Pre-Special Education

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts
Description: 

Designed for students seeking teacher certification in Special Education. This degree focuses on teaching students with disabilities such as mental, emotional, physical, visual or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and autism. Transfer to and completion of a four-year university teacher preparation program is necessary for full teacher certification.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply current educational theories and practices to a classroom setting
  • Analyze children’s literature for its use in the elementary, special education, or middle school classroom
  • Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting
  • Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to special education programs
  • Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for special education students
  • Analyze elementary and middle school mathematics at the level necessary for teaching
  • Construct scientific knowledge using inquiry-based techniques
  • Follow appropriate health, physical education, nutrition, and safety practices for special education classrooms

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Electives

Minimum Credit Hours: 
25.0

Complete as many Elective and Degree Specific credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

The law requires new teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and other personnel to provide documentation of a completed criminal record check. Students who complete field experiences as part of their HFC coursework must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to work with children in public or non-public schools.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
1998
Program Code: 
PSPED.AA...
Division: 
Other - Academic
Department: 
Pre-Education

Contact

Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • socialscience@hfcc.edu • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Tracie Varitek • (313) 845-6393 • tlvaritek@hfcc.edu • Campus Safety • Room: N-202

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 

Pre-Special Education program graduates who complete a bachelor degree with teacher certification may teach special education classes in many disability areas such as mental impairments, visual impairments, learning disabilities, emotional impairments, physical impairments, hearing impairments, speech impairments, and autism.

This degree requires coursework that can be transferred to most four-year teacher preparation programs without loss of credit. The elective component of this program allows students to select courses that apply toward the bachelor's degree at their intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the university guide sheets in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center located in Learning Resources Center.