Pre-Special Education

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts
Year Established: 
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The Pre-Education program was chosen in 2001 as one of the six exemplary community college teacher education programs in America by Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., an affiliate of the Carnegie Foundation of New York.

The Associate in Arts degree in Pre-Special Education requires 60 credit hours of coursework, all of which can be transferred to most teacher training institutions without loss of credit.

Career Opportunities: 

Pre-Special Education program graduates who complete a bachelor''s 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.

Course Transfer Information Students interested in transferring should note: HPE 260 transfers to the University of Michigan- Dearborn and is a recommended course for students transferring to UM-D. HPE 140 and HPE 260 transfer to Eastern Michigan University and are recommended courses for students transferring to EMU. HPE 140, HPE 142 and HPE 260 transfer to Wayne State University and are recommended courses for students transferring to WSU. Consult the transfer guide for the university to which you wish to transfer to determine the HPE course that will apply to your bachelor''s degree.

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 HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC 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,, 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 - Ann Arbor
  • Wayne State University

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 HFCC coursework must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to work with children in public or non-public schools.

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

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Arts Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Arts degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education when applicable.

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.