Stout School of Education
Special Education

Special Education

Special Education cropped“I had the privilege to be a part of the High Point University School of Education for four years.  From my experiences in the local schools to the life lessons that I gained in the classroom, the faculty and staff of the School of Education have provided me with priceless opportunities.  With an amazing education from HPU and a wonderful support system, I know I will be an extraordinary special education teacher.“

Ms. Becca Irvine, Class of 2013

The education program at High Point University has long been recognized for its excellence throughout North Carolina and the eastern United States. Our program is based within the liberal arts tradition; it is rigorous, field-centered and highly personalized. The teacher education programs at High Point University meet the requirements of both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Special education majors have a choice between two programs of study, General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum.  A major in special education will qualify a student for licensure either in Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) or Special Education: Adapted Curriculum (K-12) depending upon which program of study they choose to follow.  Several General Education area requirements and core courses may be fulfilled by required courses in professional education and supporting disciplines.

Students are now able to take American Sign Language.

Why education is a top major

  • The School of Education is housed in a brand new LEED-Certified facility which includes an expansive Teacher- Resource Center, a simulated elementary classroom methods lab and $250,000 of state-of-the-art technology
  • HPU offers programs of study that reflect the latest research on best practices in teaching
  • Experiential learning opportunities in the community allow for HPU students to become deeply connected with the area, including Literacy Nights and LEGO Education Workshops
  • Opportunities to engage in study course material on trips to various venues, including the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
  • Students have a choice of many opportunities including service learning, undergraduate research and B.A. to M.Ed. program
  • Faculty includes former school superintendents, classroom teachers, school psychologists, principals and curriculum specialists, all of whom are currently engaged in scholarship and public school K-12 initiatives

Pearson’s Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Exam and Praxis II Exams

All undergraduate students who complete degrees in special education are required to pass the Pearson’s Foundations of Reading test, the General Curriculum tests and Praxis II Specialty Area Exam in order to be eligible for N.C. Teacher licensure. These comprehensive multiple choice and essay examinations are standardized test typically taken at the end of the four year program of study. High Point University’s program completers have exceeded the State of North Carolina’s average pass rates on the Pearson’s reading, math and multi-subject tests and have averaged a 100% pass rate on the Praxis II examination the past three years (2015-2017).



STEM Education at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center

HPU education students had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. to gain new knowledge and teaching tactics surrounding STEM-science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This trip prepared education majors to help their future students understand the relevance of space, space exploration and STEM-related fields in their daily lives.

Unparalleled access to LEGO education

Dr. Shirley Disseler, HPU assistant professor of education and chairperson of the Global LEGO Education Advisory Panel, created the LEGO Education Project at HPU. LEGO Education offers unique solutions for educators who want to incorporate innovation, creativity and hands-on learning into the classroom. Education students at HPU visit local elementary schools to introduce LEGO Education. They also host students, teachers and parents on HPU’s campus for LEGO Education showcase events. Disseler says LEGO Education gives her students a unique opportunity to act as educational leaders. When students go into schools, they’re instructing other teachers on how to implement projects.

Student clubs & organizations

  • Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education)
  • North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators
  • Teachers of Tomorrow
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children