolina community college. Interested students should contact the appropriate coordinator prior to applying to ECU.

Not all programs may be approved in every state. Students should check for state authorization prior to enrollment.