Special Education is an important and exciting career for persons interested in the education of young children and students with disabilities. Starting this fall, NCC will be offering a new AA in Special Education program designed for students who wish to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree with Pre-K-12th special education certification. Students completing the associate degree may also pursue employment as a Special Education Paraeducator.
NCC's program is grounded in a philosophy and framework that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students explore evidence-based theory and practices to understand family and disability perspectives and the importance of collaborative relationships. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) grounds students understanding of effective educational approaches via classroom observations and hands-on experiences throughout the program.Education Program Requirements
NCC's Special Education program is designed for students who wish to continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degree with Pre-K-12th special education certification. Students completing the associate degree may also pursue employment as a Special Education Paraeducator.
If you are a Northampton Community College student living outside of Pennsylvania or intending to complete an internship outside of the state in a NCC program leading to professional licensure, you should review requirements on the state board website to make sure that the program qualifies.
Licensure requirements vary from state to state and you may require additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in that state. Participating in a program from outside of Pennsylvania, if not properly authorized by that state's professional licensing board, could result in loss of licensing eligibility. If you need help or have questions, please contact the Program Director for more information.
Graduates of our program will be prepared to continue their studies and transfer to a four-year school or enter the workforce and obtain employment as a Special Education Paraeducator.
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