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Adapted Curriculum K-12 concentration

Degree seeking options

Earn your Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Adapted Curriculum at Radford University. For those with a bachelor’s degree, the program includes up to 39 hours of coursework and a 6-hour internship to obtain initial licensure. A non-licensure master’s option with electives is also available.



Non-degree seeking options

  • Any of the seven courses in severe disabilities can be used for professional development and recertification points with approval from your school district.
  • Provisionally licensed teachers submit their VDOE transcript analysis and work with their advisor to develop a program of study which satisfies the courses listed as deficiencies.

The Special Education, Adapted Curriculum concentration is offered through Radford University and the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Supporting Students with Severe Disabilities and Autism. Other members of the consortium include George Mason University, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Although our coursework is delivered through a combination of online and distance-learning approaches, we stress the importance of hands-on experiences. We use real-time, interactive multipoint video conference and interactive course management to build a single virtual “classroom” among participants from each of the six universities.

Required courses

  • EDEF 605: Educational Research
  • EDSP 622: Collaboration to Teach and Support Diverse Learners
  • EDSP 651: Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the Special Education Process
  • EDSP 670: Proactive Classroom 

Required concentration courses

  • EDSP 663 - Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities
  • EDSP 664 - IEP, Assessment and Program Planning for Adapted Curriculum
  • EDSP 665 - Individualized Supports and Specialized Care of Students with Significant Disabilities
  • EDSP 667 – Language Development and Communication
  • EDSP 668 – Transition and Community-Based Instruction
  • EDSP 674 - Teaching Students with Individualized Adapted Curriculum 

Teaching Internship

To obtain a VDOE collegiate professional license in Special Education, Adapted Curriculum K-12, an additional 6 semester hours of internship experiences are required. However, students who complete one year of successful, co-supervised full-time teaching experience in this endorsement area in a public school or accredited nonpublic school during their graduate program may be given the opportunity to have this experience accepted in lieu of the supervised teaching internship. 

Additional courses for licensure

  • EDEF 607 - Foundations of Education
  • EDEF 600 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • EDSP 691 - Emergent and Early Literacy for Students w Complex Language and Learning Needs