Special Education (BS) - General Curriculum K-12, Adapted Curriculum K-12


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Program Description:

teacher helping student in classThis part-time, year-round, degree-completion program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Special Education with teacher licensure in grades K-12, offers a newly-enhanced program in Special Education with licensure in General Curriculum or in Adapted Curriculum, depending on the concentration the student selects. Appalachian State has long been recognized as an outstanding teacher preparation institution, and Special Education is one of the College’s strongest programs. Graduates are regarded by North Carolina educators as well-trained and are readily hired to teach special education in public and private schools. Please review the academic department information.

What can you do with a Special Education major? Read about it on the Career Exploration Office site!

Information unique to Distance Education Program Admission and Enrollment:

Through the Office of Distance Education, the Reich College of Education presents an off-campus undergraduate program in Special Education which provides the upper-division course work for the Bachelor of Science degree at a community college site in western NC. Lower-division courses required for the BS degree are available through the community college system; therefore, those courses are not delivered in Appalachian's off-campus program.

The program will be cohort-based; meaning the group of identified students who enter this program will begin together and continue together through the specified sequence of required courses leading to the degree. The courses in each cohort will be offered only once, so a student must be prepared to take the courses as they are made available. The program is approximately 3 1/2 years in length.

Admission Requirements:

Step 1:

  • Admission to the University: Appalachian State’s Undergraduate Transfer Admission Requirements
    • Application for Admission: The application for admission must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received) and ready for review by the applicable deadline. Please continue to log into your application to check for missing items until you receive notice that you have been admitted to Appalachian State University.

Since this is a transfer program, no test scores (ACT or SAT) are required for admission.

Step 2:

  • Admission to cohort: In addition to meeting the University's Admission requirements (re: Step 1), to enter this distance education transfer program, students must also meet the cohort entry requirement: a minimum of 30 transfer hours are required to begin the cohort program. To determine if your coursework transfers to Appalachian, please visit the transfer equivalency screen.

If a cohort receives more applications than seats available (waitlist), students who have met the PRAXIS requirement (see Admission to Teacher Education below)  will be given priority consideration for acceptance into the cohort.

Note: The Special Education degree program does not require any specific lower division (community college level) courses for the major; however, students must complete the General Education requirement either before or during the program (see below)

Click here to review upcoming cohorts and application periods

Program Requirements:

Special Education Curriculum major checksheets

Admission to Teacher Education: After a student begins the off-campus program, s/he must meet the requirements for admission to teacher education. Admission to Teacher Education is required by the end of the first year in the program.

General Education Requirement:Either before entry or before the last semester in the program, students must complete the General Education requirement. The General Education requirement can be met through one of the following options:

  • An Associate of Arts degree from a North Carolina Community College (awarded after Spring, 1997)
  • An Associate of Science degree from a North Carolina Community College (awarded after Spring, 1997)
  • Completion of Appalachian's General Education curriculum (course by course)
  • Completion of an AA or AS from an out of state school; or completion by Spring 1997 or earlier from a North Carolina Community College; or the General Education requirement at another UNC system school will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Student Teaching: Student Teaching is completed during the last semester of the program, and is full-time in a classroom setting.

Major Course Delivery Information:

The major level courses required for the BS degree in Special Education will be delivered to the designated off-campus site. Appalachian State University faculty will teach each course, and a combination of instructional strategies and course delivery systems may be employed. The modes of delivery primarily include the instructor's being present at the site; and may occasionally include web-based instruction, and/or live interactive two-way, audio-video sessions via the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) network.

Generally, two courses will be provided each term (including summers). Each face-to-face course will be conducted either during the evenings (e.g., 6:00-9:00 pm one evening a week for 15 weeks) or on weekends (e.g, Friday evenings and/or Saturday mornings). During the final term of the program students are required to student teach, which is a full-time experience for the term.

Financial Aid resources:

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester.  If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (contact info below).


Academic Coordinator 
Dr. Chris Van Loan
Email: vanloancl@appstate.edu
Direct Phone: 828-262-2624

Distance Education:
Major Code: 
478* (B, C)
Special Education (*Concentrations in General Curriculum K-12 and Adapted Curriculum K-12)