Associate of General Studies Special Needs Educational Assistant

About this degree

Grad CapThe NPC Associate of General Studies Special Needs Educational Assistant degree offers a distinct and innovative degree alternative. This degree is designed for those who wish to enhance their personal development with the equivalent of two years of post-high school education and may be planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

The AGS Special Needs Educational Assistant degree enables a student to pursue this special occupational field that has both lower division and upper division options. Additionally, this special AGS degree meets specific work-related mandates in the field while fulfilling many of the general education requirements that will transfer to a four-year college or university. In some cases, depending on the college or university, the degree may fully transfer. (Consult an NPC academic adviser for details.)


NPC Requirements

  • The Associate of General Studies (AGS) Special Needs Educational Assistant degree requires 64 hours of course credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must complete 31 general education credits.
  • Some courses have placement requirements or prerequisites that may result in coursework beyond the 64 credits. For information about prerequisites, see an NPC academic adviser.
  • Students must meet with an NPC academic adviser to select a program of courses that will best meet the student’s goals.
  • Students with an associate or higher degree will not be considered for this program.
  • In most general education courses, special emphasis is placed on developing written communication skills with intensive writing requirements. Race and ethnic issue awareness is embedded throughout the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • 64 credits

  • General Education Requirements • 31

    Credits

All Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees require completion of 31 general education course credits from the following:.

English • 6 credits

  • ENL 101 College Composition I • 3 credits

Plus one of the following:

  • ENL 102 College Composition II • 3 credits
  • ENL 109 Technical Writing • 3 credits


Mathematics • 3 credits

Select one of the following, or a higher mathematics course for which MAT 112 is a prerequisite.

  • MAT 105 Mathematics for General Educations • 3 credits
  • MAT 112 Algebra II: Intermediate • 3 credits


Arts and Humanities • 6 credits

Select two courses from at least two disciplines:

  • ART 101 Understanding Art • 3 credits
  • ART 115 Art History I • 3 credits
  • ART 116 Art History II • 3 credits
  • ART 215 Native American Art • 3 credits
  • ENL 220 World Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 221 World Literature II • 3 credits
  • ENL 224 English Literature I • 3 credits
  • ENL 225 English Literature II • 3 credits
  • ENL 230 American Literatur I • 3 credits
  • ENL 231 American Literature II • 3 credits
  • HUM 150 Humanities in the Western World I • 3 credits
  • HUM 151 Humanities in the Western World II • 3 credits
  • MUS 150 Music Appreciation • 3 credits
  • MUS 250 World Music • 3 credits
  • PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy • 3 credits
  • PHL 105 Introduction to Ethics • 3 credits
  • SPT 130 Introduction to Theatre • 3 credits
  • SPT 150 Introduction to Film • 3 credits
  • SPT 155 History of Television • 3 credits


Physical and Biological Sciences • 4 credits

 

  • BIO 100 Biology Concepts • 4 credits
  • BIO 105 Environmental Biology • 4 credits
  • BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 181 General Biology I • 4 credits
  • BIO 182 General Biology II • 4 credits
  • CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry • 4 credits
  • CHM 151 General Chemistry I • 4 credits
  • CHM 152 General Chemistry II • 4 credits
  • GEO 111 Physical Geography • 4 credits
  • GLG 101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical • 4 credits
  • GLG 102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical • 4 credits
  • PHY 113 General Physics I • 4 credits
  • PHY 114 General Physics II • 4 credits


Social and Behavioral Sciences • 6 credits

Select two courses from at least two disciplines. Courses marked with an asterisk (*)  meet requirements for Contemporary Global, International or Historical Awareness.

  • *ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology • 3 credits
  • ANT 120 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes • 3 credits
  • BUS 140 Principles of Economics - Macro • 3 credits
  • BUS 141 Principles of Economics - Micro • 3 credits
  • *GEO 110 World Regional Geography • 3 credits
  • GEO 120 Human Geography • 3 credits
  • *HIS 105 U.S. History to 1877 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 106 U.S. History since 1877 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 155 Western Civilization to 1700 • 3 credits
  • *HIS 156 Western Civilization since 1700 • 3 credits
  • POS 110 American Government • 3 credits
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology • 3 credits
  • PSY 200 Psychology of Adjustment • 3 credits
  • PSY 240 Developmental Psychology • 3 credits
  • SOC 120 General Sociology • 3 credits
  • SOC 121 Social Problems in America • 3 credits
  • SOC 130 Racial, Ethnic & Gender Relations in
    Modern Society • 3 credits
  • SOC 225 Sociology of the Family • 3 credits


Additional Discipline Studies • 6 credits

Select a minimum of six (6) additional credits from the Discipline Studies courses, or  from these courses.

Foreign Language

  • FRE 101 Elementary French I • 4 credits
  • FRE 102 Elementary French II • 4 credits
  • GER 101 Elementary German I • 4 credits
  • GER 102 Elementary German II • 4 credits
  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I • 4 credits
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II • 4 credits

Computer Science

  • CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology • 3 credit

Verbal Communications

  • SPT 120 Public Speaking • 3 credits 

■ Core Requirements • 21 credits
  • ECD 136 Understanding How Children Learn • 1 credits
  • ECD 222 Young Children with Special Needs • 3 credits
  • ECD 200 Introduction to Early Childhood Education • 3 credits
  • EDU 200 Introduction to Education • 3 credits
  • ECD 250 Child Development I • 3 credits
  • EDU 198 Internship (Occupational/Physical Therapy) • 1 credits
  • EDU 198 Internship (Speech Therapy) • 1 credits
  • EDU 202 Occupational/Physical Therapy Educational
        Assistant • 3 credits
  • EDU 203 Speech Therapy Educational Assistant • 3 credits
  • LAN 160 Beginning American Sign Language • 3 credits

Electives

Electives: 

Required • 12 credits

  • Select 12 unduplicated credits, 100 level or higher, from ECD / EDU / EMT / LAN / SPA courses as electives.

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