Chair: Gretchen Robinson3
Faculty: Dorea Bonneau, Melody Chuang, Irina Falls1, Camille Goins, Olivia Oxendine2, Frankie Denise Powell, Mabel Rivera, Marisa Roach Scott, Kimberly Dial Sellers4, Laura Staal
1Coordinator, Birth-Kindergarten Education Program
2Director, School Administration Graduate Program
3Director, Special Education Program
4Director, Reading Education Graduate Program
The Department of Educational Specialties offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Birth-Kindergarten Education and Special Education.
Undergraduate programs in the School of Education prepare committed, collaborative, and competent professional educators who are responsive to equity and diversity; who are knowledgeable, effective, and reflective; and who provide leadership in the classroom, school, and profession. These programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education and provide the means for candidates to earn a Standard Professional I license to teach in the state of North Carolina.
At the graduate level, the department offers the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) degree in Reading Education as well as the Master of School Administration (M.S.A.). The M.A.Ed. is designed for classroom and reading teachers to prepare them as leaders in the field of literacy instruction and as reading specialists. Since the program builds on the knowledge base and experience of the practitioner, teachers who enter the M.A.Ed. must be licensed in North Carolina. Graduate study in reading education will enable teachers to develop expertise in the teaching of reading, the diagnosis and remediation of problems, and the development of successful reading programs. Teachers will also have opportunities to develop leadership competence in the design, delivery, and assessment of reading and services. The M.A.Ed. in Reading Education is organized around four major standards established by the International Reading Association (IRA) for Master’s level literacy specialists.
Licensure-only options are provided to qualifying students interested in pursuing a Preschool Add-on or a School Administration Add-on.
The School of Education offers a well-articulated series of courses in educational theory and practice. Faculty provide students with careful advising and supervision as they progress through their program of study.
For complete information about programs and courses leading to the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) and the Master of School Administration (M.S.A.), see The Graduate School .
CoursesBirth to KindergartenReading EducationSpecial Education