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Undergraduate Catalog

2012 - 2013

David O. McKay School of Education

301 MCKB
(801) 422-3694

Dean: K. Richard Young, Professor, Counseling Psychology and Special Education
Associate Dean: Barbara Culatta, Professor, Communication Disorders
Associate Dean: Charles R. Graham, Associate Professor, Instructional Psychology and Technology


The five departments in the David O. McKay School of Education are:

    Communication Disorders
    Counseling Psychology and Special Education
    Educational Leadership and Foundations
    Instructional Psychology and Technology
    Teacher Education

The principal purposes of the David O. McKay School of Education are:

  1. Preparing teachers for public and private schools;
  2. Providing graduate programs for the preparation of school principals, counselors, school psychologists, curriculum supervisors, speech-language pathologists, and master teachers;
  3. Offering research-based graduate programs; and
  4. Researching educational processes and issues.


Education Student Services

Jay Oliver, Director
120 MCKB
(801) 422-3426

The McKay School of Education Student Services is designed to centrally locate a variety of programs for the purpose of better servicing students needs. Services provided include: academic advisement, scholarships, student teaching placement, and teacher licensing recommendation for the State of Utah.

Academic Advisement

Our academic advisors assist undergraduate students majoring in elementary education, early childhood education, special education, physical education teaching/coaching, and communication disorders in the areas of general education, major program requirements, graduation requirements, and teacher licensure procedures.

All other secondary education majors receive advisement in general education and major requirements from their respective college advisement centers. All majors receive licensure advisement in Education Student Services.

Scholarships

The McKay School of Education provides a variety of private scholarships, mentorships, and loans to students majoring in a teaching program and other McKay School majors or programs. An online application is available at http://education.byu.edu/ess.

Student Teaching/Internship Placement

Our advisors coordinate the placement of student teachers and interns in local partnership schools and in schools selected for national and international programs. Students must make application and receive clearance for student teaching and internships by submitting a Student Teaching/Internship Application to 120 MCKB. Forms are available online at: http://education.byu.edu/ess.

Teacher Licensing

Once students have completed all coursework leading to graduation and licensure, our advisors will recommend these students for licensure to the Utah State Office of Education. Licensing recommendations are initiated approximately four weeks after graduation.

Majoring in a Teacher Education Licensure Program

Students wishing to declare a teaching major will do so at their respective college advisement center (see http://education.byu.edu/ess).

Fingerprint Background Clearance

All teaching majors are required to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check before participating in required field experiences. A cleared fingerprint background check must be maintained throughout the teaching program in order for the student to be eligible for graduation and licensing. Fingerprinting can be done in Education Student Services, 120 MCKB. Allow from five to six weeks for fingerprints to be processed. FBI background clearance is valid for only three years. If clearance expires before graduation, candidates must repeat the fingerprinting and clearance process, including a new fee payment.

Failing to expunge a police record prior to the background check may result in a blocked registration while a panel reviews the charges. Candidates who cannot pass an FBI background check will be removed from the teacher education licensure program.

Transfer Students. Students who transfer to the David O. McKay School of Education from a two-year college, another university, or another college within BYU must meet the requirements for acceptance set forth above.

McKay School Teacher Preparation Programs

The David O. McKay School of Education seeks students who attain high educational standards and who evidence aptitude for teaching. While in the program students must maintain established standards for personal conduct and interpersonal skills as outlined in the program. Students are encouraged to visit an advisor in Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, to discuss program changes.

Early Childhood Education. The early childhood education major prepares students to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade. This major provides a strong emphasis in early childhood development. Prior to beginning coursework, students are asked to submit a program entrance form to the Teacher Education Department, 201 MCKB (forms are available online at: http://education.byu.edu/ted). Students should meet with an academic advisor, 120 MCKB, to plan their program and course schedules. This undergraduate major is open (no application is required) and students should formally declare this major at Education Student Services, 120 MCKB.

Elementary Education. The elementary education major prepares students to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Prior to beginning coursework, students are asked to submit a program entrance form to the Teacher Education Department, 201 MCKB (forms are available online at: http://education.byu.edu/ted). Students should meet with an academic advisor, 120 MCKB, to plan their program and course schedules. This undergraduate major is open (no application is required) and students should formally declare this major at Education Student Services, 120 MCKB.

Special Education. The special education major prepares students to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade students with disabilities. The program includes multiple practica in the schools, and spring/summer enrollment is required. In addition to core courses, majors select an area of emphasis in either mild/moderate or severe disabilities. This major has limited enrollment and requires prior entrance approval through the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. Application materials for the program are available online at http://education.byu.edu/cpse. As part of the application, successful completion of the "Special Education Exploratory Experience" packet is required for admission. In order not to prolong the time to graduation, students should submit their application before the final semester of the sophomore year. Students should meet with their academic advisor (120 MCKB) when extenuating circumstance require making alternate educational plans. This undergraduate major is a limited enrollment major (application is required). Once approved, students should formally declare this major at Education Student Services, 120 MCKB.

Physical Education Teaching/Coaching. The physical education teaching/coaching major prepares students to teach K-12 grades. Prior to beginning coursework, students are asked to submit a program entrance form to the Teacher Education Department, 201 MCKB (forms are available online at: http://education.byu.edu/ted). Students should meet with an academic advisor, 120 MCKB, to plan their program and course schedules. This undergraduate major is open (no application is required) and students should formally declare this major at Education Student Services, 120 MCKB.

Communication Disorders. The communication disorders major is pre-professional and prepares students for graduate study in either speech-language pathology (requiring a master's degree) or audiology (requiring a doctor's degree). The major focuses on the nature and characteristics of normal and impaired human communication. This undergraduate major is open (no application is required) and students should formally declare this major at Education Student Services, 120 MCKB.

Secondary Education Teaching. Students planning a career to teach in secondary schools should declare their teaching major at the college advisement center responsible for their major. Questions related to student teaching, internships, or licensing should be addressed to Education Student Services, 120 MCKB. A secondary teaching major incorporates both a major and a professional education program leading to licensure. Students may begin their professional teaching program during their sophomore years. Students are encouraged to visit their major advisement center to plan their program.

Student Teaching. The culminating experience for students in teacher education is a student teaching assignment in a public school classroom under the supervision of mentor teachers and university supervisors. Students must plan their programs carefully to meet requirements for student teaching. A student teaching application must be submitted one semester prior to student teaching. The application is available online at: http://education.byu.edu/ess.

Internships. Internship appointments in a public school are available and may substitute for student teaching. Interns are employed contractually by their school district for a full year and are paid half salary and receive benefits. Interested students should contact their major teaching supervisor or liaison. An internship application must be submitted one semester prior to the internship. The application is available online at: http://education.byu.edu/ess.


Teaching Licensure

The licensure of teachers is a function of the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). Requirements for Utah licensure are available in Education Student Services or online at http://education.byu.edu/ess. As licensure requirements are frequently updated, students should check with Education Student Services to stay informed. Although such modifications are not retroactive, they may still affect the uncompleted portion of a student's program.

Prior to graduation, students are responsible to take the required Praxis II Content Test, to have the test score sent to BYU, to pay the state licensing fees, and to check that their fingerprint background clearance is still 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 Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426. Graduation and licensure cannot be processed until these requirements have been completed.

Licensure in Other States. Under reciprocity agreements, Utah licensure is accepted in those states where such agreements are in effect. Specific information is available in Education Student Services. Students who plan to license in another state should contact that state for requirements beyond those in Utah as early in their programs as possible.