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Undergraduate Catalog

2013 - 2014

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

Timothy B. Smith, Chair
340 MCKB, (801) 422-3857

David O. McKay School of Education Student Services
120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426

Admission to Degree Program

Students must apply to the Counseling Psychology and Special Education Department for admission to the special education undergraduate degree. Information can be found online at and applicants may apply online at See additional information below.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The university core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (See University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs and Degrees

    MS in Special Education
    EdS in School Psychology
    PhD in Counseling Psychology

For more information see the BYU 2013–2014 Graduate Catalog.

General Information

Admission to BS Programs

Among other factors, the application review process involves consideration of the following:

  1. Significant experience working with individuals who have disabilities (see Special Education Exploratory Experience Log and Summary Report in the online application).
  2. A fingerprinting and FBI background check. See Education Student Services (120 MCKB) for instructions.
  3. Successful completion of technology skills assessment.

Additional Licensing Requirements

It is the student's responsibility to be sure that the approved PRAXIS II test has been passed and that BYU has received the test scores, that the student's fingerprint background clearance is current, and that state licensing fees have been paid. 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 Utah licensure cannot be processed until these requirements have been completed.