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Inclusive Education, B.S.Ed

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Aspiring teachers with an interest in special education acquire in Western Carolina University’s Inclusive Education program the knowledge and experience to differentiate instruction and manage classrooms of students who have a broad range of abilities and needs.
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Key facts:

  • Part of Western Carolina University’s nationally award-winning School of Teaching and Learning, the program prepares future teachers to help students master the general education curriculum, whether working solely with exceptional children or in inclusive kindergarten through sixth-grade settings for students with and without disabilities. WCU values inclusion and hosts the University Participant Program, an on-campus living and learning experience for college-aged people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Coursework prepares future teachers to assess each student’s abilities and needs, and then adjust how they teach so that all students learn. Students take teaching methods courses for mathematics, language arts, science, social studies and digital literacy. They also study child development, types of exceptionalities and behavioral disorders, methods and materials for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities, and how to collaborate with professionals, community and families. Students complete 50 hours of service activities such as volunteering with schools, agencies or community organizations in which they work directly with people with disabilities or their families. In addition, students work in inclusive public school classrooms with mentorship from dedicated, experienced teachers and guidance from WCU faculty during a year-long internship.
  • Students who complete the Inclusive Education program are recommended for initial North Carolina teaching licensure in Exceptional Education: General Curriculum for kindergarten through sixth-grade, and eligible, with successful completion of the Praxis exam, for licensure in elementary education. North Carolina’s more than 2,500 public schools hire special education teachers, and charter schools and private schools also may employ graduates. Some students also go to graduate school. WCU’s Master of Arts in Education program enables students to earn licensure in Gifted Creative and Innovative Education, Mild to Moderate Disabilities, or Severe/Profound Disabilities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Inclusive Education curriculum include:

  • Seminar for Responsive Instruction
  • Language Arts Methods for Grades K-6
  • Science Methods for Grade K-6
  • Social Studies Methods for Grades K-6
  • Mathematics Methods Grades K-3
  • Mathematics Methods Grades 3-6
  • Digital Literacy Methods for Grades K-6 Credits
  • Children's Literature in the 21st Century
  • Content Reading for Intermediate Grade Learners
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Reasoning about Change, Measurement, Chance, and Data for Teaching 
  • The Exceptional Child
  • Assessment for Instruction
  • Teaching Elementary Students with Learning Problems (K-6)
  • Exceptional Learners in the General Curriculum
  • Behavioral Issues in the General Curriculum

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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