2019-2020 Catalog 
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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education A.S.T. Degree

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Tennessee Transfer Pathways TBR Community Colleges to Tennessee Public Universities
Community College Area of Emphasis: Special Education A.S.T. Degree

Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) Special Education Curriculum

The Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) Degree is designed as a transfer degree for students who wish to pursue a career in Special Education teaching children in public and private schools. The graduate with an A.S.T. degree will have completed the first two years of a four-year degree that is required for teacher certification in special education in Tennessee. A student who completes all the courses listed in this Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an A.S.T. in Special Education at NSCC. A student with an A.S.T. is prepared to interview and be accepted into the university’s teacher education program. It is important to contact your selected transfer university as early as possible.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Transfer to a four-year university to earn a degree in special education; and
  • Meet requirements for admission into teacher education programs for special education licensure.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet regular degree-seeking admission requirements for the Associate of Science in Teaching degree.

Graduation Requirements

To earn the A.S.T. degree, the student must:

  • Successfully complete the required course of study as outlined in the catalog;
  • Attain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average;
  • Successfully complete the CORE Exam or have a 21 on the ACT or 1020 on the SAT (upon first-time admittance to college); and
  • Receive satisfactory ratings on an index of suitability for the teaching profession.


Students should consult frequently with their advisors to insure completion of all requirements for this degree. Failure to do so could result in a loss of credits in the transfer process.

General Education Requirements

Communication - 9 Credits

Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6 Credits

Natural Sciences - 8 Credits

Mathematics - 3 Credits

General Education Total - 41 Credits

Humanities and/or Fine Arts - 9 Credits

Area of Emphasis Total - 19 Credits

Required: NSCC 1010 - First Year Experience 1 Credit

Total - 61 Credits


Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

* This course is part of the general education core.

** Replace with non-US history sequence if intending to transfer to UT Knoxville

*** Replace with Intermediate Foreign Language course if intending to transfer to UT Knoxville

**** Replace with Intermediate Foreign Language course if intending to transfer to UT Knoxville

MTSU requires a 22 on the ACT.

These courses are to prepare candidates for SE Interventionist K-8 and SPED Comprehensive K-12 licensure programs. Students transferring to a UT or a state 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.

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