Special Education A.S.
Every child deserves a champion.
Enter the field of special education, working with students who have special needs. The Special Education Associate of Science (AS) degree is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway designed for your plan to become a licensed teacher of children with special needs in grades pre-k through twelve.
Your degree of choice
Guarantee your successful transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree at a Tennessee public university with the help of Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs). Complete all the courses exactly as listed on the Special Education AS TTP degree at Nashville State, and all courses are guaranteed to count toward the university major in special education.
The prescribed curriculum for the Special Education AS degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hour transfer. Talk to an advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit www.tntransferpathway.org for more TTP information. View TTP video
Prepare for the teaching profession.
Transfer to any Tennessee public four-year university with the Special Education AS degree and meet the requirements for the first two years of the bachelor's degree required for certification to teach children with special needs in grades pre-k through twelve.
To guarantee transfer, the course requirements of the Special Education AS degree should be followed explicitly when making course selections each semester. Consult your advisor frequently to insure completion of all requirements for this degree. Failure to do so could result in a loss of credits in the transfer process.
Education Professional Portfolio
All education majors must develop a professional portfolio—a collection of work products (such as written papers and videos of teaching) from the course of a teacher-preparation program. The professional portfolio will be begun in EDUC 2010 - Introduction to Teaching. Professional Portfolio Instructions
To get a job in education, you must undergo a criminal history and abuse registry background check. This is required by the state and initiated by the employer.
Tennessee Professional Education Standards
All prospective teachers must complete coursework in professional education. Nashville State offers three of the courses that are in the professional education core:
- EDUC 2010 - Introduction to Teaching
- EDUC 2110 - Educational Psychology
- EDUC 2120 - Intro to Special Education
More Education Programs
Build your qualifications.
Start your teaching certification at Nashville State with the two-year associate degree below that best suits your area of interest. Students in these programs may transfer to a four-year degree to become a certified, licensed public or private school teacher.
- K-5 Elementary Education Associate of Science in Teaching
- Early Childhood Education Pre-K–3 Associate of Science in Teaching
- Middle Grades Education Associate of Science
- Secondary Education Associate of Science
Build your credentials.
Prepare for employment in early childhood caregiver and education settings. The NSCC Early Childhood Education program is designed to build your qualifications one credential at a time with CDA Prep Courses, a Technical Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.
Connect for success.
Get involved with professional resources to further your grasp on current issues in education.
Student Tennessee Education Association
STEA offers opportunities to be a part of the National Education Association, the largest professional teacher organization in the United States. Participate and meet other prospective teachers, subscribe to professional journals, and keep informed on today's foremost topics in education. Student Tennessee Education Association
Tennessee Public Universities
- Austin Peay State University School of Education
- East Tennessee State University College of Education
- Middle Tennessee State University College of Education
- Tennessee State University College of Education
- Tennessee Tech University College of Education
- University of Memphis College of Education
Professional organizations for educators
All students should talk to an advisor regarding course selection, class registration, and career pathways.
Christina Shaffer, Program Office, D-20
Melissa Fleck, Program Faculty
Jennifer Goncalves, Program Faculty
Kelley McLauchlan, Program Faculty
Division Office, D-16
Julie Williams, Division Dean