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Special Education General Curriculum K-12 Initial Licensure

The Special Education General Curriculum NK-12 Initial Licensure master's degree is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who wish to meet eligibility requirements for the Virginia Postgraduate Professional License with an endorsement to teach students with special needs in the general education curriculum.

Passing scores on Praxis I OR equivalent SAT/ACT scores OR passing scores on VCLA plus Praxis I math or SAT/ACT math, are required for admission. Passing scores on Praxis II, the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE), and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) are required prior to enrollment in the Graduate Directed Teaching/Professional Semester. An application for the Graduate Directed Teaching/Professional Semester must be completed and filed with the Office of Professional Services by the required date, September 1 (one year before the fall professional semester) or February 1 (one year before the spring professional semester). Please visit the Office of Professional Services web site for information and the application.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.


Program Requirements


  • EDUC 502 Research Design (3)
  • EDUC 506 Contemporary Social Issues in American Education (3)
  • EDUC 521 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • EDUC 699 Comprehensive Examination (0) 
  • MAED 623 Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-8 (3)
  • SPED 511 Assistive Technology & Augmentative Communication in the General Curriculum (3) 
  • SPED 515 Survey of Exceptional Students (3)
  • SPED 516 Medical and Neurological Problems of Exceptional Students (3)
  • SPED 519 Instructional Phonics (3)
  • SPED 520 Language Development and Language Disorders (3)
  • SPED 525 Evidence Based Language Arts Instruction (3)
  • SPED 540 Curriculum & Methods for Exceptional Learners in the General Curriculum(3)
  • SPED 545 Psychoeducational Assessment (3)
  • SPED 565 Behavior Management (3)
  • SPED 575 Career & Life Planning for Exceptional Learners in the General Curriculum (3)
  • SPED 682 Collaboration in the School, Home and Community (3)
  • SPED 689 Seminar of Current Issues in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 692 Special Education Graduate Professional Semester PreK-12 (6)



Program Coordinator

Dr. Christopher Jones

Associate Professor
Hull 258