Designed for students seeking teacher certification in Special Education. 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.
- 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.
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.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of student, including additional general Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hour from each of the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following course:
Communication: Complete the following course:
Computer Technology: Complete one of the following courses:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following course:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following course:
Complete additional General Education course(s) to reach a minimum of 24 credit hours:
- GEOG-132: World Regional Geography
- HIST-151: American History I
- HIST-152: American History II
- MATH-1091, MATH-1092, MATH-1093, and MATH-1094, OR MATH-110: Intermediate Algebra
- MATH-112: Trigonometry
- MATH-115: College Algebra*
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-153: Calculus for Business, Life Science, and Social Sciences
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-221: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
- MATH-225: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-283: Linear Algebra
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
- POLS-101: American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement
- POLS-152: International Relations
- POLS-200: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
- SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology
- SOC-152: Women, Men, and Society
- SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society
- WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World
- SPC-131: Fundamentals of Speaking
*Math 115 or beyond is highly recommended as preparation for the Professional Readiness Exam.
*Consult transfer guides and speak with an advisor regarding transferability.
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24
Wellness: Complete one of the the following:
- HPE-140: Lifetime Wellness
- HPE-142: Advanced First Aid
- HPE-260: Nutrition, Health, and Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher*
- *HPE-260 is highly recommended.
Humanities: Complete a total of 8 credits, including those taken from the General Education area, from the following:
- Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Foreign Language (Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL), or World Religions (WR).
- Three credit hours are satisfied in the Required Core Courses category.
Science and Mathematics: Complete a total of 8 credits, including courses taken from the Quantitative Literacy group, from the following:
- Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS), Science (SCI).
- Note: At least 7 credit hours are satisfied in the General Education Quantitative Literacy category and within the Required Core Courses.
Social Science: This category is satisfied with the Required Core and General Education Courses in this program.
NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 2
Required Core Courses
- Students considering transferring to a four-year institution are advised to consult current transfer and articulation guides to ensure that the appropriate courses are selected. For additional assistance, please contact an advisor.
Maximum Credit Hours Necessary: 14
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
- Central Michigan University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Michigan State University
- University of Detroit Mercy
- University of Michigan - Dearborn
- Wayne State University
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.