BS in Special Education: 2017–2018 Program Requirements

The BS in Special Education is a limited-enrollment program requiring department admissions approval. It is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education (USOE) licensing requirements. For more information regarding program requirements, please contact the Education Advisement Center (350 MCKB). 

The following table displays the classes students will take prior to applying for the Special Education undergraduate program and the order in which they will complete their courses once they have been admitted to the program. The table does not include General Education courses (GEs) and other requirements. (Please note that CPSE 480 is a core program requirement and fulfills the Global & Cultural Awareness GE.) For students beginning the program after August 1, 2014, grades below C in any required coursework will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a total GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program and to qualify for student teaching or an internship. 

The final semester in the program will consist of student teaching or an internship. An internship continues through the entire school year, and interns are scheduled to graduate in June. Internship clearance will be reevaluated at the conclusion of CPSE 466R/467R to verify candidates show sufficient competency to fulfill an internship. Passing CPSE 466R/467R does not guarantee internship clearance. Those candidates who pass CPSE 466R/467R but do not receive internship clearance will be reassigned to student teaching. 

Starting with the 2017–2018 academic year, the TESOL and ASL requirements will be discontinued for the Special Education major. However, future students will still have the option of completing the TESOL minor or ASL classes if they want to. (Please note that TESOL and ASL courses do not appear on the table.) Students should contact ESS for more information. All current cohorts must complete the TESOL and ASL requirements.  

Mild/Moderate Disabilities (63 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite: CPSE 403, CPSE 425, MthED 305

Severe Disabilities (66 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite: CPSE 403, CPSE 425, MthED 305, PETE 461

Sophomore Fall Semester
CPSE 403 (3) Introduction to Special Education

Sophomore Winter Semester
CPSE 425 (3) Foundations in Language Arts Instruction for Students with Disabilities
MthEd 305 (3) Basic Concepts of Mathematics

To enter the professional sequence, apply by February 5

ADMITTED INTO PROGRAM
Junior Fall Semester (13 hrs)
CPSE 410 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis in Education
CPSE 420 (3) Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Exceptional Needs
CPSE 452 (3) Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
*CPSE 480 (3) Educational and Multicultural Issues in Special Education
IP&T 371 (1) Integrating K–12 Educational Technology 1

*This class fulfills both university core and program requirements

Apply for student teaching or internship by February 15 

Junior Winter Semester (13 hrs)
CPSE 430 (3) Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Students with Disabilities
CPSE 440 (2) Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Students with Disabilities
CPSE 442 (3) Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
CPSE 446R (1) Practicum in Secondary Education: Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
CPSE 460 (3) Collaborating with School and Family
IP&T 372 (1) Integrating K–12 Educational Technology 2

Junior Spring Term (6 hrs)
CPSE 462 (3) Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities
CPSE 466R (2) Practicum in Secondary Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

IP&T 373 (1) Teaching K–12 Online and Blended Learning Contexts

Junior Summer Term (9 hrs)
CPSE 466R (6) Practicum: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
CPSE 470 (3) Legal Issues Influencing Collaboration in Special Education

Senior Year: Student Teaching/Internship (13 hrs)
CPSE 486R (12) Student Teaching: Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

or CPSE 496R (12) Academic Internship: Special Education
CPSE 490 (1) Capstone Seminar: Students with Disabilities

Sophomore Fall Semester

CPSE 403 (3) Introduction to Special Education

Sophomore Winter Semester
CPSE 425 (3) Foundations in Language Arts Instruction for Students with Disabilities
MthEd 305 (3) Basic Concepts of Mathematics
PETE 461 (3) Adapted and Multicultural Physical Education for Teaching Majors

To enter the professional sequence, apply by February 5

ADMITTED INTO PROGRAM
Junior Fall Semester (15 hrs)
CPSE 410 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis in Education
CPSE 420 (3) Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Exceptional Needs
CPSE 453 (3) Curriculum and Instruction: Severe Disabilities
*CPSE 480 (3) Educational and Multicultural Issues in Special Education
IP&T 371 (1) Integrating K–12 Educational Technology 1 

*This class fulfills both university core and program requirements

Apply for student teaching or internship by February 15

Junior Winter Semester (16 hrs)
CPSE 430 (3) Teaching Reading/ Language Arts to Students with Disabilities
CPSE 440 (2) Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Students with Disabilities
CPSE 443 (3) Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities
CPSE 447R (1) Practicum in Secondary Education: Students with Severe Disabilities
CPSE 460 (3) Collaborating with School and Family
IP&T 372 (1) Integrating K–12 Educational Technology 2

Junior Spring Term (6 hrs)
CPSE 463 (3) Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
CPSE 467R (2) Practicum in Secondary Education: Severe Disabilities

IP&T 373 (1) Teaching K–12 Online and Blended Learning Contexts

Junior Summer Term (9 hrs)
CPSE 467R (6) Practicum: Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
CPSE 470 (3) Legal Issues Influencing Collaboration in Special Education

Senior Year: Student Teaching/Internship (13 hrs)
CPSE 487R (12) Student Teaching: Students with Severe Disabilities
or CPSE 496R (12) Academic Internship: Special Education

CPSE 490 (1) Capstone Seminar: Students with Disabilities