Special Education

Associate in Arts
Transfer Degree
Cost
$10,430*

Improve the lives of children with disabilities

Provide a person-centered approach to teaching and learning. Fulfill your purpose in a rewarding career, and make a positive difference in the lives of children.

Build a foundation for a 4-year degree with an associate degree in special education. Lead tomorrow’s young minds with compassion, composure and creativity.

What can you do with a degree in Special Education?

Complete the special education course sequences to become eligible for transfer to a 4-year institution. A bachelor’s degree in special education prepares you for licensure in Illinois.

After further education, you can begin a career in any of the following:

  • preschool teacher
  • special education associate
  • teacher's aide

Things you'll love about this program

  • strong transfer agreements with 4-year schools
  • field experiences in local school districts
  • partnerships with local schools = job opportunities!
  • curriculum emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • classes taught by expert professors with local K-12 experience

Highlights

  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Career Outlook

Need help?

A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    ENG 121 3
    MTH 121 3
    PSY 121 3
    EDU 121 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ENG 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code MTH 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code PSY 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code EDU 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    ENG 122 3
    MTH 221 3
    BIO 141 4
    HST 221 3
    ECE 124 3
    • Course Code ENG 122
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code MTH 221
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code BIO 141
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HST 221
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 124
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CMM 121 3
    MUS 124 3
    ENG 249 3
    EDU 222 3
    EDU 223 3
    • Course Code CMM 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code MUS 124
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ENG 249
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code EDU 222
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code EDU 223
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    PSC 121 3
    ART 121 3
    3
    EDU 224 3
    EDU 225 3
    • Course Code PSC 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ART 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code EDU 224
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code EDU 225
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours

60

Learn how CLC helps you transfer

Start at CLC and continue with a 4-year school to earn your bachelor's degree. CLC has partnerships with many colleges and universities, covering a wide range of programs.

Our Guaranteed Transfer Partnerships (GTAs) with a select number of schools guarantee admission to students who meet specific criteria.



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*Cost includes tuition and other fees, including books and materials before financial aid is applied, such as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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