Special Education Major Guide


Mesa Community College

Special Education majors learn the skills to teach children and youth who have disabilities as well as those who do not. This degree program is built on foundations in elementary education (teaching of math, science, social studies, reading, etc.) followed by intensive coursework in special education. Teaching practicums and fieldwork give Special Education majors hands-on experience. Graduates are prepared to become certified special education teachers and work in elementary school settings.

Associate's Degree
An associate's degree is comprised of 60-64 community college credits. Below is information specific to your major.

  AGEC Requirement
The Arizona General Education Curriulum block for this major is the AGEC-A.

Learn more about AGEC

AGEC-A Course List
  Mesa Community College Courses
The courses listed below are recommended if you plan to transfer to a university and study Special Education.
Intro Special EducationEDU 222
Intro to Computers or Computer LiteracyCIS 105 or BPC 110
Introduction to EducationEDU 221
Math for Elementary Education Majors IMAT 256
Math for Elementary Education Majors IIMAT 257
Multicultural Awareness in EdEDU 230
United States ConstitutionHIS 103 or POS 110 or POS 113/GCU 113 or POS 227/GCU 227

  Mesa Community College Electives
The elective courses listed below may be applicable to your degree depending on which university you choose.
Cultural or World GeographyOne Course in Cultural or World Geography***
Fine Arts(Art,Mus,Drama,Dance,Theatre)One Course in Fine Arts***
Foundations of SEIEDU 220
Micro or MacroeconomicsECN 211 or ECN 212***
Natural Science/Life ScienceOne Life Science Course with Lab***
Physical ScienceOne Physical Science Course with Lab**
Political ScienceOne Course in Political Science***
Psychology or SociologyOne Course in Psychology or Sociology***

** Students must complete at least one Physical Science and one Life Science Lab course that is transferrable to the universities. These courses could be used to fulfill the Biological and Physical Sciences requirement in AGEC.
*** Courses must transfer to the universities. These courses may be applicable to the AGEC-A as well. See your community college advisor for more information.

Bachelor's Degrees & Majors

  Bachelor's Degree for Special Education
Arizona State UniversityBAESpecial Education
Northern Arizona UniversityBS in EducationSpecial and Elementary Education
University of ArizonaBS in EducationSpecial Education & Rehabilitation (Spec Ed option)
2nd Semester Proficiency

  Get help from an Academic Advisor
Be sure to meet with an Academic Advisor from Mesa Community College!