The Department of Special Education prepares graduates to be professional educators and leaders in the field of special education for students with mild disabilities in the licensure areas of birth-kindergarten, behavioral-emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, mental disabilities, visual impairments, orientation and mobility, and deaf/blind disabilities. Graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of all special educators as defined by The Standards for the Preparation and Licensure of Special Educators, The Council for Exceptional Children, the initial and advanced competencies of the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction, and the Standard for Beginning Teachers of the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium.
The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate study programs in liberal arts and the professions at North Carolina Central University. In ensuing years with the creation of several programs, the Graduate School has grown to offering degrees in the following.
College of Behavioral and Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science and Technology
School of Business
School of Education
School of Liberal Arts
School of Library and Information Sciences
The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.