Welcome to the Department of Reading Education and Special Education

Welcome to the Department of Reading Education and Special Education. Our department is comprised of two programs: Reading and Language Arts and Special Education. The department offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language arts and specific areas of special education. We also offer a Reading Clinic that provides direct services to children with reading disabilities.

The Reading and Language Arts Program (RLA) has a reputation of being the finest in the state of North Carolina. The Advanced Master's degree in reading at Appalachian offers two concentrations to persons who are interested in teaching reading and language arts: Classroom/Clinical and Adult Literacy. The Reading Program also offers an add-on certificate in Reading.

The Special Education Program is one of the strongest programs in the College of Education offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The undergraduate program prepares future teachers to work with students with disabilities. Completion of this degree leads to certification in either Special Education: General Curriculum K-12, or Special Education: Adapted Curriculum K-12, depending on the concentration chosen. The graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Special Education, with concentrations available in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities.