Lateral Entry 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 (22-23) credit hours) that are completed by most students over four semesters.


The program meets the requirements for the new 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.


  • 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.
  • Status of “provisional” licensure with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and lateral entry teaching placement.

Program Contacts

Jennifer A. Diliberto, Program Coordinator
(919) 966-5078

Rachel Winters, Administrative Support
(919) 966-5078