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Special Education

Whether you are new to teaching or experienced, we can help you be an advocate for children and families with diverse learning backgrounds and needs. We will help you design assessment and instruction that is responsive to and inclusive of diverse thinking and learning.

Be Extraordinary. Be a Special Educator.

Join our 640 alumni who are using their special education degrees to serve children and families around North Carolina and the nation.


We offer three certificates and degrees in special education that meet you where you are so you can meet the needs of your students.

  • Flexible | You can take courses online, in-person in the evening, or through a mix of face-to-face and online courses.
  • Relevant | Your courses prepare you for the opportunities and challenges you face in your classrooms and schools.
  • Timely | You can earn a degree or certificate in one or two years.
  • Affordable | You can complete a program for less than $15,000 if you’re a North Carolina resident.

Request More Information About Special Education

Get more information about our flexible programs that will prepare you to meet the needs of all students, especially those with disabilities and special needs.

When you join the NC State College of Education, you join the best teacher preparation program in North Carolina.


Online Graduate Education Program in N.C. (U.S. News)

Top 12%

Among 385 Graduate Education Programs in U.S. (U.S. News)


Performing Teaching Alumni on Various Measures in N.C. (DPI)