Special Education: General Curriculum K-12

Do you want to help extraordinary students accomplish extraordinary achievements?

Consider a Career in Special Education

Across the United States, school systems face a critical shortage of highly qualified teachers in special education. At Radford University, both our five-year undergraduate program and our traditional graduate program in special education: general curriculum lead to a master’s degree and eligibility for a license to teach special education in kindergarten through grade 12.

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Student Profiles

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Jarrod Hobson works to create lesson plans for increasing vocabulary in first and second graders.

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Video: Radford University future special educators practice co-teaching with general educators.

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Video: Professors laid the foundation for success for Brad Powers '10.

Program Benefits

  • Students with disabilities need teachers with extraordinary skills and dedication to help them discover their talents and become independent, successful adults.
  • Through the classes and field experiences offered in Radford University's program, you will learn the collaboration and teaching skills you need to help students with disabilities be engaged in learning and successful in school.
  • You will learn how to teach and how to base your teaching decisions on good practices supported by research.
  • You will learn to use advanced instructional and assistive technology.
  • You will become highly qualified in an academic area (English, mathematics, science, or social science) so that you’ll know what to teach your students.
  • You will have many opportunities to work with children of different abilities at several grade levels so that you’ll have the experience you need to be confident and competent going into your first teaching job.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Be highly qualified for a job in special education, and your services will be in demand.
  • Be ready to make a difference in the lives of children and youth with special needs.
  • Know how to collaborate in the classroom with elementary, middle and secondary school teachers to help meet the needs of every child.

Degree Requirements

  • 12 semester hours of courses covering a common knowledge base for all of the M.S. degree concentrations in special education
  • 18 semester hours involving the specific General Curriculum area requirements.
  • To obtain licensure in this area, an additional 6-12 semester hours of internship experiences are required. A  comprehensive exam is required during the last semester of study.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

  • EDEF 606: Educational Research
  • EDSP 622: Collaboration to Teach and Support Diverse Learners
  • EDSP 651: Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the Special Education Processs
  • EDSP 670: Proactive Classroom Management and Advanced Positive Behavior Support

Required Concentration Courses

  • EDSP 672: Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities who Access the General Education Curriculum, K-12
  • EDSP 566: Teaching Students with Individualized Adapted Curriculum
  • EDSP 675: Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs in the Elementary General Curriculum
  • EDSP 676: Teaching Exceptional Learners in the Secondary General Curriculum
  • EDSP 669: Diagnostic and Assessment Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities 
  • EDSP/EDRD 695: Alternative Approaches to Reading Instruction
  • EDSP/EDRD/EDET Elective

Teaching Internship

  • EDSP 791: Teaching Internship in Special Education: General Curriculum (Elementary Level)
  • EDSP 792: Teaching Internship in Special Education: General Curriculum (Secondary Level)

Additional Courses for Licensure

  • EDEF 320: Introduction to Professional Education Or EDEF 607 - Foundations of Education
  • HUMD 300: Human Growth and Development: Birth Through Adolescence Or EDEF 600 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • EDRD 314: Development and Instruction for Emergent and Beginning Readers Or EDRD 688 - Foundations of Literacy Instruction

Supporting Courses

  • EDSP 445: Adaptive Strategies in Arithmetic
  • EDSP/EDRD 641: Assessment and Intervention for Language Development
  • EDRD 688: Foundations of Literacy Instruction
  • EDSP 554: Educational Technology for Diverse Populations