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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, AAAS Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide provides in-depth information about the requirements for this degree. Review this information with your advisor and develop a plan for completion. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide; when you apply for graduation, you will use this form to document the classes you have taken.
  • The Class Schedule will tell you when classes are available this quarter. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Program Description:

The Special Education AAAS degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a variety of social and educational agencies. Shoreline Community College works closely with state advisory committees to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers in the field. Students interested in pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree in Education should follow the Elementary Education Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide .

AAAS Degree (90 Credits)

Note: Students must meet with advisor to complete graduation paperwork for this program.

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Core Curriculum (25 Credits)

Note: These classes have prerequisites based upon lower level classes or placement in English and Math.

Communication Skills (5 Credits)

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

MATH& 107  or any 100 level or higher QR or Math class

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Child Advocacy Studies (5 Credits)

Choose either CAST 102 , CAST 202  or CAST 285 .

Nutrition (5 Credits)

Take NUTR& 101  or other approved science class.

Electives (8 Credits)

All classes must be 100 level or higher.  Recommended:  CAST classes leading to CAST - Child Advocacy Studies Certificate of Completion Planning Guide ;  any other EDUC or ECED courses.


CAST classes leading to CAST 15 credit certificate; any other EDUC or ECED courses.

Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Program Advisor:

Betty Peace-Gladstone
206-546-4729 bpeace-g@shoreline.edu Rm 5384
Tasleem Qaasim
206-546-4757 tqaasim@shoreline.edu Rm 5350

Program Information:

Length of Program: 90 Credits
Completion Award: A.A.A.S. Degree
Enrollment: Every Quarter
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $0
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
Website: www.shoreline.edu/education

EPC 839D

Special Education-What is it?

The Special Education program provides an overview of the social, emotional, language and intellectual development of children, along with specific strategies for encouraging healthy development, with an added emphasis on working with children with exceptional children and those with special needs. The core curriculum & internships focus on developing group activities, planning curriculum, positively guiding children, and effectively communicating with children, parents, and co-workers.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program- by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program - should be able to:

  1. Observe, document and assess the behaviors and development of young children in partnership with parents and others to positively influence the development of young children.
  2. Use a variety of approaches and strategies to provide rich experiences for young children.
  3. Plan and implement curriculum that supports emerging language and literacy, intellectual curiosity, emotional and social development and physical development of young children.
  4. Utilize knowledge of child development to guide decisions regarding interaction with and response to young children as individuals and in group settings.
  5. Respond to children and families with insight regarding cultural diversity and individual variations in development.
  6. Work positively with young children and staff in a group setting.
  7. Provide a safe and healthy learning environment for young children.
  8. Use ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  9. Work appropriately with exceptional children and those with special needs.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Degree in Special Education?

Teacher and teacher assistant positions working with children aged eight and under in licensed child care centers and homes, Head Start and State Preschools are in high demand. With this certificate, the student will have credentials for teaching assistant positions, and often lead teacher and administrator positions in licensed child care facilities Head Start/ECEAP programs and some paraeductaor positions in public schools in the State of Washington. This certificate further provides a focus on knowledge and skills related to working with exceptional children and those with special needs.

Potential employers include: Licensed Child Care Centers, child care family homes, Head Start/ECEAP, NAEYC accredited child care, public schools. For more, please visit career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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