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Special Education Foundations (AS)

Why Choose Special Education Foundations?

Special Education is a rewarding field for individuals who like to help others. This program will prepare people to teach students who have special needs that affect their ability to learn.

Skills Acquired

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Special education and teaching programs include topics such as:

  • Special needs for exceptional students
  • Learning barriers
  • Public policy
  • Individualized study plans

Recognition

The Education Training Academy (EdTrAc) was founded in 2005 through support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

The grant provided funding to develop and implement certain courses and services that would meet the goals listed below.

Following the expiration of the grant in 2009, Normandale has continued to support the EdTrAc program to ensure the quality foundational preparation of future teachers.

Careers in Special Education

Projected Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6% from 2012 to 2022.

The employment growth of special education teachers will vary by type.

However, overall demand will be driven by increasing enrollment and continued need for special education services.

Minnesota is currently experiencing a shortage of teachers in special education, specifically Emotional/Behavior Disorders (EBD) which our program prepares teachers for.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals taking Special Education Foundations may choose to focus on the following careers:

  • Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers
  • High School Special Education Teachers
  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Special Education Teachers
  • Preschool Special Education Teachers

Average Pay

ISeek.org lists the median salary in Minnesota for the following classifications of Special Education Teachers:

  • Preschool - $60,780 annually ($29.22 per hour)
  • Kindergarten & Elementary School – $54,132 annually ($26.03 per hour)
  • Middle School - $62,177 annually ($29.89 per hour)
  • High School - $61,902 annually ($29.76 per hour).

Description

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Special education programs prepare students to identify and teach students with emotional disturbances, physical, or developmental challenges. Challenges may include autism, speech and language impairments, blindness, deafness, or emotional disabilities.

Degrees & Certificates in Special Education Foundations

The Associate of Science degree in Special Education Foundations prepares students for a major in special education at a 4-year college or university. It also is excellent preparation for students who wish to work as paraprofessionals or educational assistants in a PK-12 classroom.

This degree incorporates all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. The degree also includes the requirements for entrance into third-year courses in many other four-year universities or private schools offering a special education major.

Normandale has a partnership which enables students to obtain a four-year special education degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato on the Normandale campus. Completion of the degree does not guarantee entrance into any particular program.

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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 educational assistants in an elementary classroom.

This degree incorporates the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. The degree also meets the requirements for entrance into third year courses in other four year or private schools offering a special education major.

Normandale has a partnership which enables students to obtain a four-year elementary education degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato on the Normandale campus. Completion of the AS in Special Education Foundation degree does not guarantee entrance into any particular 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 an early field experience 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 licensure is increased.

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 their chances of employment in the field they intend to study or on their chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

Degree Requirements -

Students wishing to complete the AS in Special Education Foundations should:

  • Meet with the Education Department (C3040) or an adviser each semester.
  • Review your degree audit report on Eservices.
  • Determine the 4-year college or university to which they plan to transfer.
  • This degree aligns directly with Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the 4-year degree can be completed on the Normandale campus with Mankato.
  • If another college or university is chosen, students should seek help form that institution's transfer department or seek help form the Normandale Education Training Academy (EdTrAc) Office on the 3rd floor of the College Services Building in Rm. C 3040.
  • Develop a plan for completing the coursework listed below. A total of 60 credits at the college level is required to graduate with the Associate of Science in Special Education Foundations.
  • Complete the basic skills exams required by the State of Minnesota.  Information about these exams can be obtained from the EdTrAc office in C 3040 or visit the Minnesota Department of Education website.
  • Apply to graduate after completing approximately 45 credits here at Normandale.
  • Apply for admission to your selected college or university during your final year here at Normandale.

Required Courses: 46 credits

Admission into the Minnesota State University, Mankato program requires cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all classes. A minimum grade of B is required for these classes: COMM 1101, ENGC 1101.

Code Title Credits
ART 1101 The Visual Arts 3
CHEM 1020 Introductory Chemistry 4
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
EDUC 1101 Introduction to Education 4
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
ENGL 2060 Children’s and Young Adult Literature 3
GEOG 1121 World Regional Geography 3
GEOL 1110 Environmental Geology 3
GEOL 1111 Environmental Geology Laboratory 1
HIST 1111 United States History 1 4
or HIST 1112 United States History 2 4
HLTH 1103 College First Aid and Adult CPR 2
HLTH 1106 Drug Use and Abuse 3
MATH 1050 Mathematical Foundations 1 3
PHIL 1103 Ethics 3
PSYC 1109 Child and Adolescent Development 3

MnTC Course - One general course that meets MnTC requirements for 3 credits.

Required Special Education Courses - 13 credits

Code Title Credits
EDUC 2101 Educational Technology 3
EDUC 2331 Professional Practice and Design of Individual Education Programs 2
EDUC 2408 Individuals with Diverse and Exceptional Needs 4
EDUC 2409 Learning and Human Development for Diverse Learners 4

Other Suggested Electives

Code Title Credits
EDUC 1120 Spanish for Educators 1 3
EDUC 1220 Spanish for Educators 2 3
EDUC 2096 Internship in Education 2-4