Lateral Entry, Add-on Licensure
Special Education: General Curriculum

Program Description

Overview

The Special Education: General Curriculum Licensure (SPED: GC) Program prepares teachers with competencies to instruct students with learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders and mild mental retardation in school settings. The program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the education of students with disabilities in inclusive learning environments. Faculty members are specialists in the disciplines of psychology, early intervention, special education and literacy.

The SPED: GC program includes eight courses (22-23) credit hours) that are completed by most students over four semesters.

Licensure

The program meets the requirements for the new NC licensure standards in grades K-12 as well as for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) General Curriculum standards.

Students who complete the program and the NC required tests will be recommended by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) for licensure at the "A" level.

Admissions

Fully licensed teachers (Standard Professional I or II) may add the Special Education area. Employed or prospective lateral entry teachers with licensure area Special Education: General Curriculum may complete their licensure requirements. Prospective lateral entry teachers may be admitted provisionally and will be required to pass the NC required tests in order to be eligible for employment.

Application for admission to the Special Education: General Curriculum Add-On License program is made through the Master of Education for Experienced Teachers (MEDX) program and is included as a subsection of the Special Education Cohort.

Requirements for add-on licensure candidates:
  • Licensure as a teacher in North Carolina.
  • Two years of teaching experience and your expectation of a contract to continue teaching in that area in North Carolina. Teaching experience can be in any school, public or private, not necessarily in North Carolina.
  • Overall four-year GPA of 2.5 or higher on undergraduate transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s immediate supervisor.
  • A professional statement of purpose that describes your goals in teaching, pertinent background experiences, and relevant aspirations. The statement of purpose should be 2-3 pages, single spaced.

Program Contacts

Linda H. Mason, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
lhmason@email.unc.edu
(919) 843-1979

Rachel Winters, Administrative Support
rwinters@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-6025