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Special Education

A degree in Special Education enables the holder to teach students with special needs in the area(s) for which the teacher is qualified:

  • cross categorical which can include learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, mild or moderate intellectual disabilities, autism
  • sensory impairments (hearing and vision)
  • low incidence disabilities (severe, profound, multiple disabilities; other health impairments; physical impairments; traumatic brain injury)
  • early childhood special education

Why Special Education @EMCC?

EMCC offers courses for students to complete both degree programs.   Education courses, and particularly Introduction to the Exceptional Learner (EDU222), provide a strong foundation for a career in teaching and include field experiences and practicums to give students real-world classroom experiences.

Career and Employment Outlook: 

Special Education teaching certification is valid for grades K-12.  Therefore, students can choose to pursue an Associate in Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) Degree if they are more interested in teaching grades 1-8, or students can choose to pursue an Associate in Arts (AA) Degree if they are more interested in teaching grades 7-12.  These degrees transfer as a block to any of Arizona’s state universities as well as private institutions.

Transfer Options:

Maricopa Degree Options
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Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE) Bachelor of Arts in Education
Associate in Arts (AA) Bachelor of Arts in Education
Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program
This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.