Department of Early Childhood and Special Eduation

Department Chair
Dr. James Applefield
(910) 962-3356 Phone
(910) 962-3988 Fax

Department of Early Childhood and Special Education
Watson College of Education
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

The Department of Early Childhood and Special Education is a community of professional educators dedicated to the preparation of teachers and other professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with young children birth through kindergarten, students with special needs, and their families. It values the integration of current theory, research, and professional expertise from multiple disciplines and perspectives to inform practices that enable diverse learners to reach their potential.

The department provides opportunities for students to develop as educational leaders and advocates for the children and families they serve. It develops, implements, and coordinates programs leading to undergraduate degrees and/or licensure in birth through kindergarten education and special education (general and adapted tracks).