Special Education Transfer Pathway Degree
The Special Education Transfer Pathway Associate of Science (AS) degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an AS degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Special Education bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.
Minnesota State Transfer Pathways offer students curriculum that is designed to fully transfer to a parallel program at one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system:
- Bemidji State University
- Metropolitan State University
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Minnesota State University, Moorhead
- Southwest Minnesota State University
- St. Cloud State University
- Winona State University
Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate achievement of program outcomes by being able to:
- Develop and utilize processes to identify the special needs, strengths, and experiences of exceptional learners in each of the 13 disability categories.
- Develop and demonstrate competence in how special education mandated practices function through collaborative practices with other system components within a single-education system.
- Demonstrate competence and understanding in analyzing principles related to legal aspects, ethics, and standards of professional practices.
- Understand and be familiar with how gender, familial background, socioeconomic status, race, culture, existing or potential medical aspects of a learner, and linguistic diversity can impact a learner’s disability.
- Understand and demonstrate competence in student referral procedures and assessment
practices in designing Individual Education Programs (IEP process).
- Demonstrate competence using educational technology.
- A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above. (for a two-year degree program.)
- A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
- A minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree must be taken from ARCC. This requirement may be reduced from 20 to 12 semester credits for students transferring in at least 8 semester credits from either another MnSCU college or the University of Minnesota. (for a two-year degree program.)
- Completion of specific degree requirements; you must apply to graduate. Completing your degree requirements does not automatically confer your degree.
EDUC 2001 Foundations of Education 4 EDUC 2031 Introduction to Special Education 4 EDUC 2050 Human Relations and Multicultural Education 3 EDUC 2060 Educational Technology 3 EDUC 2215 Child and Adolescent Development 3 PSYC 2265 Educational Psychology 3
Complete at least 40 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete all ten goal areas and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA for the entire MnTC. One course may satisfy more than one goal area, but the course credits may be counted only once.
1. Communication ENGL 1120 OR ENGL 1121 Cross-Current College Writing and Critical Reading OR College Writing and Critical Reading 4 CMST 2215 OR CMST 1110 Public Speaking OR Introduction to Communication 3 2. Critical Thinking (met by ENGL 1120 OR 1121) PSYC 1110 General Psychology 4 3. Natural Science 4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning MATH 1121 Mathematics for Educational Arts (Recommended) 4 5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences (met by PSYC 1110) Goal 5A or 5C elective 6. Humanities/Fine Art Goal 6 electives (2 courses required; one from each of two categories) 7. Human Diversity (met by PSYC 1110) 8. Global Perspective Goal 8 elective 9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility Goal 9 elective 10. People and the Environment Goal 10 elective
HPER 1102 Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco 3
Semester 1: 15-17 Credits
ENGL 1120 OR ENGL 1121 Cross-Current College Writing and Critical Reading OR College Writing and Critical Reading 4 PSYC 1110 General Psychology 4 EDUC 2001 Foundations of Education 4 MATH elective 3-5
Semester 2: 14-17 Credits
EDUC 2215 Child and Adolescent Development 3 EDUC 2031 Introduction to Special Education 4 CMST 1110 OR 2215 Public Speaking OR Introduction to Communication 3 Goal 6 elective 1-3 Electives as required to complete MnTC 3-4
Semester 3: 15-18 Credits
EDUC 2050 Human Relations and Multicultural Education 3 PSYC 2265 Educational Psychology 3 Goal 5 elective 3-4 Goal 3 elective with lab 3-4 Other electives as required to complete the MnTC 3-4
Semester 4: 13-17 Credits
EDUC 2060 Educational Technology 3 HPER 1102 Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco 3 Goal 3 elective 3-4 Goal 6 elective 1-3 Other electives as required to complete the MnTC 3-4
Students will have required field experiences and are expected to document these experiences, as they are directed by faculty. Individuals who have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on the ability to complete field experience in coursework and the chances of employment in the field of Education. For more information about the background study process and disqualifying crimes, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services at 651-296-3802.