Special Education A.A. (EDSA)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

Pre-professional program provides a foundation for continued study toward a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education are provided with the fundamental knowledge of individuals with special needs. A wide range of electives permits students to select courses that will fulfill requirements of four-year colleges or universities to which they wish to transfer. It is essential that students consult with a counselor or faculty advisor when planning their academic programs. Field experiences and observations are incorporated into the program.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of exceptionalities linked to assessment, planning, and implementation of special educational strategies.
  • describe theories and beliefs about teaching and learning of students with exceptionalities.
  • identify special education law and its impact on the profession.
  • identify complexities of the relationship with families of individuals with disabilities to support and advocate for the child’s learning and well-being. 
Transfer information for this program is on file in the Transfer Center. For more information, contact an academic advisor or counselor.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
EDU 101 Foundations of Education 3
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 3
EDU 105 Introduction to Special Education 3
Elective* Mathematics 3
Semester Total 15
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 3
PSY 240 Educational Psychology 3
Elective *** Special Education 3
Elective ** Social Science/Humanities 3
Elective Physical Education 1
Elective * Mathematics 3
Semester Total 16
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 111 Speech 3
Elective** Social Science 3
Elective** Humanities 3
Elective Laboratory Science 4-5
Elective*** Special Education 3
Semester Total 16-17
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
Electives **** Courses numbered 101 and above 10-12
Electives General Education 3
Semester Total 13-15
Credit Total 60-63

A student interested in teacher certification should consult with an advisor or counselor and select electives carefully in accordance with the general education and/or preprofessional requirements of the four-year colleges or universities to which he or she intends to transfer.

Recommended electives:

*Mathematics: MAT 120, 125, 150, or higher. MAT 125 is recommended for students interested in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Special Education.
**Humanities: ENG 201, 202, 205, 206, 210, 211, 214, 215, and 232; HIS 123 or 124; PHI 201; and SPN 105, 106, 205, and 206.
**Social Science: PSY 145 or 242.
***Special Education: EDU 210 and SED 110, 115, 200, and 205. Transfer of Special Education courses varies among four-year colleges or universities. Students should consult an advisor or counselor when selecting Special Education electives. Students transferring to four year schools should
show evidence of:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Successfully taken PAPA exam
  • Maintain credential portfolio with evidence of clearances (FBI, PA State Police, Child Abuse)
  • Provide evidence of liability insurance

****Recommended courses numbered 101 or above, such as SED courses listed above, CIS 105, EDU 201, HPE 101, BIO 101, CHE 105, and PHY 101. A student should consult the catalog of the school to which he or she wishes to transfer to determine if two laboratory science courses are required.

An exemption to the physical education requirement is available to students having a physician complete an official LCCC medical waiver form. Waivers are granted solely on the basis that a physical limitation exists that makes even “very moderate” activity non-beneficial to the participant. Waiver forms must be completed at least one full semester prior to the student’s graduation. Request for a waiver should be directed to the Associate Dean of Professional Accreditation and Curriculum.