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BS in Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Emphasis
(72 hours)



This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see Education Student Services (120 MCKB) for information regarding requirements for admission to this program.

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 http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

To complete this major, students will also be required to complete the TESOL K-12 minor. The courses the student will need to take in order to complete the minor are reflected in the requirements listed below.

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  1. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  2. Complete the following with at least a B– grade prior to beginning the program:
      CPSE 403 : Introduction to Special Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 403 : Introduction to Special Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Understanding the characteristics of students with various exceptionalities, ranging from mild to moderate to severe disabilities. How student with specific disabilities learn; using basic strategies for meeting their educational needs.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 425 : Foundations in Language Arts Instruction for Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 425 : Foundations in Language Arts Instruction for Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Foundations in analyzing and delivering research-based language arts instruction to students with disabilities, including second language learners with disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


  3. Complete the following core courses:
      CPSE 410 : Applied Behavior Analysis in Education. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 410 : Applied Behavior Analysis in Education. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Strategies for educating individuals with or at-risk for disabilities. Prevention, early intervention, and treatment strategies.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 420 : Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Exceptional Needs. (3:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 420 : Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Exceptional Needs. (3:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Determining present levels of performance, classifying students for special education services, and writing goals and objectives for IEP development.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 430 : Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 430 : Teaching Reading/Language Arts to Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; CPSE 403 or equivalent; FBI fingerprint background clearance
      DESCRIPTION: Research-based methods for teaching language arts to students with disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 440 : Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Students with Disabilities. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 440 : Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Students with Disabilities. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; CPSE 403 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Selection and adaptation of curriculum accommodations, transition planning, and post-secondary preparation.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 460 : Collaborating with School and Family. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 460 : Collaborating with School and Family. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; CPSE 403 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Foundations in collaborating with school professionals, para-professionals, and families of children with disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 470 : Legal Issues Influencing Collaboration in Special Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 470 : Legal Issues Influencing Collaboration in Special Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; CPSE 403 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Laws and issues influencing special education and educator's roles in collaborating with families and professionals.

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      CPSE 480 : Educational and Multicultural Issues in Special Education. (3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 480 : Educational and Multicultural Issues in Special Education. (3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Special education issues: multicultural, historical, and legal foundations.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 490 : Capstone Seminar: Students With Disabilities. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 490 : Capstone Seminar: Students With Disabilities. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all special education courses and concurrent enrollment with student teaching/internship.
      DESCRIPTION: Synthesis of knowledge and skills in special education; development of professional ethics and commitment to professional development.

      Course Outcomes


      IP&T 387 : Integrating Technology in Special Education 1. (1:1.0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      IP&T 387 : Integrating Technology in Special Education 1. (1:1.0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with CPSE 410.
      DESCRIPTION: Integrating instructional technology with special education instructional strategies.

      Course Outcomes


      IP&T 487 : Integrating Technology in Special Education 2. (1:1.0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      IP&T 487 : Integrating Technology in Special Education 2. (1:1.0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with CPSE 430.
      DESCRIPTION: Integrating instructional technology with special education instructional strategies.

      Course Outcomes


      MTHED 305 : Basic Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      MTHED 305 : Basic Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Math 110 or equivalent; permission from Teacher Education Department.
      DESCRIPTION: Concept-oriented exploration of number, measurement, and informal geometry in relation to children's learning.
      NOTE: Required of prospective elementary school teachers.

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  4. Complete the following courses which, in conjunction with the other required courses in the program, will allow you to fulfill the requirements of the TESOL K-12 minor:
      TELL 410 : Second Language Acquisition. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 410 : Second Language Acquisition. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: EL ED 323 & EL ED 203; or ELANG 223 & SC ED 353; or CPSE 425
      DESCRIPTION: Processes and variables in native- and second-language development. How teachers can foster efficient acquisition of language, cognitive, and academic skills in second-language environments.

      Course Outcomes


      TELL 440 : Content-Based Language Instruction. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 440 : Content-Based Language Instruction. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: TELL 410 & TELL 420; or TELL 410 & IP&T 213; or TELL 410 & CPSE 420
      RECOMMENDED: El Ed 333, TELL 430, and CPSE 430 concurrently.
      DESCRIPTION: Instructional methods, strategies, and materials for integrating curriculum content and language instruction. Teaching, creating, and adapting lesson materials in a multicultural context.

      Course Outcomes


      TELL 450 : Family, School, and Community Partnerships. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 450 : Family, School, and Community Partnerships. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: ELANG 223 & TELL 410 & SC ED 353; or EL ED 203 & EL ED 323
      DESCRIPTION: Standards, principles, policies, and processes of partnering with parents, families, schools, and communities in fostering and sustaining the development of children and youth.

      Course Outcomes


      TELL 477R : Practicum for Teaching English Language Learners. (.5-4:0:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TELL 477R : Practicum for Teaching English Language Learners. (.5-4:0:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: TELL 440; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Practicum in teaching English to second-language learners.
      NOTE: Can be taken concurrently with student teaching/internship in a diverse-language setting.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: Must take 4 credit hours of TELL 477R.
  5. Complete the following emphasis courses:
      CPSE 442 : Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (3:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 442 : Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (3:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: CPSE 403 or equivalent; CPSE 410; admission to special education program.
      DESCRIPTION: Principles, procedures, and strategies for classroom behavior management, social competence, and individual and school wide intervention plans.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 446R : Practicum in Secondary Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (1:0:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 446R : Practicum in Secondary Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (1:0:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; CPSE 403 or equivalent; concurrent enrollment in CPSE 440 (secondary); FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Practicum in teaching students with mild-moderate disabilities in secondary settings.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 452 : Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 452 : Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; CPSE 403 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: IEP-based lesson planning and teacher-directed and student-mediated instructional strategies.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 462 : Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 462 : Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program; CPSE 403 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Research-based methods for teaching mathematics to students with disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


  6. Complete 8 hours of the following:
      CPSE 466R : Practicum: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (1-6:0:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 466R : Practicum: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (1-6:0:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education licensure program; CPSE 403 or equivalent; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Practicum in the effective teaching cycle for students with mild/moderate disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


  7. Complete 12 hours of the following student teaching or internship experience:
      CPSE 486R : Student Teaching: Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (1-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 486R : Student Teaching: Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities. (1-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of all core courses and practica in special education; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Culminating experience teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities in school settings.
      NOTE: Fee.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 496R : Academic Internship: Special Education. (1-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 496R : Academic Internship: Special Education. (1-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: Departmental approval of application; placement one semester in advance of registration; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Culminating experience in the licensure program teaching students with disabilities in a school setting full-time for one academic year.

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