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.

Degree Requirements:

Students wishing to complete the Associate of Science in Special Education Foundations should:

  • Determine the four-year college or university to which they plan to transfer. Consult the catalog or transfer guide for that institution to become familiar with their requirements for a special education major. Additional help is available in the Normandale Education Training Academy (EdTrAc) office in C 3040 or the Advising and Counseling department.
  • This degree fulfills the requirements for a Special Education major as an Academic Behavior Strategist at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU,M) offered here on the Normandale campus.
  • Develop a plan for coursework that includes the coursework listed below (a total of 60 credits is required to graduate with the AS in Special Education Foundations).
  • Complete the Basic Skills exams of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLE). Information about these exams can be obtained from the EdTrAc office in C 3040 or at www.mtle.nesinc.com.
  • Apply to graduate after completing approximately 45 credits at Normandale.
  • Apply for admission to your selected college or university during their final year at Normandale.

Required Courses: (46-49 cr)

ART 1101

The Visual Arts (3)

CHEM 1020

Survey of Chemistry (4)

COMM 1101*

Fundamentals-Public Speaking (3)

EDUC 1101

Introduction to Education (4)

ENGC 1101*

Freshman Composition (4)

ENGL 2060

Children’s Literature (3)

GEOG 1121

World Regional Geography (3)

GEOL 1110

Environmental Geology (3)

GEOL 1111

Environmental Geology Lab (1)

HLTH 1103

College First Aid and Adult CPR (2)

HLTH 1106

Drug Use and Abuse (3)

HIST 1111

U.S. History 1 (4)

or HIST 1112

U.S. History 2 (4)

MATH 1050

Mathematical Foundations I (3)

MATH 1060**

Mathematical Foundations II (3)

PHIL 1103

Ethics (3)

MnTC Course

One general course that meets the MnTC (3)

Required Special Education Courses: (13 cr)

EDUC 2101

Education Technology (3)

EDUC 2331

Professional Practice and the Design of IEPs (2)

EDUC 2408

Individuals with Diverse and Exceptional Needs (4)

EDUC 2409

Learning/Human Development (4)

Other Suggested Electives

EDUC 1120**

Spanish for Educators 1 (3)

EDUC 1220**

Spanish for Educators 2 (3)

EDUC 2096

Internship in Education (2-4)

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.