At an undergraduate level, the Department offers a B.S. degree in Special Education. It is the largest Special Education Licensure program among universities and colleges in Utah. The mission of the program is to prepare teachers in one of three areas:
- teachers of students with Mild/Moderate disabilities
- teachers of students with Severe disabilities
- teachers of young children with disabilities (Early Childhood)
Completion of the Mild/Moderate or Severe emphasis areas allows graduates to teach students with disabilities from kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12). Completion of the Early Childhood emphasis areas qualifies graduates to teach children with disabilities from birth to five.
The Program produces teachers of the highest quality who meet the national knowledge and skill standards described by the Council for Exceptional Children. Our goal is to produce teachers with state-of-art knowledge and skills who are committed to engaging in professional activities that benefit individuals with exceptional learning needs and their families.
Students may also certify as dual teaching majors. That is, in addition to a K-12 certification in Special Education they may also certify to teach:
- Elementary education
- Preschool special education
- Secondary education
The undergraduate program combines didactic courses with practica. This provides a variety of first-hand classroom experience with students of all ages and abilities. It also enables graduates to practice different teaching techniques in several subjects.
The purpose of the Masters Special Education Programs (i.e., Masters of Science or Masters of Education) is to provide advanced training for professionals who work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities.
There are two basic master's degree programs offered in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Science (M.S.). The programs are designed to serve different populations with different career goals. The M.S. program is designed for individuals who desire to improve their teaching skills, understand applied research, and who are contemplating an advanced degree beyond the master's. The M.S. degree is available primarily to students pursuing Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA). The M.Ed. degree is available primarily to students pursuing the transition concentration (i.e., working with youth and young adults in transition from school to adulthood) or the advanced special education concentration (i.e., practicing teachers seeking an advanced degree). The Master of Education degree programs are designed for persons who desire a graduate program that will strengthen their competencies as educators. Most courses are taught synchronously via live broadcast to designated sites across Utah to enable working professionals to maintain employment and enhance their careers.
Program Mission and Objectives:
The Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling education program is founded on the mission to promote quality rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities through the education of rehabilitation professionals, provision of rehabilitation continuing education, and through research related to rehabilitation.
It four main program objectives:
- Provide a high quality educational program that results in students successfully entering the field of Rehabilitation Counseling.
- Effectively recruit and educate students from diverse backgrounds.
- Facilitate access to graduate education by obtaining funds to financially support students.
- Contribute to the body of knowledge in the Rehabilitation Counseling field.
The Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program is intended to broaden graduates’ ability to impact education and services for people with disabilities. Students learn to:
- Prepare new teachers and clinicians to effectively implement research-based practices
- Develop and evaluate new programs
- Conduct meaningful research on important topics.
Upon graduation students will have the skills necessary to become university professors and leaders in disability-related fields.