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Special Education: Severe Disabilities (BS) *

Variable Credit Min


Variable Credit Max


Major Academic Plan


1.Effective Instruction

Learning Outcome

The teacher understands and demonstrate effective instruction.


2. Progress Monitoring

Learning Outcome

The teacher understands and demonstrates progress monitoring.


3. Adaptation or Intensification

Learning Outcome

The teacher understands and demonstrates appropriate adaptation or intensificaion of support.

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements.

This major 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 licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426.

For students accepted into the major after December 16, 2019, grades below C in any required coursework in a teaching major or teaching minor will not be accepted. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher once admitted into the program and to qualify for student teaching. For additional details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirement 1 —Complete 5 Courses

Complete the following with at least a C grade prior to beginning the program:

course - Intro to Special Education3.0

course - Appl Behavior Analysis in Ed 3.0

course - Ed & Multicult Issues in Sp Ed 3.0

course - Basic Conc of Math 2.0

course - Concepts of Math 2.0

Requirement 2 —Complete 8 Courses

Core courses:

course - Assess/Eval Stdnts w/Excp Nds 3.0

course - Lang Arts Elem: Disabilities 3.0

course - Tching Read/LA Disabilities Se 3.0

course - Transition planning 3.0

course - Collaboration 3.0

course - Legal Issues in Spec Ed 3.0

course - Capstone Sem: Ind w/Disab 1.0

course - Tching K-12 Online/Blended Lrn 1.0

Requirement 3 —Complete 18 hours

Emphasis courses:

course - Soc/Beh Strgs Severe Disabil 3.0

course - Ment Sec Ed: Severe Disability 3.0

course - Cur & Inst: Severe Disabilits 3.0

course - Tch Math to Stdnts w/Disablts 3.0

course - Asst Tech for Stdnts w/Disab 3.0

course - Ment Tchg Stdnts w/ Severe Dis 3.0v

Requirement 4 —Complete 1 Requirement

Student teaching or internship experience:

Application for student teaching must be completed prior to student teaching. Applications are online at

Requirement 4.1 —Complete 12 hours

course - Student Tchg: Severe Disabilit- You may take up to 12.0 credit hours1.0v

course - Academic Internship: Spec Ed- You may take up to 12.0 credit hours1.0v

Additional Licensing Requirements: It is the student's responsibility to be sure that the PRAXIS test has been passed and that BYU has received the test scores and that their fingerprint background clearance is current. Students will also be responsible for any additional requirements imposed by the state prior to their graduation. To confirm the status of these requirements, contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426. Graduation and Utah licensure cannot be processed until these requirements have been completed.