Special Education: General and Adapted Curriculum

The Special Education: General and Adapted Curriculum Five-year Program results in K-12 teaching licensure in two areas of special education and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.

The pre-professional special education option within the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for students interested in teaching children and youth with disabilities in the general education or adapted curriculum. The emphasis is on preparing effective special educators who can work collaboratively in today’s complex and diverse classrooms to maximize learning for all children.

Completion of the fifth year Master of Science Degree in Special Education is required for Virginia licensure with endorsements in Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12 and Special Education: Adapted Curriculum, K-12. Students must meet all requirements for admission to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies before being enrolled in the graduate portion of the program.

Special Education has long been the number one teaching shortage area in Virginia and across the United States. The special education program has a 100% hire rate among graduates who apply for special education teaching positions.

ANTHONY FRIEDMAN TALKS ABOUT THE PRIDE HE FEELS BEING A RADFORD HIGHLANDER. HE SHARES THE OPPORTUNITIES HE’S HAD TO HAVE AN IMPACT AS A RESIDENT ASSISTANT AND IN THE FUTURE AS A SPECIAL EDUCATOR.

Competencies

Candidates in special education develop competencies in:

  • Teaching in elementary, middle, and high schools to maximize learning for all students
  • Inclusive Education
  • Collaboration
  • Universally designing instruction for learning
  • Managing classroom behaviors
  • And much more!

Undergraduate Program Requirements

Prior to applying to the Teacher Education Program, typically in the spring of their third year at Radford University, students should:

Undergraduate Class and Internship Requirements

For information about the program of study please visit the College of Education and Human Development’s Advising Center. The Progress Sheet for this program is available there.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of the application and submission of application fee
  • A copy of a current general education teaching license (either elementary, middle, or secondary)
  • An up-to-date professional resume 
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two professional recommendations

5th-year Class and Internship Requirements

The following courses (30 credit hours) are required for the master’s degree in Special Education and VDOE licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12 and Special Education: Adapted Curriculum, K-12

  • EDEF 605: Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDSP 645: Instructional and Adaptive Methods in Mathematics
  • EDSP 646: Instruction and Intervention Strategies in Reading and Writing for Students with Disabilities
  • EDSP 675: Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs in the Elementary General Curriculum
  • EDSP 676: Teaching and Transitioning Exceptional Learners in Secondary Education
  • EDSP 669: Diagnostic and Assessment Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities
  • EDSP 791: Elementary Teaching Internship in Special Education General and Adapted Curriculum
  • EDSP 792: Secondary Teaching Internship in Special Education General and Adapted Curriculum

Accreditation

Our program has undergone rigorous review to assure that our candidates and program meet standards as set forth by the teaching profession and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS).

Meet the Professors

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Dr. Leslie Daniel

Professor
Contact for Special Education General and Adapted Curriculum
Contact for the Certificate of Autism Studies 
Special Educator from Early Childhood through Adult Services
Office: Peters Hall C155
Phone: 540-831-7194
Email: ldaniel10@radford.edu

The best thing about being a professor is making a huge difference in the lives of children, because we’ve taught their teachers. 

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Dr. Elizabeth Altieri

Professor
Special educator from early childhood to adult services
Office: Peters Hall C156
Phone: 540-831-5590
Email: ealtieri@radford.edu

I love inspiring young people to become collaborative educators, strong advocates, and future leaders.­­­

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Dr. Karen Douglas 

Associate Professor
Contact for Graduate Program for Special Education
High School Special Education teacher
Office: Peters Hall C170)
Phone: 831-5313
Email: kdouglas13@radford.edu

Teaching is empowering others with knowledge, skills, and confidence.

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Dr. Antonio L. Ellis 

Assistant Professor
Special Education
Office: Peters Hall C154
Phone: 831-7161
Email: alellis1@radford.edu

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Mary Evans

Instructor
Special Education
Office: Peters Hall A043
Phone: 540-831-6207
Email: mlcoyle@RADFORD.EDU

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Dr. Brenda-Jean Tyler 

Associate Professor
K to 12 special education teacher
Office: Peters Hall C158
Phone: 540-831-5868
Email: bjtyler@radford.edu

I enjoy working with students and helping them reach their goals.

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Dr. Darren Minarik 

Associate Professor
High School Social Studies teacher and technical assistance coordinator
Office: Peters Hall A007
Phone: 540-831-7660
Email: dminarik@radford.edu

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Dr. Whitney Idol

Assistant Professor
Special education teacher and Crisis Intervention Specialist
Office: Peters Hall A044
Phone: 831-7650
Email: widol@radford.edu

Passion is contagious, and has the power start great things for the greater good.

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Mrs. Kristy McCowan

Instructor
Special Education
Office Peters Hall A021
Phone: 540-831-5843
Email: kmccowan@radford.edu