BS in Special Education: 2021-2022 Program Requirements - draft

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 (EAC, 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. (Prerequisites can be taken as early as Freshman year.) The table does not include General Education courses (GEs) and other requirements. (Please note that CPSE 480 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 446/447 to verify candidates show sufficient competency to fulfill an internship. Passing CPSE 446/447 does not guarantee internship clearance. Those candidates who pass CPSE 446/447 but do not receive internship clearance will be referred to student teaching.

Starting with the 2017–2018 academic year, the TESOL and ASL requirements were discontinued for the Special Education major. However, current students still have the option of completing the TESOL minor or ASL classes if they would like. (Please note that TESOL and ASL courses do not appear on the table.) Students should contact EAC for more information.

Mild/Moderate Disabilities (63 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite: CPSE 203, CPSE 410, CPSE 480, MthED 305, MthEd 306

Severe Disabilities (63 Credit Hours)

Prerequisite: CPSE 203, CPSE 410, CPSE 480, MthED 305, MthEd 306

Suggested schedule:

Sophomore Fall Semester (8)
CPSE 203 (3) Introduction to Special Education

CPSE 410 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis in Education

MthEd 305 (2) Basic Concepts of Mathematics

Sophomore Winter Semester (5)
*CPSE 480 (3) Educational and Multicultural Issues in Special Education

MthEd 306 (2)

*This class fulfills both university core and program requirements

To enter the professional sequence, apply by February 5

ADMITTED INTO PROGRAM
Junior Fall Semester (15 hrs)
CPSE 420 (3) Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Exceptional Needs
CPSE 425 (3) Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Elementary Students with Disabilities CPSE 442 (3) Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

CPSE 452 (3) Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
CPSE 466 (3) Mentored Field Experience: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities - Elementary

Apply for student teaching or internship by January 15

Junior Winter Semester (18 hrs)
CPSE 430 (3) Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Secondary Students with Disabilities
CPSE 440 (3) Transition Planning and Implementation for Secondary Students with Disabilities
CPSE 446 (3) Mentored Field Experience: Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities - Secondary
CPSE 460 (3) Collaborating with School and Family
CPSE 462 (3) Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities

CPSE 463 (3) Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

Junior Spring Term (4 hrs)
CPSE 470 (3) Legal Issues Influencing Collaboration in Special Education

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

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

Suggested schedule:

Sophomore Fall Semester (8)
CPSE 203 (3) Introduction to Special Education

CPSE 410 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis in Education

MthEd 305 (2) Basic Concepts of Mathematics

Sophomore Winter Semester (5)
*CPSE 480 (3) Educational and Multicultural Issues in Special Education

MthEd 306 (2)

*This class fulfills both university core and program requirements

To enter the professional sequence, apply by February 5

ADMITTED INTO PROGRAM
Junior Fall Semester (15 hrs)
CPSE 420 (3) Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Exceptional Needs
CPSE 425 (3) Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Elementary Students with Disabilities CPSE 443 (3) Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities

CPSE 453 (3) Curriculum and Instruction: Severe Disabilities
CPSE 467 (3) Mentored Field Experience: Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities - Elementary

Apply for student teaching or internship by January 15

Junior Winter Semester (18 hrs)
CPSE 430 (3) Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Secondary Students with Disabilities
CPSE 440 (3) Transition Planning and Implementation for Secondary Students with Disabilities
CPSE 447 (3) Mentored Field Experience: Students with Severe Disabilities - Secondary
CPSE 460 (3) Collaborating with School and Family

CPSE 462 (3) Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities
CPSE 463 (3) Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

Junior Spring Term (4 hrs)
CPSE 470 (3) Legal Issues Influencing Collaboration in Special Education

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

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