Special Education Foundations (AS)
The Associate of Science degree in Special Education Foundations prepares students for a major in Special Education at a four-year college or university. It also is excellent preparation for students who wish to work as Paraprofessionals or Education Assistants in a special education classroom.
This degree incorporates all of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. The degree also includes the requirements for entrance into third-year courses in many other public or private colleges offering a Special Education major.
Normandale has a partnership which enables students to obtain a four-year Special Education Academic Behavior Strategist degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSUM) on the Normandale campus. Completion of the degree does not guarantee admittance into any particular education program.
Students considering a teaching career are encouraged to take EDUC 1101 during their first semester, or as soon as possible in their college career. This course exposes education students to early field experiences so that students can determine if a career in teaching is right for them.
In order to complete a baccalaureate degree in four years, students must be prepared to take college-level composition and mathematics when they enter Normandale. If developmental coursework is required, the time needed to obtain a degree and licensing is increased.
If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.
Students wishing to complete the Associate of Science in Special Education Foundations should:
Required Courses: (46-49 cr)
Required Special Education Courses: (13 cr)
Other Suggested Electives
For admission to the Minnesota State University, Mankato program, a grade of B or higher is required on those courses marked with an asterisk (*). An overall GPA of 2.75 is also required. Two asterisks (**) indicate recommended elective coursework.