If you would like to get involved with volunteer opportunities serving struggling students in Northern Utah, please consider the following options:
- TOPS through YServe (http://education.byu.edu/cpse/bs/faq-prospective.html “be more involved”)
- Best Buddies (https://yserve.byu.edu/programs/best-buddies)
- Gym Kids (Adaptive Aquatics) (https://yserve.byu.edu/programs/gym-kids-adaptive-aquatics)
- Kids Respite Care (https://yserve.byu.edu/programs/kids-respite-care) (Friday’s Kids Respite) (http://www.fridayskids.org/wordpress/)
- Student Council for Exceptional Children (https://clubs.byu.edu/clubs#/byu-scec)
- Volunteer experience within BYU-Public School Partnership school districts (Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo, Wasatch)
- Other disability-related service organizations
A summer practicum experience is required for all students in the special education program. Summer practicum involves the following experiences:
- Prior to student teaching, students will complete a practicum experience during the spring and summer terms.
- Practicum prep - is a spring course where students work with faculty to prepare a six-week intensive experience with students who have disabilities. Students develop schedules, learn teaching procedures, and develop evaluation strategies to examine the quality of supports provided to their students.
- The actual summer practicum experience fully immerses students in a teaching experience with the members of their cohort, university supervisors, and mentor teachers. Conducted at a local school, students get a full experience with students prior to their student teaching or internship experience.
Student teaching (12 credits)
- Student teachers are required to teach full days for one semester and log hours
- Applications are due by February 15. A $25 late fee will be assessed if that is missed.
- Must be at school at least one half hour before school starts and one half hour after school ends, or during the district contract hours, whichever is greater
- Allowed to miss up to 21 hours (3 days) but must still notify the cooperating teacher and university supervisor
- Student teachers must make up time missed
- If absent, student teacher is required to provide the cooperating teacher with lesson plans and necessary materials for instructing pupils
- Student teachers who desire exceptions to this policy must submit requests in writing to the BYU special education faculty, and the faculty must come to a joint agreement in order for the exception to be granted
Interns (12 credits)
- 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.
- Interns begin on the first day of the district calendar and follow the calendar for the entire school year
- Required to teach full days for the contracted school year
- Expected to follow the district attendance policies as outlined in your contract. Failure to do so will result in not passing CPSE 496R and not being recommended for licensure.
- Fieldwork and practica for Special Education Mild/Moderate Disabilities emphasis
- Fieldwork and practica for Special Education Severe Disabilities emphasis
If you have additional questions about the Special Education program, please contact:
Barbara Smith, MEd, Student Teaching and Internship Coordinator
Special Education Program
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602