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Example Degree
Major Code: AS40
Associate in Science
Area of Concentration: Special Education

This is ONLY an EXAMPLE. If you intend to transfer, check early with your transfer school and Counseling to ensure you're meeting ALL requirements. Transfer schools may vary in their requirements.
  1. College Requirements
  2. General Education Requirements37
    1. Communications9
      • COM100 Fund. of Speech Communication3
      • ENG101 First Year Composition I3
      • ENG102 First Year Composition II3
    2. Social and Behavioral Sciences*9
      • HIS121 American History to 1865
        HIS122 American History Since 18653
      • PSC100 Introduction to American Government3
      • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
    3. Physical and Life Sciences7
    4. Mathematics3
      • MTH202 Math for Elementary Teachers II3
    5. Humanities and Fine Arts9
      • MUS100 Music: The Art of Listening
        ART100 Art Appreciation 3
  3. Additional College Requirements5-9
    1. Social Awareness/Personal Growth2-3
    2. Physical & Life Sciences/Mathematics3-6
      • MTH201 Math for Elementary Teachers I3
    3. Non-Western and Diversity
  4. Area of Concentration/Elective Requirements14-18
      Recommendations include:
    • EDU200 Introduction to Education
    • EDU202 Clinical Experience in Education3
    • EDU205 Introduction to Technology in Education3
    • EDU210 Educational Psychology3
    • EDU220 Introduction to Special Education3

Assessment required.

* Students planning to attend Northern Illinois University should take HIS121, HIS122, PSC100 and PSY100.

Note: For specific course requirements or recommendations consult with Counseling.

NOTE: Because of teacher certification requirements, transfer school requirements and WCC graduation requirements, meet with a counselor as soon as you declare education as your intended major. Note the following:

  • Many transfer institutions require attendance at an informational meeting prior to enrollment in a school of education.
  • Students must successfully complete the ICTS Basic Skills Test before being admitted into most schools of education in Illinois.
  • Some transfer institutions require documentation of previous work with special populations.
  • Students planning to major in special education at Northern Illinois University need to contact the university's special education undergraduate advisor no later than one year prior to their admission to ensure clinical placement. Failure to do so may result in a delay of registration for the initial block sequence of courses needed for the degree.