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A practicum experience is required for all students in the special education program. Practicum involves the following experiences:

  • Prior to student teaching, students will complete a practicum experience during their first academic year in the program.
  • Students develop schedules, learn teaching procedures, and develop evaluation strategies to examine the quality of supports provided to their students.
  • 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 teaching experience prior to their student teaching or internship experience.

Student Teaching

Student teaching (12 credits)

  • Student teachers are required to teach full days for one semester and log hours.
  • Applications for 2021-22 are due by January 22. A $25 late fee will be assessed if that is missed. Application info and links provided by the Education Advisement Center.
  • 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 longer.
  • Allowed to miss up to 3 days for illness/emergency, 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)

  • Applications are due by January 15. A $25 late fee will be assessed if that is missed. Application info and links provided by the Education Advisement Center.
  • Internship clearance will be reevaluated at the conclusion of CPSE 466R/467R to verify that 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 their 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.



  • Available forms

Field Experience

  • 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
340-R MCKB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-8396