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BS in Special Education: Severe Disabilities Emphasis
(73 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.

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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


      PETE 461 : Adapted and Multicultural Physical Education for Teaching Majors. (3:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PETE 461 : Adapted and Multicultural Physical Education for Teaching Majors. (3:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Legal mandates, assessing and identifying special needs students, multicultural issues, and management and instructional techniques.

      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 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


      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.

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      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.

      Course Outcomes


  4. Complete the following emphasis courses:
      ASL 101 : First-Year American Sign Language. (4:4:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ASL 101 : First-Year American Sign Language. (4:4:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: First in a series of courses which focuses on acquiring basic ASL skills, both receptive and expressive. An introduction to the Deaf community and culture will be provided.
      NOTE: Intended for students with little or no experience in ASL.

      Course Outcomes


      ASL 102 : First-Year American Sign Language. (4:4:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ASL 102 : First-Year American Sign Language. (4:4:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: ASL 101
      DESCRIPTION: Second in a series of courses which focuses on acquiring basic ASL skills, both receptive and expressive. An introduction to the Deaf community and culture will be provided.
      NOTE: Teacher may waive prerequisite based on prior experience.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 443 : Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 443 : Social and Behavioral Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: CPSE 403 or equivalent; CPSE 410; admission to special education program; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Principles, procedures, and strategies for creating positive educational environments, including functional assessment, behavior intervention plans, and development of social competence.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 447R : Practicum in Secondary Education: Severe Disabilities. (1:0:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 447R : Practicum in Secondary Education: Severe 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 severe disabilities in secondary settings.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 453 : Curriculum and Instruction: Severe Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 453 : Curriculum and Instruction: Severe Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Strategies for designing and implementing educational programs, curricula, and teaching methods for students with severe disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


      CPSE 463 : Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 463 : Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: Admission to special education program or instructor's consent; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Principles and applications in using assistive technology to improve the education and communication skills of students with disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


  5. Complete 8 hours of the following:
      CPSE 467R : Practicum: Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities. (1-6:0:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 467R : Practicum: Teaching Students with Severe 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 severe disabilities.

      Course Outcomes


  6. Complete 12 hours of the following student teaching or internship experience:
      CPSE 487R : Student Teaching: Students with Severe Disabilities. (1-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CPSE 487R : Student Teaching: Students with Severe 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 severe disabilities in school settings.

      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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