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Special Education A.A.S.

Career Description
Graduates will be qualified to seek immediate employment as paraprofessionals in public or private schools and will be particularly qualified to work with students with special needs, which is the largest segment of paraprofessional needs.  

Program Information
The Special Education A.A.S. degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking employment as a special education paraprofessional. The program is also beneficial to anyone working in family or center-based childcare, as a nanny, or preschool teacher. Through an articulation agreement with the College of Education at St. Cloud State University, students can transfer the credits directly into a Bachelor’ Degree program in special education.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Integrate child development theory with appropriate practice in early care and education settings.
2. Plan and prepare effective instruction.
3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with families, coworkers, agencies, and early childhood partners.
4. Plan culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development.
5. Recognize ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities.
6. Summarize and demonstrate understanding of special education laws and regulations, the needs of special education students and the special education working environment.

Special Program Requirements/Admissions:
A MN DHS background check must be obtained before the student is admitted to the degree program.

Accreditation
The CLC Child Development program is currently involved in the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation process.

Transfer Opportunities
Students can transfer the entire A.A.S. degree directly into the Bachelors Degree program in Special Education at St. Cloud State University.

Employment Opportunities
DEED shows occupational growth projections of 12% in Central MN, and 18%, nationwide, in addition to the significant needs for replacement of retiring Special Education teachers. OSDS information projects 753 annual openings in MN with 686 of these coming from replacement needs. That same source also projects just 65 graduates per year for this period.

Career Titles
•Special Education paraprofessional

Advisory Board
Jeff Wig, Dean of Technical Programs, CLC, Jeanette Rydberg, CLC Instructor, Gaynard Brown, Paul Bunyan Coop, Julie Domino, Paul Bunyan Coop, current CLC student, Lisa Kayer, Staples/Motley High School teacher, Laura Helseth, Director of the Early Care and Education Center, Kathy Stevens, family childcare provider, faculty to be named from St. Cloud State University.

Faculty Biography
Jeanette Rydberg, M.S. Early Childhood/Special Education, 11 years teaching experienceas an early childhood/sp.ed teacher and  21years teaching in higher education. Member of the Council for Exceptional Children, early childhood, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorder divisions.
Adjunct faculty to be determined, fall, 2012.




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A.A.S. CURRICULUM
First Year - Fall Semester
CDEV 1100     Foundations of Child Development (3 cr)
or**CEEP 361  Intro to Educational Psychology (must enroll in this course through SCSU)
PSYC 2421     General Psychology  (4cr)
General Education  (8cr)
Fall Semester Total  15 Credits 

Spring Semester
CDEV 1135    Profiles of Exceptional Child (3cr)
CDEV 2100    Intro to Found of Public School Ed (3cr)                 
CDEV 2112    Collaboration Skills & Trans Trng(3cr)
General Education (5cr)
Spring Semester Total 14 Credits

Second Year - Fall Semester
CDEV 2110    Char. of Learning & Behavioral Dis. (3cr)
CDEV 2114    Intro to Autism Spectrum Disorder (2cr)
General Education (10 cr)                               
Fall Semester Total 15 Credits

Spring Semester
HLTH 1507    Drug Awareness (3cr)
PSYC 2431*   Human Development  (3cr)
General Education (10cr)
Spring Semester Total  16 Credits 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 60 CREDITS
* Denotes Prerequisites

 

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