Associate in Arts in Teaching Degree

Special Education - EDUC.AAT.B27

This program fulfills the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in education with a special education concentration. It consists of courses in general and professional education. These courses encompass the 11 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, the Technology Standards, and the Core Language Arts Standards for all teachers. Students are encouraged to complete their Associate in Arts in Teaching--Special Education degree prior to transfer. Students are urged to meet with the coordinator of education and an academic advisor each semester to review course selections and transfer plans.

Learn more: Email advising@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8500.

Professional and Special Education (6 courses)
Credit hours: 18

CHOOSE SIX courses from the following seven options.

  • EDUC 1713 - Introduction to Public Education
  • EDUC 1763 - Technology in Education
  • * EDUC 1833 - Students with Disabilities
  • * EDUC 2613 - Educational Psychology
  • * EDUC 2513 - Diversity in Schools
  • EDUC 2533 - Foundations of Reading
  • * PSYC 2553 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Communications General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

A minimum grade of C is required in *ENGL 1613 and *ENGL 1623.

  • * ENGL 1613 - English I
  • * ENGL 1623 - English II
  • * SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech

Laboratory Science General Education (2 courses)
Credit hours: 8

CHOOSE TWO IAI laboratory science courses, with one course from physical science and one course from the life science category.

Mathematics General Education (2 courses)
Credit hours: 6

  • * MATH 1613 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • * MATH 1623 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

Humanities General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

  • * HUMS 1513 - Introduction to Humanities
  • * ENGL 2613 - Ancient & Medieval World Literature or *ENGL 2623 - Modern World Literature

In addition, CHOOSE ONE course from the following four options. This course fulfills the global diversity and multiculturalism requirement.

  • ARTS 1553 - Art Appreciation
  • ARTS 1613 - Survey of Art Caves to Cathedrals
  • ARTS 1623 - Survey of Art 1800 to Present
  • ENGL 1723 - Introduction to Film Study

Social and Behavioral Science General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

  • * PSYC 1813 - Introduction to Psychology
  • * PLSC 1513 - American Government
  • * HIST 2513 - History of the United States to 1877 or *HIST 2523 - History of the United States from 1877 to present

Electives
Credit hours: 3

CHOOSE three (3) credit hours of coursework from any transfer-level elective area. Recommended courses are LRCS 1512 - Library and Information Literacy and/or SPAN 1514 - Elementary Spanish I.

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION – 61

*Course has prerequisite

Special Education A.A.T. — Suggested course sequence

Fall semester
* ENGL 1613 3 cr. hrs.
* PSYC 1813 3 cr. hrs.
EDUC 1713 3 cr. hrs.
* HUMS 1513 3 cr. hrs.
* MATH 1613 3 cr. hrs.

Spring semester
* ENGL 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* SPCH 1553 3 cr. hrs.
* MATH 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* EDUC 1833 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory science course 4 cr. hrs.

Fall semester
* EDUC 2613 3 cr. hrs.
* HIST 2513 or HIST 2523 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities elective 3 cr. hrs.
* PSYC 2553 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory science course 4 cr. hrs.

Spring semester
* Education elective 3 cr. hrs.
EDUC 1763 3 cr. hrs.
* Elective 3 cr. hrs.
* PLSC 1513 3 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 2613 or *ENGL 2623 3 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Students must be certified by the state of Illinois that they have passed the Illinois Basic Skills test to earn the AAT degree.

Go to Illinois Licensure Testing System for information about test sites, registration and study guides.

Upon enrollment at KCC, students choosing this major must indicate it on the Admissions Form. An advisor will meet with each student during the enrollment process, and the coordinator of education will oversee each student’s educational advancement and portfolio.

A completed background check and all relevant transcripts must be on file prior to official admission into the program. Students must have completed all required remedial course work before being admitted to the AAT in Special Education. A completed health form also may be requested. Students who complete a clinical observation may be asked to sign a mandated reporter form.