Special Education

Program Overview

Special Education, K-12 Licensure, B.S.

The field of Special Education has a unique role in public education. Teachers in the field work with a variety of students in both age range as well as exceptionality. Teaching special education takes a unique person with passion, determination, and patience.

As our program at Campbell continues to grow, many opportunities are established for students. Students observe in classrooms and work hand-in-hand with special education teachers. The program at Campbell offers students the opportunity to learn the planning processes, understand the development of different disorders, develop the skills necessary to manage their class, and prepare lessons for their students. You also learn how to communicate effectively with parents, colleagues, and your administration. Your program is designed to help you become well prepared as you enter the world of teaching.

Students who successfully complete teacher licensure in this field have many teaching opportunities. Teachers in the field are eligible to teach at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. A unique advantage with the certification is your additional license in elementary education. This is based on the required North Carolina test.

Unique areas include resource classrooms, self-contained classes, team teaching as well as specialized opportunities at the central office level.

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Special Education Admission Requirements

First-Year and Transfer Students

Upon acceptance, you will be admitted to Campbell University as a general undergraduate student and identified as Pre-Teacher Licensure for the first two years of study. 

To apply to Campbell University as a first-year or transfer student, please visit the university’s undergraduate admissions page.

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Applying to the Professional Education Program

As an undergraduate candidate seeking a North Carolina “Initial” Teaching Licensure, you must meet admission requirements and be accepted into the Professional Education Program at Campbell University in order to complete student teaching field experiences. You will be expected to apply to the Teacher Education Program at the conclusion of your sophomore year.

Applications should be submitted only after all admission criteria have been met. It is important that you recognize admittance requirements early in your program of study so that you work to maintain the level of performance required to gain and maintain acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

In addition, stay current on national/state policy changes, which might affect your program of study while at Campbell University. Attend all information sessions sponsored by the Professional Education Department.

Requirements for Admittance to the Professional Education Program

  • Satisfactory scores on the SAT/ACT or PRAXIS CORE (See Table Below). Please note: Students who do not meet the established criteria for the SAT/ACT are enrolled in courses to prepare for the PRAXIS CORE.
  • A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.7 in overall scholastic work (from statute);
  • “C” or better in all professional education courses, including courses in the content area major;
  • Documented participation in early field experiences, or equivalent experiences as approved by the Dean or the Director of Teacher Education;
  • Approval of the major department and the Professional Education department;
  • No academic, disciplinary, or social probation;
  • Adhere to the North Carolina Code of Ethics for teachers and the professional dispositions of the Professional Education Program at Campbell University;
  • Complete and submit the Teacher Education Admission Application through the Tk20 online system.

Applicants who fail to meet the listed admission criteria at the time of their sophomore application, may reapply up until the student teaching field experience. No student is allowed to student teach who has not been accepted into the Professional Education Program.

Contact Information

For more information about the Special Education program, please contact:

Mrs. Lisa Bradham
Special Education Coordinator