The Associate of Arts in Education, Human Development and Special Needs offers lower division coursework that provides an introduction to issues, policies, and practices of education, with an emphasis on special education. Students will build a foundation appropriate for entry into advanced study in education, including educational research, educational advocacy, public policy, and/or teacher preparation. The students also have the opportunity to participate in supervised fieldwork in K-8 settings.

This degree is designed to facilitate students transferring to the University of California, Riverside with an Associate Degree in Education, Human Development & Special Needs. With this degree, the student will be prepared to enter into the Education, Society and Human Development BA program. In this program, students are able to follow a general plan; specialize in Community Leadership, Policy, and Social Justice; or develop their own custom program of study.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical influences, current trends, theories, and educational issues in a global context.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional standards, ethics, and professionalism in classrooms and school visits and implement established observation and visitation protocols within schools.
  • Identify laws and regulations pertaining to and protecting children with disabilities and other special needs in education and community settings.
  • Describe the process of accessing community agencies, referral systems and procedures for specialized support, specialized documents, resources and placement options. 
Required Courses Units
EDU-10 Introduction to Education Studies 3
EAR-40 Introduction to Children with Special Needs 3
EAR-43 Children with Challenging Behaviors  3
EAR-47 Childhood Stress and Trauma 3
EDU-1 Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching 4
EAR-20 Child Growth and Development 3
ENG-1A/1AH English Composition 4
ENG-1B/1BH Critical Thinking and Writing 4
MUS 89/89H Music of Multicultural America 3
HUM 16 Arts and Ideas: American Culture 3
SOC 10 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
POL 1/1H American Politics 3
GEG 1/1H Physical Geography 3
BIO 1/1H General Biology 4
HES 1 Health Science 3
COM 1/1H Public Speaking 3
Choose one of the following (3-4 units) Units
MAT 12/12H Statistics 4
PSY/SOC 48 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
MAT 26 Math for Elementary School Teachers 3
Choose one of the following (3 units) Units
HIS 1* History of World Civilizations I  3
HIS 2/2H* History of World Civilizations II 3
UC/CSU Elective Course (1-3 units) Units
  (Must have 60 transferable units for transfer)  1-3

Associate of Arts Degree
The Associate in Arts in Education, Human Development and Special Needs degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.