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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education Transfer Pathway, AS

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Total Credits:  60

Major Number: 5931
CIP Code: 13.1001

Program Description  

The Special Education Transfer Pathway AS degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer the entire completed degree to designated parallel Special Education bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities with junior-year status. This degree also prepares students for work as paraprofessionals or educational assistants in a PK-12 classroom.The Special Education Transfer Pathway Degree prepares students to identify and teach students with a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, physical, or developmental disabilities. Disability areas may include autism, speech and language impairments, blindness, deafness, or emotional disabilities. The curriculum has been specifically designed with the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers and includes the full Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Minnesota State universities include: Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Program Prerequisites 


Special Instructions 

Individuals who have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on the ability to complete field experience in coursework and the chances of employment in the field of Education, or on your ability to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid. For more information about the background study process and disqualifying crimes, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services at 651-296-3802.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 20

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Total Credits: 10

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3: Natural Sciences

Minimum of 7 credits; Two courses from two different disciplines with at least one traditional lab course

Total Credits: 7

Goal 4: Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 3 credits. Courses must be numbered between Math 1020 and MATH 1082 ; (not PHIL 1041 ).

Total Credits: 3

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses from three different disciplines.

Total Credits: 9

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 9 credits. Three courses, at least ONE of which must be a literature course,from three different disciplines.

Total Credits: 9

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in each of four Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 and 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 38

MnTC Elective Requirements

Any MnTC course(s) numbered 1000 or above   Credits: 2

Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements

  • Each EDUC course requires 10 hours of field-based work, for a total of 40 hours to graduate with degree. 10 hours of these field-based work hours must be in a Special Education classroom setting
  • Take MTLE Basic Skills Licensure exams before earning this degree, if not met by ACT/SAT scores
  • 40 MNTC credits must satisfy all 10 MnTC Goals
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above)

Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

This transfer pathway degree is designed to transfer to the following Minnesota State university designated baccalaureate degree majors. This information is subject to change. Refer to the Century College program webpage, transfer university websites, and Transferology for current information. Contact your Century academic advisor/counselor for more details and assistance.

Bemidji State University:

  • N/A

Metropolitan State University

  • N/A

Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • ABS Special Education

Minnesota State University Moorhead

  • TBD

Southwest Minnesota State University

  • Special Education, B.S.

St. Cloud State University

  • Special Education (ABS Licensure), BS

Winona State University

  • TBD

There are additional admission requirements for Special Education programs beyond the requirements for admission to the university itself. Check with the Special Education Department at the University you are interested in attending for the specific special education program admission criteria.

Articulations exist with the following:

  • Bethel University- B.A. in Special Education


Program Learning Outcomes

  At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Understand that all students can and should learn at the highest possible levels and persist in helping all students achieve success.
  • Identify assistive supports to maximize student learning and success
  • Understand state and federal guidelines that define procedures for the identification processes for students suspected of having disabilities.
  • Understand collaborative practices across educational settings between regular staff, special educators and related service providers.
  • Experience the classroom setting, alongside professional educators serving diverse student population.
  • Understand the relationships to motivate students for academic and personal success.
  • Create professional electronic portfolios displaying achievement in the field of special education.
  • Demonstrate the process of reflective practitioner.

Program Contact Information

Jodi Elliott 651.773.1732 Room 3253 West
Christina Davis 651-747-4031 Room 3256 West

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.

Total Credits: 14

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Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 16


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