Special Education

Are you interested in helping students with disabilities?

A certificate or degree in special education prepares students for a rewarding career working with children and adults who have special needs. Students will learn about disabilities, gain a historical perspective on how the laws have changed over the years, learn teaching strategies for the special education paraprofessional, study psychology and child development, and gain practical occupational work experience. 

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Career Opportunities

The special education program will prepare you for work in a variety of occupations and career paths, including:

  • K-12 special education teachers
  • Residential care workers

About degrees and certificates

A certificate readily prepares you to enter a particular field or career. It can also give you new skills for advancement in the workplace.

Associate Degrees:
An associate degree requires a broader education for career options in a range of industries. It's a great step towards earning a bachelor degree at a four-year school or entering the workforce sooner.

Associate Degrees for Transfer:
A transfer degree is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. Earning one can guarantee admission to California State Universities, some private and online universities, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). ADTs, along with a transfer agreement guarantee (TAG) with the University of California system can help you achieve your goals for less. Learn about transfer services.