Bachelor of Arts in Special Education

Do you know you can make a difference in the life — and development — of children with special needs?

Your decision to enter the special education field will make an impact on the lives of not only the children but their families as well.

Pfeiffer’s special education courses equip you with the knowledge and skills to work with children with special needs in a classroom setting. With an average placement rate of 93 percent, it’s clear that Pfeiffer graduates are prepared to take on the unique challenges and responsibilities of teaching in the 21st century.

The teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate special education program, in the division of education, is available at the Misenheimer campus. Join our School of Education Majors Club to get to know other students who aspire to teach and to gain access to valuable practical experience opportunities.


Pfeiffer’s special education degree program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 61 semester hours (SH). Consistent with the vision and mission of Pfeiffer University, the philosophy of the special education program is embodied in the tenets of the conceptual framework: developing servant leaders for professional practice:

  • Preparation and planning
  • Establishing a respectful environment
  • Effective instruction skills
  • Assuming professional responsibilities

The undergraduate program leads to recommendation for North Carolina teacher licensure in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12. North Carolina licensure also requires candidates to complete state specified testing.

Certification Only/Lateral Entry Requirements: Evening and online offerings are available in professional core and specialty studies courses to assist the lateral entry, licensure-only or working adult students in meeting the requirements for licensure for North Carolina.

Degree Requirements for a Major in Special Education (58 SH)

The special education program includes three components:

  • General Education Courses (68 SH)
  • Professional Core Studies (28 SH)
  • Specialty Area Studies (30 SH)

Core Courses (28 SH)

  • EDUC 205 Introduction to Teaching
  • EDUC 225 Educational Technology
  • EDUC 306 Learner & Learning I 
  • EDUC 321 Research and Assessment
  • EDUC 322 Diversity in Education
  • EDUC 476 Licensure Preparation
  • EDUC 517 Student Teaching K-12
  • SPED 250 Behavior Management for Exceptional Children

Specialty Studies (30 SH)

  • EDUC 308 Learning & Learning II K-12  
  • EDUC 407 Elementary Practicum. I
  • EDUC 412 Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades
  • EDUC 433 Materials & Methods in Secondary School
  • EDUC 442 Math Methods in the Elementary School
  • EDUC 520 Cross Curricular Literacy
  • HPED 407 Adapted Physical Education
  • SPED 301 Assessment for Instruction
  • SPED 305 High Incidence Exceptionalities
  • SPED 317 Individualized Education Plan Development
  • SPEC 408 Educational Strategies for Differentiated Instruction
  • SPED 475 Practicum in Special Education

Note: Teacher candidates may elect to major in special education and elementary (K-6) education. This program requires approximately five years to complete. Prior transcripts are reviewed and a written course of study must be approved by the licensure officer.

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Secondary Education Teaching Licensure

If you are interested in teaching grades 9-12, visit our secondary education teaching licensure certificate page

Master’s Degree in Special Education

If you’d like to get your master’s degree, read more about Pfeiffer's MA-SPED program here

Division of Education 

Visit the division of education page to find out more information about:

  • Application for admission to the education program
  • Student teaching
  • Pfeiffer’s AIG (academically and intellectually gifted) add-on licensure program
  • Education-specific scholarship programs
  • Pfeiffer University’s CAEP National Accreditation (through 2021)
  • CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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