Associate of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (AAT SPED) 


Transfer Degree Requirements Associate of Arts in Teaching Special Education (A.A.T. SP.ED.) Degree

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Department offers various education courses so that students can begin their program of study to become a teacher, but it offers an Associate of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (AAT SPED) degree for those students who want to transfer into a special education teacher program at a four-year college or university. The AAT SPED degree transfers as a package, but students should work with the education advisors to make sure that their program of study fits with the requirements of the transfer institution.

Students are admitted into the AAT SPED in both fall and spring semesters and can begin their coursework in education before applying to the program as long as they meet necessary prerequisites. The following is the admission procedure for the AAT SPED degree.

  1. All students must meet the following prerequisites prior to application:
    • Complete the online admissions application for JJC. PDF and paper versions are also available.
    • Send a copy of high school or GED transcripts to the JJC Admissions Office, Room J-1005.
    • Take the COMPASS placement test.
    • If indicated as necessary by the placement exam, a candidate must complete all required developmental courses with a "C" or better.
    • Attend a special AAT orientation session online. At this orientation session, the candidate will be assigned an education advisor through the JJC Counseling Department or by the education advisors.
  2. Each semester, all AAT SPED candidates are required to receive academic advising/counseling from a JJC counselor and/or advisor. At-risk students are identified and monitored so that tutoring and other support systems can be made available if required. Records of student field experiences and service experiences are documented and maintained through electronic portfolios, which the student will use to demonstrate achieved learning and skills when they transfer.
  3. To facilitate transfer into competitive teacher education programs, students will be required to achieve a GPA of 2.5 or higher to graduate with an AAT SPED. Because some baccalaureate degree teacher education programs require a GPA higher than 2.5, candidates will be advised to determine the GPA required by their chosen transfer institution.
  4. A fingerprint background check is required of all teacher education candidates prior to beginning their field experiences. All applicants must be eighteen years of age or older to be fingerprinted. During orientation, students will be informed of the process and provided with the required forms. No observers may be allowed in a K-12 school or other regulated setting unless they have passed a background check. For additional information or forms, candidates should contact an education advisor.
  5. Candidates must successfully pass the Illinois Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to be granted an AAT SPED degree. Candidates will be advised to take the ITBS after completing their English and math courses, ideally before the end of a successful third semester. ITBS registration bulletins and reference materials are available on the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department bulletin board, J Building, fourth floor. Materials with online resources, workshops, and remedial assistance are available to all teacher education candidates.
  1. Communication:  9 credit hours
    • ENG 101*, 102*
    • SPCH 101
      *A grade of “C” or better is required.
  2. Social/Behavioral Sciences: 9 credit hours
    (At least two areas required)
    • ANTH 101, 275
    • ECON 103, 104
    • GEOG 102, 104, 106
    • HIST 103, 104, 107, 108, 260, 290
    • PSCI 101 , 102, 103
    • PSYC 101 , 208, 210, 215, 250
    • SOC 101, 220, 270, 280, 290
  3. Humanities/Fine Arts:  9 credit hours
    (one course required in humanities, one course in fine arts, and one additional course from either area)
    • Humanities:
      • ENG 103, 104, 105, 106, 208, 209, 220, 250, 260, 270
      • FRCH 104
      • HIST 105, 106
      • PHIL 101, 102, 103, 104
      • SOC 240
      • SPAN 104
    • Fine Arts:
      • ART 109, 115, 116, 117
      • ENG 190
      • MUS 101, 102, 103, 107
      • THEA 101
  4. Physical/Life Sciences: 7 credit hours (one course from physical sciences and one course from life sciences with at least one being a lab course)
    • Life Sciences:
      • BIO 104, 105, 106, 107, 125, 144, 151
    • Physical Sciences:
      • ASTR 101
      • CHEM 100, 101, 104
      • GEOG 111, 112
      • GEOL 101
      • PHSCI 125
      • PHYS 100, 101, 201
  5. Mathematics: 3 credit hours
    • MATH 124
  6. Professional Education Major Courses: 19 credit hours
    (Select from this list.)
    • EDUC 103, 104, 115, 120, 240
    • PSYC 102, 210
  7. Additional Requirements for A. A. T. SP.ED. degree: 8 credit hours

Total Minimum Degree Requirement: 64 credit hours

Completion of categories I-V satisfies the minimum general education requirements for all four-year institutions participating in the Illinois Articulation Initiative.

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