Special Education A.A. (EDSA)
What is an Associate Degree in Special Education?
This program provides a foundation for continued study toward a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Students learn foundational knowledge in general education, teacher education, and working with individuals with special needs.
Students should consult an advisor regularly to ensure transferability of coursework to a bachelor’s program.
Special Education Courses
In this program, you’ll take classes like:
- Foundations in Education
- Introduction to Special Education
- Educational Psychology
Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program Additional admission information and requirements are as follows:
- High school diploma or GED and successful completion of appropriate high school or post-secondary courses
- Submission of official transcripts of all previous education
- Acceptable scores on LCCC skills assessment
- To participate in the required observation/fieldwork experiences, you are responsible for collecting and submitting the following clearances: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI clearance including fingerprinting, NSOR verification, and physical examination (with appropriate form completion) and TB screening test
- A “record” status or failure to meet state or facility standards will prevent you from completion of required fieldwork experiences
- Special program costs include clearances, health examinations and testing, books, supplies, and transportation to teacher education agencies
Bachelor’s Transfer Schools
Pennsylvania offers statewide program-to-program articulation. This allows students who graduate with specific associate degrees to transfer as juniors into a bachelor’s degree program in a similar field of study at a participating four-year college. Learn more about transferring to a four-year school.
Teacher certification in Special Education requires completion of a certified Bachelor’s program. Your A.A. in Special Education prepares you to transfer to the following four-year colleges or universities: