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School-Age Education - Special Education

Curriculum Description

This curriculum prepares individuals to work with children in elementary through middle grades in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with school-age children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth/development; computer technology in education; physical/nutritional needs of school-age children; care and guidance of school-age children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional and creative development of school-age populations.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in school-aged environments. Employment opportunities include school-age teachers in child care programs, before/after-school programs, paraprofessional positions in public/private schools, recreational centers and other programs that work with school-age populations.

The following represents one way in which the certificate can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 13.1202
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2016

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
EDU 144 Child Development I 3 0 0 3
EDU 145 Child Development II 3 0 0 3
EDU 163 Classroom Mgt & Instruct 3 0 0 3
  Total: 9 0 0 9

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
EDU 221 Children with Exceptional 3 0 0 3
EDU 222 Learn w/ Behav Disord 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Specific Learning Disab 3 0 0 3
Sensory & Physical Disab (3) (0) (0) (3)
Developmental Delays (3) (0) (0) (3)
  Total: 9 0 0 9

Total Credit Hours: 18


  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

All prerequisites must be met before courses are taken. See an academic advisor concerning prerequisites.