Undergraduate Elementary Education

Welcome to the Special Education General Curriculum undergraduate program in the Watson College of Education! Teaching students with special needs is a challenging and rewarding profession that allows you to have a lasting, positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The Special Education General Curriculum program offered by the Watson College will prepare you to provide instruction and supports for individuals with learning, behavioral and mild intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in the general education curriculum. Training includes individual and small group instruction for students with disabilities who are achieving below grade level in basic skills, implementation of positive behavior supports for students with disabilities and collaboration with general education teachers.

The program leads to a B.A. degree and initial North Carolina licensure in both Special Education (general curriculum K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6).

Distinctive Features of the Program

  • Small class sizes with personal attention and guidance
  • Dedicated special education faculty with extensive teaching experience
  • A collaborative learning environment
  • An opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in assistive technology and instructional design
  • A minor is offered in Applied Behavior Analysis and Developmental Disabilities
  • MindSet crisis prevention training is provided for all interns
  • Extensive field and classroom experiences prior to internship
  • A full-time internship during the final semester
  • Opportunities for international experiences
  • High job placement rates
  • Strong preparation for effective teaching of diverse learners

You may also be interested in the Special Education Adapted Curriculum program offered by the Watson College

Admissions: Steps to Becoming a Teacher

Admission to UNCW and the Watson College of Education is a two-step process. The first step is admission to the university. The second step is admission to the Watson College of Education (WCE). Students typically apply to WCE during their sophomore or junior year at UNCW. Transfer students typically apply during their first or second semester at UNCW.

Timeline

High School Seniors and Transfer Students

  • Apply for admission to UNCW
  • Visit the Watson College!
  • Consider applying for the Education Living Learning Community to meet other pre-education majors and get a jump-start on field placements and enrichment experiences

Freshman or Sophomore Year
Before you declare your major

  • Create goals and make course selections that compliment your major/licensure
  • Arrange for experiences that will help you confirm your goals and interests. These could include meeting with faculty and students in the Watson College, attending events at the college, joining student organizations, studying abroad or volunteering

Sophomore Year
Pre-major status

  • Collaborate with your Watson College Advisor to ensure success
  • Review course requirements, sequence and pre-requisites to revise course map
  • Continue to arrange experiences that will help you confirm your goals and interests
  • Apply for admission to Watson College

Junior Year
Admitted to the Watson College

  • Begin education coursework
  • Tutor students in the Ed Lab and begin classroom field placements
  • Continue assessing your skills, strengths and interests
  • Network with professors, students and teachers who work in your field

Senior or Final Year

  • Complete a semester-long internship
  • Apply for graduation, pass licensing tests and apply for licensure
  • Attend job fairs, seek Career Center support to perfect your resume and interviewing skills and apply for jobs