Pre-Special Education

Program Info

Year Established
1998
Program Code
PSPED.AA
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division: 313-845-9625, socialscience@hfcc.edu, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140
Faculty Contact
Patricia Lanzon: 313-317-1532, planzon@hfcc.edu, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-307

Program Description

Description

Designed for students seeking teacher certification in Special Education. Focuses on teaching students with disabilities such as mental, emotional, physical, visual or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and autism. Transfer to and completion of a four-year university teacher preparation program is necessary for full teacher certification.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Apply current educational theories and practices to a classroom setting.
  • Apply humanities concepts within the pre-kindergarten through high school classroom.
  • Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting.
  • Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to special education programs.
  • Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for special education students.
  • Analyze elementary and middle school mathematics at the level necessary for teaching.
  • Construct scientific knowledge using inquiry-based techniques.
  • Follow appropriate health, physical education, nutrition, and safety practices for special education classrooms.
Career Opportunities

Pre-Special Education program graduates who complete a bachelor degree with teacher certification may teach special education classes in many disability areas such as mental impairments, visual impairments, learning disabilities, emotional impairments, physical impairments, hearing impairments, speech impairments, and autism.

This degree requires coursework that can be transferred to most four-year teacher preparation programs without loss of credit. The elective component of this program allows students to select courses that apply toward the bachelor's degree at their intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the university guide sheets in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center located in Learning Resources Center.

Transfer Colleges
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Michigan State University
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Wayne State University

Admission Requirements

Additional Program Requirements

The law requires new teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and other personnel to provide documentation of a completed criminal record check. Students who complete field experiences as part of their HFC coursework must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to work with children in public or non-public schools.

General Education

Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Credit Hours
4.00

Degree-Specific Requirements

Program Requirements

Note
  • *Computer Technology: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
  • *Human Development: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
Required Support Courses
Course name Credit Hours
ENG-131: Introduction to College Writing 3.00
ENG-132: College Writing and Research 3.00
POLS-131: Introduction to American Government and Political Science 3.00
PSY-131: Introductory Psychology 3.00

Complete one of the following tracks:

15.00
Credit Hours: 27
Note
  • *Humanities: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
  • *Mathematics: MATH-115 is highly recommended for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
  • *Natural Sciences: Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
Note
Elective Hours
13.00
Minimum Total Credit Hours
60.00