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Child Development - Special Education AAS Degree
Title Special Education AAS Degree 
Department Child Development 

Program Course Requirements

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 (4 cr)
General Education (8 cr)
Total 15 Credits

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

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

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

* Denotes Prerequisites

Click here to download the Special Education AAS Degree Program Planning Form (PDF)

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 Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate child development theory with appropriate practice in early care and education settings.
  • Plan and prepare effective instruction.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with families, coworkers, agencies, and early childhood partners.
  • Plan culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, language, social and emotional development.
  • Recognize ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities.
  • 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: 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.

Career 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