Add-on Licensure
Special Education: General Curriculum

Program Description


The Special Education: General Curriculum Licensure (SPED: GC) Program prepares teachers with competencies to instruct students with learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders and mild intellectual disabilities 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 (24) credit hours) that are completed by most students over four semesters.


The program meets the requirements for the NC licensure standards in Special Education: General Curriculum 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.


Fully licensed teachers (Standard Professional I or II) may add the Special Education General Curriculum area.

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.