Jan 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Special Education - A.S. (TTP)

For more information on this program, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

Teachers meet unique needs of students with learning, mental, emotional, and physical challenges.  Special education teachers work to ensure that teaching strategies are designed to meet individual needs.

Transfer Options
The Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degree is designed to create a smooth transition to all public universities offering a Baccalaureate degree in this major by guaranteeing the transferability of all courses. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note:  There are to be no course substitutions in this program. 

These courses are to prepare candidates for SE Interventionist K-8 and SPED Comprehensive K-12 licensure programs. Students transferring to a UT or TBR university may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to that university's Special Education program. Check with that university for specific program requirements. Students transferring to UT-Knoxville need to be formally admitted to the program during Semester 4.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at http://www.volstate.edu/Testing/Services.php.

Additional AST Degree Requirements:
1. Attainment of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
2. Minimum ACT cumulative score of 21 (SAT 1020) or successful completion of approved standardized examination (Praxis Core). MTSU requires a minimum ACT score of 22.
3. Submission of three Disposition Assessment Forms with satisfactory ratings on an index of suitability for the teaching profession to the Social Science & Education Division. 
Note: Students transferring to a public university in Tennessee may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to the university.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/testing.

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

Additional Lab Science: BIOL 1020, BIOL 1120, CHEM 1110, CHEM 1120 or GEOL 1040 Credits: (4) 3

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website http://www.onetonline.org or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Career Beginning Salary with Bachelor Degree Experienced Salary with Bachelor Degree
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten & Elementary $35,980 $49,230
Special Education Teachers, Middle School $39,360 $50,010
Special Education Teachers, Secondary $37,110 $50,070

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (13)

Additional lab science: BIOL 1020, BIOL 1120, CHEM 10101110, CHEM 1120 or GEOL 1040 Credits: (4)


1 Replace with non-US history sequence if intending to transfer to UT-Knoxville or UT-Chattanooga.
2 Replace MATH 1410 with Intermediate Foreign Language course if intending to transfer to UT-Knoxville.
3 Replace the additional lab science course with Intermediate Foreign Language course and one hour of adviser approved course if intending to transfer to UT-Knoxville. Students with CHEM 1010 transfer credit may use the transfer credit to satisfy the additional lab science requirement.
4 Replace with EDUC 2210: Educational Psychology to transfer to ETSU.
5 BOTH EDUC 2210: Educational Psychology AND PSYC 2130: Lifespan Development Psychology is needed to transfer to ETSU.