Mar 20, 2018
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education
Undergraduate study leads to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education with licensure to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities, severe disabilities, or early childhood (birth to age 5) special education. The degree requires a total of 120 credits. The requirements are as follows:
A. University Studies Requirements
Competency Requirements (9-13 credits), Breadth Requirements (21 credits), and Depth Education Requirements (5 courses). For more information, see General Education Requirements and University Studies Depth Requirements .
- fulfills the Social Sciences (BSS) requirement for students in the Special Education major
- or SPED 5210 will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
- fulfills the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
- Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from two of the following three categories: Humanities Creative Arts (DHA), Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) and Social Sciences (DSS)
B. Special Education Admission to Major Requirements
(admission is competitive and requires a separate application. Students are highly advised to contact a SPED advisor at least a year before applying to the SPED major)
- ENGL 1010 - Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1) 3 (grade of C+ or higher) or
ENGL ACT of 29 or higher or AP English
- FCHD 1500 - Human Development Across the Lifespan (BSS) 3 (grade of C or higher) or
PSY 1100 - Lifespan Development 3 (grade of C or higher)
- MATH 1050 - College Algebra (QL) 4 (grade of C or higher)
- MATH 2020 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (QI) 3 (grade of C or higher). Note: Mild/Moderate emphasis requires the Middle School Math Praxis Exam (5169) and the Severe emphasis requires the Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Praxis Exam (5031) to apply to the major.
- PHYS 1200 - Introduction to Physics by Hands-on Exploration (BPS) 4 (grade of C or higher)
- Breadth American Institutions class with a grade of C or higher
- Breadth Life Science class with a grade of C or higher
- 40 attempted (includes fall classes) credit hours with a 3.00 GPA or higher. The application process is competitive. GPA of accepted students averages 3.50
- Passing score on the Emma Eccles College of Education and Human Services Writing Exam
- Passing score on the Special Education Math test
- Take a speech and hearing exam
- Successful completion of the BCI and FBA background check required by the Utah State Office of Education
- Minimum ACT Scores within the past five years of 21 for Composite, 20 for English, 19 for Math, 18 for Reading and 18 for Science
- Take the Middle School Math Praxis Exam (5169) for mild/moderate emphasis
- Take the Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Praxis Exam (5031) for the severe emphasis
C. Professional Education Requirements (13-15 credits)
D. Special Education Major (42-60 credits)
Coursework includes: applied behavior analysis; introduction to systematic instruction (task analysis, curriculum-based measurement, behavioral objectives, contingent reinforcement); designing curriculum; Individualized Educational Programs (IEP); educational assessment, analysis, and adaptation of instructional materials; intervention strategies for academic and social behaviors; and parent involvement. Additionally, each endorsement area includes practicum work with exceptional children or youth. Finally, all students must complete student teaching with students with disabilities. Most of the Special Education courses are presented in a hybrid format. Hybrid is a combination of live (face-to-face) classes and online classes. Courses vary in terms of how much content is online. For example, students may attend class every other week, and during the in between weeks complete work using an online tool (e.g., Canvas).
E. Teaching Support (15 credits)
The support area is designed to enhance the Special Education major’s background. Areas recommended include communicative disorders, psychology, sociology, family and human development. Students are encouraged to take courses which will prepare them for the appropriate PRAXIS exam.
F. Electives (7-20 credits)
Students are required to complete the Mild/Moderate Disabilities Endorsement, the Severe Disabilities Endorsement, or the Birth to Age 5 Certificate.
The following courses are required for the special education training programs. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission to the endorsement courses. Most of the courses should be taken during the junior year. Students enrolled in the endorsement programs are required to maintain a GPA of at least 2.75. Students are required to earn a grade of B- or better in all teacher licensure courses. Students must retake any licensure course for which a grade of less than a B- was received. Each student will be allowed to repeat a maximum of only one didactic, practica, or student teaching course.
Mild/Moderate Disabilities Endorsement (48 credits)
Severe Disabilities Endorsement (45 credits)
Birth to Age 5 Certificate (46 credits)
Students who are completing this certificate in addition to the Mild/Moderate Disabilities Endorsement or the Severe Disabilities Endorsement will need to complete only those courses which they have not already taken under their endorsement.
Students working toward the Birth to Age 5 Certificate are encouraged to complete either the mild/moderate disabilities endorsement or the severe disabilities endorsement, as well as courses included in the Birth to Age 5 Certificate. For additional information, see the special education advisor.
Minimum University Requirements