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Special Education: General Curriculum K-12

The Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12 option is a 5-year program leading to a master's degree and teaching licensure.

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.

Be prepared to make a real difference

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 RU’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.

When you complete the Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 program at RU you will:

  • 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.

Undergraduate students in this program major in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDSP) with one concentration in Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12 and another concentration in an academic area (English, science, math, foreign language, or social science) to earn a bachelor’s degree during the first four years of the program. During the fifth year they do graduate work leading to a master’s degree and teacher licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum, K-12. During the senior year students experience two semesters of blocking internships; during the fifth year they experience two semesters of student teaching at the elementary and secondary levels.