Special Education Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program
We are not currently accepting applications to the Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program.
Nature of the Program
The Special Education Licensure Program is for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and are seeking a license to teach special education. This program, offered by the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education through the Division of Continuing Education, is designed to assist school districts in Utah in certifying and/or endorsing special education teachers. Students enrolled in the program are required to complete coursework for licensure, as determined by the special education faculty and approved by the Utah State Office of Education. Students who are admitted to the post-baccalaureate program are admitted only to a licensure program and not to the university.
Coursework is completed on the BYU campus and within participating local school districts. Successful completion of the program leads to professional licensure in Special Education.
Focus of the Program
The program focuses on preparing competent and moral educators who understand and respond to the needs of diverse students with disabilities and their families, with an emphasis on problem solving in collaborative relationships with education professionals and paraprofessionals.
The curriculum is both theory and practice based. Special education courses in this program emphasize ways to assess students, plan instruction using appropriate curriculum, use appropriate behavior management strategies, and engage in collaborative problem solving with school and family systems. Knowledge is gained and skills developed via coursework and practical experiences. The program is rounded out with elective courses that meet the individual interests of each student. One of two tracks can be chosen as a student's area of emphasis: mild/moderate disabilities or severe disabilities.
For more information on this program and examples of syllabi, follow this link to: Learning Outcomes.
Currently there is an urgent need for special education teachers who have skills in working with students who are learning English as a second language and students who are ethnically diverse. For more information, follow this link to TELL Endorsement.
Please direct any advisement questions to the McKay School of Education Student Services Office in room 120 MCKB. Advisors Karen Oates (801) 422-9199 and Solana Cooper (801) 422-4855 can assist you with scheduling concerns.
The CPSE Department is interested in assisting student financially with their education. The Finanacial Support section in the Policies and Procedures Handbook provides several options for students seeking to apply for financial assistance. For more information, follow this link to the Financial Support section of the Special Education Policies and Procedures Handbook.
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