Undergraduate Program in Inclusive Education

B.S.Ed. in Inclusive Education

Students in inclusive education physical therapy class

 

The Inclusive Education program prepares candidates to teach in inclusive K - 6 settings as either elementary or special education teachers. Candidates complete an array of courses, field experiences and service which prepare them to help students with and without disabilities learn together as they master the general education curriculum.  From child development to educational philosophy, content methods to classroom management, language acquisition to English as a second language, candidates are well prepared to teach students with diverse learning needs.

With successful completion of the program and licensure requirements, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree in Inclusive Education and are recommended to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for initial licensure in both Exceptional Children General Curriculum (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6).  Inclusive Education graduates are highly sought after teachers who have flexibility in employment and the ways they choose to teach across their careers.

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Program Requirements 

The Inclusive Education degree requires 126 hours including 42 Liberal Studies hours, 21 hours in the Professional Education Sequence, and 63 major hours in special education and elementary education.  Through this curriculum, students learn to effectively identify and assess students’ abilities and needs, differentiate instruction so that all students learn, and manage classrooms so school is a positive and productive experience. Candidates also practice new skills in course-related field experiences, build interpersonal strengths through community-based service learning activities, and tie it all together in a year-long internship their senior year.

Curriculum Guide

Supplement Your Major

Other majors can supplement their skill set with a Minor in Special Education through which they will gain information on students with disabilities and best practices for supporting their growth and development. Students can shape their minor by selecting special education elective courses specific to their interests and/or career goals.

The minor requires 18 hours including SPED 240: The Exceptional Child (3) and 15 hours of guided elective hours from the following options.

  • SPED 241, 310, 311, 315, 344, 400, 401, 407, 414, 471, 475, 477
  • CSD 451, 452
  • SPED 312, 423, 430 (Restrictions apply, see curriculum plan below)

This curriculum plan identifies minor requirements and details on guided elective options.

For additional information on our Special Education Minor or for specific questions, please contact Marissa Ray.

The Adapted Curriculum Add-On Licensure (K-12) program leads to an Adapted Curriculum license that can be added to a license in any area of special education (e.g. General Curriculum). The add-on license in the adapted curriculum will be made available to students who want to add the license on to the BSED in Inclusive Education. The courses are available at the undergraduate level and are provided in face to face format on campus. The course sequences meet the state requirements for add-on adapted curriculum licensure. The four courses required to add on the license are:

SPED 241 - Exceptional Learners in the Adapted Curriculum

SPED 311 - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for Students with Severe Disabilities

SPED 344 - Assistive Technology

SPED 414 - Accessing the Adapted Curriculum

To be considered for admission to the undergraduate Adapted Curriculum licensure program, you must hold or be eligible for a North Carolina license. BSED students in the Inclusive Education program are eligible to add on the license.

The program requires 12 student credit hours of study (four courses), that can be completed in 4 consecutive semesters. Field experiences will be built into the coursework.  

Additional costs may involve textbooks and subscription to an electronic portfolio.

Required Field Experience

Inclusive Education Service Learning Requirement

Inclusive Education majors are required to complete 50 hours of service learning as part of the program.  Service learning nurtures development of one’s altruism, develops a respect for the dignity of others, and provides students with important experiences with community agencies and supports. Service is defined as time spent as a volunteer working in a recognized school, agency or community organization supporting individuals with and without disabilities and/or their families. Service appropriate for this requirement should involve working directly with individuals in a helping function.  It is also important to provide service across various community settings in order to develop a rich understanding of the diversity of individuals, families, academic programs and community resources. 

Students will complete 30 hours of specified service across 3 courses. Students will self-select an additional 20 hours of service to complete across 2 additional settings. Students are responsible for gaining approval from their course faculty or Suite 201 advisors for planned activities prior to their service and for documenting course specific and self-selected service details in their electronic portfolio according to the following schedule:

Course Plan Level Course Specific Service Self-Selected Service

Sophomore Year

SPED 240 (Fall) – 10 hours

10 hours

Junior Year

EDEL 416 (Spring) – 10 hours

10 hours

Senior Year

EDRD 335/440 (Fall) – 10 hours  

 

Students must successfully document and reflect on their 50 hours of service by the end of their Intern I semester. Once all service hours have been successfully evaluated, student names will be submitted to the Registrar’s Office so the requirement can be recorded as met in student degree audits.

Full description of service learning requirements and documentation forms will be available in August 2016.

Internship for Inclusive Education Majors

The College of Education and Allied Professions maintains a partnership with public schools throughout the region. As a student with a major in inclusive education, you’ll work with a group of highly qualified faculty in the School of Teaching and Learning and with cooperating teachers from the public schools.

Our students participate in a year-long internship during their senior year. Our two-stage internship gradually familiarizes you with real-world classrooms under the mentorship of dedicated, experienced public school teachers and a university supervisor.

Inclusive Education interns complete their internships in inclusive elementary classrooms working with students with and without disabilities. Interns are dually placed with elementary education and special education teacher teams where they will have extensive experiences mastering the competencies of both educator roles and building the collaboration skills necessary for effective inclusion and instruction of students with diverse learning needs.  Interns will spend time in the range of settings through which their teachers work and support their students.

While participating in Internship I, interns spend 15 hours a week in their K-6 public school classrooms while taking courses at WCU.  During Internship II, interns work in the same public school classrooms full time, Mondays through Fridays. Interns are evaluated on the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards using the Certificate of Teaching Capacity.

For additional internship information and deadlines, visit the Office of Field Experience website.

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