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The University of North Carolina Pembroke 2015-2016 Catalog 
The University of North Carolina Pembroke 2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Educational Specialties

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Chair: Marisa Roach Scott4

Faculty: Dorea Bonneau, Betty Wells Brown, Melody Chuang, Irina Falls1, Karen Granger2, Zoe W. Locklear3, Frankie Denise Powell, Gretchen Robinson, Kimberly Dial Sellers5, Laura Staal

1Coordinator, Birth-Kindergarten Education Program
2Coordinator, AIG Add-On Licensure Program
3Dean, School of Education
4Coordinator, Special Education Program
5Director, Reading Education Graduate Program


The Department of Educational Specialties offers the Bachelor of Science degree 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. 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.

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.

Graduate Courses

For complete information about programs and courses leading to the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), see School of Graduate Studies and Research .


    MajorAcademic ConcentrationLicensure


      Birth to KindergartenEducational MediaEducationSpecial Topics in EducationReading EducationSpecial Education

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