The Special Education Program provides opportunities for the study of school-age learners with mild to moderate disabilities (learning disabilities, behavior and/or emotional disabilities, and mild/moderate intellectual disabilities.

Students enrolling in this program learn about trends and issues in the field of special education, characteristics and needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities, specialized teaching methods for working with these students, strategies for collaboration with parents and/or families and colleagues, positive means for providing behavior supports, and technology applications that support students’ education.

For more Information about our programs, please review the academic program pages below:

Undergraduate programs

B.S. in Special Education (SPED)

UNC Greensboro’s Bachelors of Science in Special Education prepares teacher candidates to lead and serve students with disabilities in public and private K–12 settings. Students gain extensive classroom experience, completing four clinical field experiences, including a semester-long student-teaching placement.

B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education (SPEL)

The Departments of Teacher Education & Higher Education and Specialized Education Services offer a dual licensure concentration in elementary education and special education. Students completing this program are eligible for initial licensure in Elementary Education K–6 and Special Education: General Curriculum K–12.

The Dual Licensure Concentration provides undergraduate teacher candidates clinical and field-based experiences across educational settings. Throughout their course of study, students apply their knowledge and skills in classrooms to be prepared for a career in education.  The program culminates in a student teaching placement in an inclusive educational context.


What kinds of teaching positions will I be qualified to teach if I complete the undergraduate program?

Your certification in the state of North Carolina will be in Special Education: General Curriculum (SPED: GC). This program prepares teachers with competencies to instruct students with learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders and mild/moderate intellectual disabilities in school settings in inclusive learning environments.

Do I have an area for my Second concentration?

You should always work with your advisor on your course selections. North Carolina does not require the second concentration for the degree in special education, but at UNCG you do take courses that meet this requirement. You should work with your advisor on courses that provide you with a focus of study to support your study of special education.

Can I do my student teaching in my hometown?

Field experiences and student teaching experiences are arranged so that you can receive supervision and support from the UNCG faculty and so that you are in classrooms that will give you experiences that reinforce your coursework. You will be given the opportunity to have input with your advisor and the field placement coordinator.

Where can I get some help if I am having difficulty in one of my courses?

  • The Special Support Services (SSS) program is available to assist first-generation college students and students with disabilities. SSS promotes support services that help students overcome academic, social, and cultural barriers to higher education. Program students receive cover an array of comprehensive services that include: counseling; academic skills assessment and development; individualized peer and professional tutoring; graduate school guidance; workshops and opportunities to attend educational and cultural events.
  • The Writing Center is a free service available to all members of the UNCG community, including students, faculty, and staff. They offer one-on-one consulting in person and online about a variety of writing issues, from developing thesis statements and organization to citation styles and last-minute polishing. While most of their visitors bring in papers they are writing for courses, they also help with personal writing (application essays, cover letters, personal statements, and personal letters) and business writing (articles for publication, professional letters).


A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship and funding opportunities offered in the School of Education.

department OF Specialized Education Services (SES)


School of Education Building
Room 444

Mailing Address:
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402