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Special Education Transfer Pathway Degree

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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:

    1. Develop and utilize processes to identify the special needs, strengths, and experiences of exceptional learners in each of the 13  disability categories.
    2. Develop and demonstrate competence in how special education mandated practices function through collaborative practices with other system components within a single-education system.
    3. Demonstrate competence and understanding in analyzing principles related to legal aspects, ethics, and standards of professional practices.
    4. 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.
    5. Understand and demonstrate competence in student referral procedures and assessment
      practices in designing Individual Education Programs (IEP process).
    6. 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 Minnstate college or the University of Minnesota. (for a two-year degree program.)
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.


  • 17 credits

    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
  • 40 credits

    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)
    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  
  • 3 credits

    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 
    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 
    EDUC 2031  Introduction to Special Education
    CMST 1110 OR 2215 Public Speaking OR Introduction to Communication 
      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
    PSYC 2265  Educational Psychology 
      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
    HPER 1102 Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
      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.

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