Special Education: Adapted Curriculum K-12

Discover Your Options


  • A master’s degree in special education with a concentration in special education, adapted curriculum. Persons with a bachelor’s degree take up to 39 hours of coursework in education and adapted curriculum and 6 hours of internship to obtain initial licensure in special education, adapted curriculum. There is also a master’s only option with room for electives for those not seeking licensure through Radford University.


  • Practicing teachers licensed in special education general curriculum or old categorical areas can take the coursework needed to add special education adapted curriculum to their license. Consult your school division for the requirements. 


  • Any of the seven courses in severe disabilities can be used for professional development and recertification points with approval from your school district.
  • Provisionally licensed teachers submit their VDOE transcript analysis and work with their advisor to develop a program of study which satisfies the courses listed as deficiencies.

The Special Education, Adapted Curriculum program is offered through Radford University and the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Supporting Students with Severe Disabilities and Autism. Other members of the consortium include George Mason University, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Although our coursework is delivered through a combination of online and distance-learning approaches, we stress the importance of hands-on experiences. We use real-time, interactive, multipoint video conference and interactive course management to build a single virtual “classroom” among participants from each of the six universities.

Required Courses


  • EDEF 605: Educational Research
  • EDSP 622: Collaboration to Teach and Support Diverse Learners
  • EDSP 651: Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the Special Education Process
  • EDSP 670: Proactive Classroom Management and Advanced Positive Behavior Support


  • EDSP 663 - Characteristics of Students with Severe Disabilities
  • EDSP 664 - IEP, Assessment and Program Planning for Adapted Curriculum
  • EDSP 665 - Individualized Supports and Specialized Care of Students with Significant Disabilities
  • EDSP 667 – Language Development and Communication
  • EDSP 668 – Transition and Community-Based Instruction
  • EDSP 674 - Teaching Students with Individualized Adapted Curriculum 

Teaching Internship

    To obtain a VDOE collegiate professional license in Special Education, Adapted Curriculum K-12, an additional 6 semester hours of internship experiences are required. However, students who complete one year of successful, co-supervised full-time teaching experience in this endorsement area in a public school or accredited nonpublic school during their graduate program may be given the opportunity to have this experience accepted in lieu of the supervised teaching internship. 

Additional Courses for Licensure

  • EDEF 607 - Foundations of Education
  • EDEF 600 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • EDSP 691 - Emergent and Early Literacy for Students w Complex Language and Learning Needs

Tuition Support

Special Education: Adapted Curriculum Consortium

Tuition support is available for students in the adapted curriculum consortium at Radford University. The contact is Dr. Karen Douglas.

For this Consortium, you are also required to complete three essay questions

Tuition Support

Tuition support is available for this program. Please contact Dr. Karen Douglas. For this Consortium, you are also required to complete three essay questions