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As special educators, we strive to emulate the work of the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, who performed miracles for the blind, the deaf, and the poor in spirit. We combine the best of science and faith to help all students learn critical social, emotional, and academic skills.

Special Education


Fall (15 credits)

  • University Core

Winter (15 credits)

  • University Core
  • Intro. to Special Education (203)


Fall (15 credits)

  • University Core
  • Basic Concepts in Math (MTHED 305)

Winter (15 credits)

  • University Core
  • Foundations in Language Arts (425)


Fall (15 credits)

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (410)
  • Assessment and Evaluation (420)
  • Effective Teaching Strategies (425/453*)
  • Multicultural Issues (480)
  • Education Technology (IP&T 371)

Winter (15 credits)

  • Teaching Reading (430)
  • Secondary Instruction (440)
  • Behavioral Strategies (442/443*)
  • Practicum in Secondary (446/447*)
  • Collaboration (460)
  • Integrating Technology (IP&T 372)

Spring/Summer (15 credits)

  • Teaching Math (462/463*)
  • Practicum in Secondary (466R/467R*)
  • Teaching Online (IP&T 373)
  • Summer Practicum (466R/467R*)
  • Legal Issues (470)


Fall/Winter (13 credits)

  • Capstone Seminar (490)
  • Student Teaching (486R/486R*)

  • OR

  • Internship (496R)

* course numbers for the severe emphasis


Declare a Special Education Pre-Major

Complete These Courses:

  1. CPSE 203: Intro. to Special Education
  2. CPSE 425: Foundations in Language Arts
  3. MthEd 305: Basic Concepts in Math

Volunteer 20 Hours

10 hours in a mild/moderate disability setting
10 hours in a severe disability setting

Note that 12 hours can be completed during the CPSE 203 course

Choose an Emphasis:

Students applying to the Special Education program must choose one of the following

  • Serve students with learning disabilities, communication disorders, high functioning autism, and ADHD.
  • Teach remedial academic skills, targeted social behavior interventions, and self-advocacy.
  • Work in general education classrooms or resource rooms.
  • 63 credit hours required for graduation
  • Serve students with intellectual disabilities, autism, emotional/behavioral disorders, multiple disabilities, and other severe impairments.
  • Teach academics, functional life skills, social behavior, and occupational skills.
  • Work in separate classrooms with a team of school specialists with occasional opportunities to collaborate with general educators.
  • 66 credit hours required for graduation

How To Apply

Ensure all Program Prerequisites are Complete

Submit Program Application

  • Register for an account on our mYlink application system
  • Start a Special Education application
  • Complete the 15-step admissions checklist in the application
  • Submit the application before the deadline

Detailed Application Instructions

Graduation Requirements

After all requirements for the Special Education degree have been completed and diplomas are posted (about 3-4 weeks after graduation), students are recommended for licensure in the state of Utah. . The Education Advisement Center will then email students instructions to complete the licensure process with the Utah State Board of Education.

Detailed Course List



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