Education/Special Education Concentration (ESPE) – Community College of Rhode Island

Education/Special Education Concentration (ESPE)

Associate in Arts Degree in Education (AA_EDUC)

Students training in the education and special needs concentrations are qualified for employment in a variety of education and social service settings. These may include teacher assistant positions in kindergarten, public and special education classrooms, early intervention centers, residential group homes, hospitals and community day programs. In all of these settings, teacher assistants and aides provide direct support to children and adults, helping them to reach their maximum physical, emotional, educational and vocational potential. Three internships provide students with critical opportunities for supervised guidance as to best practices for working with able-bodied, as well as special needs, individuals and groups.

Note: Students enrolled in the Human Services program must earn a grade of C or better in all Human Services courses. Many courses require prerequisites, corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE

General Education Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
ENGL 1010 Composition I Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
ARTS, MUSC, THEA
OR Language Elective
Fine Arts
OR Language course
Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
ENGL Literature Elective Children’s Literature (recommended) Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
MATH MATH 0101 for proficiency
OR MATH Elective (recommended for transfer)
For Science Elective only – courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. Selection of math and science courses for transfer should be done in consultation with a Human Services faculty adviser during the first semester of study. 3
PSYC 2010 General Psychology Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 4
PSYC2030
OR PSYC2110
Developmental Psychology
OR Abnormal Psychology
Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
PSYC 2070 Educational Psychology Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. A higher-level educational psychology course may be required by some teacher preparation bachelor’s degree programs; therefore, students transferring to Rhode Island College are advised to meet with an adviser at RIC. 3
Science Elective   3 or 4 credits. A lab science is recommended for transfer. See this page for a complete list of classes that fulfill the LABS attribute.
For Science Elective only – courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. Selection of math and science courses for transfer should be done in consultation with a Human Services faculty adviser during the first semester of study.
3
SOCS 1010 General Sociology   3

Total General Education Requirements Credits 28

Major Requirements
COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS
HMNS 1010 Introduction to Helping and Human Services Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2060 Foundations of Teaching and Learning Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. See list of approved electives here. Consult with Human Services faculty adviser. Special Education students should take HMNS 2070 first. Education students should take HMNS 2060 first. HMNS 2710 is necessary for successful transfer of HMNS 2060 to Rhode Island College. HMNS 2080 is necessary for successful transfer of HMNS 2070 to Rhode Island College. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed to graduate; students selecting MATH 0600 for proficiency/in-house credits will need three credits from human services electives. 3
HMNS 2070 Characteristics and Needs of Special Populations Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. See list of approved electives here. Consult with Human Services faculty adviser. Special Education students should take HMNS 2070 first. Education students should take HMNS 2060 first. HMNS 2710 is necessary for successful transfer of HMNS 2060 to Rhode Island College. HMNS 2080 is necessary for successful transfer of HMNS 2070 to Rhode Island College. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed to graduate; students selecting MATH 0600 for proficiency/in-house credits will need three credits from human services electives. 3
HMNS 1220 Field Experience and Seminar I - Education/Special Needs Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2100 Child Growth and Development Skills Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2320 Field Experience Seminar II-Education/Special Needs Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS2170
OR HMNS2180
Learning Disabilities
OR Significant Developmental Disabilities
Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2420 Field Experience Seminar III-Education/Special Needs Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
HMNS 2900 Human Services Capstone Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. 3
Electives Select six to nine credits from approved elective course list below. Courses/requirements that may not be substituted or waived. See list of approved electives here. Consult with Human Services faculty adviser. Special Education students should take HMNS 2070 first. Education students should take HMNS 2060 first. HMNS 2710 is necessary for successful transfer of HMNS 2060 to Rhode Island College. HMNS 2080 is necessary for successful transfer of HMNS 2070 to Rhode Island College. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed to graduate; students selecting MATH 0600 for proficiency/in-house credits will need three credits from human services electives. 6

Total Major Requirements Credits 33

Total Program Credits 61-65

Approved elective course list

  • COMI1100
  • COMM1100
  • ENGL2200
  • HMNS1040, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1150, 1160, 2080, 2120, 2140, 2150, 2170, 2180, 2710
  • HIST1010, 1020, 2260
  • MUSC1170
  • PHIL1010, 2030, 2040
  • PSYC1030, 1970, 2030, 2050, 2090, 2110
  • THEA1150

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Last Updated: 4/9/19