Special Ed Majors

Associate in Science Pathway for Special Education

This is a typical course schedule for a student planning to complete the AA degree within two years, then transfer and major in Special Education. See your ECC Academic Advisor to obtain specific requirements, as course requirements vary by transfer institution.

Courses marked with * have additional prerequisites

Fall Semester 1 (16 Credit Hours)

  • ENG 101, English Composition I (3)
  • EDN 100, Introduction to Education (3)
  • 1MTH 110, Math for Elementary Teaching I (3)
  • BIO 108, Biology for Contemporary Society (4)
  • Humanities, Gen Ed (3)

Spring Semester 2 (15 Credit Hours)

  • ENG 102, English Composition II (3)
  • 1EDN 204, Exceptional Individual (3)
  • 1MTH 113, Math for Elementary Education II (3)
  • PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Fine Arts, Gen Ed (3)

Fall Semester 3 (15 or 16 Credit Hours)

  • CMS 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3)
  • 1EDN 201, Intro to Cross-Cultural Education (3)
  • PSY 212, Child Psychology or 218 Human Growth & Development (3)
  • Physical Science, Gen Ed (3 or 4)
  • HIS 151 or 152, History of the U.S. to 1870 or U.S. History Since 1865 (3)

Spring Semester 4 (15 or 16 Credit Hours)

  • 1EDN 112, Technology in Education (3)
  • 1EDN 215, Literacy in Education (3)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities, Gen Ed (3)
  • POS 150, American Government, National (3)
  • Elective, (2-4)

1May requirements vary by institution, including EDN & MTH courses for Special Education. Plan to discuss this with your academic advisor.

  • ECC & many transfer institutions require a Diversity and/or a Multicultural course as a graduation requirement. Courses that fulfill this requirement at ECC include options in Humanities, Fine Arts, Behavioral Science, and Social Science. See your academic advisor or view the details of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Engineering Science in the ECC catalog to view options.
  • Basic Skills Requirement (TAP, ACT, or SAT)- The Test of Academic Proficiency covers reading comprehension, language arts (grammar and writing), mathematics, and a constructed-response writing assignment. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) allows certain ACT and SAT scores to be substituted for the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)/Basic Skills test required for licensure. Discuss options, including superscoring, with your advisor. Superscoring is for candidates that do not have an overall passing composite score; it is possible to average the highest subject scores from multiple tests.
  • This plan is a sample pathway; the only way to secure an accurate education plan for the school of your preference is to meet with an academic advisor in B120.

Majoring in Special Education?

What specific majors are related to Special Education?

  • Art Education
  • Bilingual & Multicultural Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Math Education
  • Middle Level Education
  • Music Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • School Psychology
  • School Social Work
  • Special Education

What careers are similar to Special Education?

Transfer students for certain schools would likely pursue the Associate in Arts degree which better aligns with most transfer schools. Plan to discuss this with your academic advisor.

Helpful information - National Association of Special Education Teachers 

Students interested in Elementary Education and related careers requiring an AAS degree or VS/BVS certificate at ECC can pursue:

Information from  and BLS.gov