The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Specialized Education Services


New! The Low-Incidence/Adapted Curriculum

This three course (9 credit hour) series is designed to support teachers to serve students and families of individuals with low-incidence (moderate and severe) intellectual disability within the school, work and community settings. Students will gain knowledge and practical application of the history, theory, and research based instructional practices to support students following the adapted curriculum in the school, community from kindergarten – transition to adulthood.

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Department Chair’s Welcome!

Welcome to the Department of Specialized Education Services (SES) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The mission of the SES faculty is to prepare exceptional professionals who value and support the dignity and rights of all individuals through excellence in research, community-engaged teaching, and service. To accomplish our mission, we offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level programs as well as non-degree programs. We have four program areas: Birth-Kindergarten, Professions in Deafness, Special Education Teacher Preparation, and Ph.D in Special Education.

Please note some special features of our programs:

  • Our Special Education Teacher Preparation program includes options for dual certification in Elementary (K-6) and Special Education as well as licensure-only preparation.
  • The Professions in Deafness concentrations in teaching, interpreting and advocacy are unique to North Carolina and the southeast United States.
  • Birth through Kindergarten programs are offered in collaboration with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at the bachelor and master’s levels.
  • The Ph.D in Special Education is a thriving program with approximately 35 students. Qualified applicants often receive funding to pursue their doctoral studies. Currently, ten students are supported through the ECLEADS and LINK-2-LEAD federal leadership grants.
  • In Fall of 2013 we are launching several new opportunities:
  • Bachelor’s degree in B-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing teaching licensure now leads to licensure in both B-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing AND Special Education: General Curriculum
  • Birth-Kindergarten Post Baccalaureate Initial licensure Certification prepares individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in child development or a related field to complete coursework for licensure in Birth-Kindergarten education
  • Adaptive Curriculum focus of study in the Master’s degree program prepares teachers to work with students with severe disabilities
  • The distance education M.Ed. cohort allows initially licensed teachers who work full time to complete their master’s degrees in Special Education.

The Department of SES includes 18 fulltime faculty members. With over 400 students, we offer a wide range of courses, with face-to-face and online course options in some programs. The SES area of the SOE building includes a state of the art Interactive Sign Language Lab, a collaboration space overlooking campus, and a graduate student office.

Talented, dedicated, and enthusiastic student-scholars are encouraged to take our courses, to pursue undergraduate and graduate study in SES programs; to contribute to our research initiatives; and to share our commitment to community-engaged teaching, research, and service.

Please take a look at our website to learn more about our faculty, programs, and course offerings. In addition, we hope you will get a sense of the outstanding research and grant work that our faculty and students are engaged in together.

Thank you for your interest in our programs.


Mary V. Compton, Associate Professor & Interim Chair

Specialized Education Services

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