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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.
Progress sheets for the Special Education Teacher: General and Adapted Curriculum Preparation Program can be found on the College of Education and Human Development Advising Resources page. Select the academic year and then choose Special Education 5 year plan. More information may be obtained by visiting Radford University's catalog. On the Catalog page, please select the catalog year in the right-hand corner. Select the Special Education Teacher: General and Adapted Curriculum 5-Year Program.
Candidates in special education develop competencies in:
- Teaching in elementary, middle, and high schools to maximize learning for all students
- Inclusive Education
- Universally designing instruction for learning
- Managing classroom behaviors
- And much more!
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.
Meet the Professors
Dr. Elizabeth Altieri
Special educator from early childhood to adult services
Office: Peters Hall C156
I love inspiring young people to become collaborative educators, strong advocates, and future leaders.
Dr. Karen Douglas
Contact for Graduate Program for Special Education
High School Special Education teacher
Office: Peters Hall C162)
Teaching is empowering others with knowledge, skills, and confidence.
Office: Peters Hall A043
Dr. Annemarie Horn
Office: Peters Hall A013
Dr. Whitney Idol
Special education teacher and Crisis Intervention Specialist
Office: Peters Hall A044
Passion is contagious, and has the power start great things for the greater good.
Mrs. Kristy McCowan
Office Peters Hall A021
Dr. Darren Minarik
High School Social Studies teacher and technical assistance coordinator
Office: Peters Hall A007
Dr. Brenda-Jean Tyler
K to 12 special education teacher
Office: Peters Hall C158
I enjoy working with students and helping them reach their goals.