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Special Education-Learning Disabilities


Description of the Major:

The special education-learning disabilities major at Coastal Carolina University prepares students for South Carolina teacher licensure in learning disabilities grades pre-kindergarten through 12 (PreK-12).  Students majoring in special education will focus on the disability area of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD).  Study in the core areas of English, math, science and social studies prepares students for content they will be expected to teach in public schools.  To prepare for classroom interaction, students in the special ecuation-SLD program receive extensive preparation in child growth and development, technology, exceptional learner characteristics and differences, instructional strategies and planning, learning environments and social interactions, language and reading, assessment, collaboration, and professional and ethical practice.

The Student Experience:

  • The Spadoni College of Education is nationally accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and the South Carolina Board of Education. The Special Education - Learning Disabilities program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
  • Students who earn a degree from CCU and South Carolina licensure are eligible for reciprocal licensure in every other state.
  • The Special Education - Learning Disabilities program includes extensive clinical experiences in area schools, beginning in the first semester of study in education and continuing through the internship experience at the end of the program.  Clinical field work begins with a focus on guided observation experiences, followed by expectations for individual, small group, and whole-class instruction.
  • A degree in Special Education will present graduates with opportunities to fill shortages in an area of critical need.
  • Coastal Carolina University offers three student organizations for education majors:  the South Carolina Education Association Club (SCEA); the national education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi (KDP); and the campus chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC Club).

Admission to the Program:

All students enter the progrom as pre-majors. Candidates may complete a formal application for admission to the professional program in teacher education (PPTE) when they have completed at least 60 hours of college level coursework and have met the following requirements:

  • Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA;
  • Earn a "C" or better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102 or ENGL 211, EDUC 111, and EDUC 204;
  • Pass all three areas of Praxis I or meet the exemption policy;
  • Successfully clear a criminal background check; and
  • Complete a Professional Behavior and Dispositions Self-Evaluation submitted in LiveText.

Candidates are reviewed for acceptance by the Portal I Faculty Committee.


Areas of Study:

EDLD 440 Managing the Learning Environment and Behavior
EDLD 477 Research, Trends and Issues in Learning Disabilities
EDLD 388 Methods for Students with Language Learning Disabilities


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