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Special Education, B.S.

Requirements

The Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities in special education programs grades K-12. Students successfully completing the Teacher Education Program graduation and licensure requirements will receive a BS in Special Education and a Level I Utah Professional Teaching License. Through electives, students can choose to specialize in concentration areas such as Autism Studies or Secondary Special Education Mathematics. To continue in the Teacher Education Program, students are expected in all coursework, to maintain all program standards. They must maintain expected levels of competence in fieldwork and student teaching placements with all course grades at or above a B- and a program GPA of 3.00 or higher. In addition, teacher candidates are expected to adhere to standards of personal integrity, responsibility, and citizenship commonly expected of professional educators.

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements  

 Admission criteria includes:

  1. ACT/SAT Reading-ACT composite score of 21 with a Verbal/English score no less than 20 or combined SAT score of 1000 with Verbal score 450 or higher Writing-English 2010 passed with C+ or better Math-ACT Math/Quantitative score 19 or higher or SAT Mathematics score 450 or higher or passing MATH 1050, 1055, or 2000 with a C or higher
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. General Education and Pre-program coursework
  4. Grade of B- or higher in pre-program courses (Math courses C or higher)
  5. Pass LiveScan Criminal Background Check
  6. (Optional) Completion of the Associate of Science degree in Pre-Elementary Education or equivalent (completion of this degree does not guarantee acceptance into the UVU Special Education Program)
General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or  ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5.0)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following:* 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)   
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)   
  MATH 2000 Algebraic Reasoning with Modeling (3.0)   
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 3100 Health Education for Elementary Teachers 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span * 3
  Fine Arts Distribution:  
  ART 2100 Teaching Art for Children (3.0) 3
  DANC 2100 Teaching Dance for Children   (3.0)  
  MUSC 2100 Teaching Music for Children   (3.0)  
  THEA 2100 Teaching Theatre For Children   (3.0)  
 Discipline Core Requirements: 73 Credits
Pre-Professional Core Requirements: **  
  EDEL 1010 Introduction to Education *** 2
  EDEL 2330 Childrens Literature *** 3
  EDSP 340G Exceptional Students *** 2
  EDSP 3840 Instruction and Assistive Technology *** 2
  MATH 2010 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I * 3
  MATH 2020 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II * 3
Professional Education Core Requirements:***  
  EDEL 3000 Educational Psychology 3
or EDSC 3000 Educational Psychology (3.0)  
  EDEL 3350 Curriculum Design and Assessment 3
or  EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (3.0)  
  EDEL 4200 Classroom Management I 1
  EDEL 4210 Classroom Management II 1
  EDSC 4250 Classroom Management II 2
  EDEL 4400 Literacy Methods I 3
  EDSC 4440 Content Area Literacies   3
  EDEL 443G Teaching English as a Second Language 3
or EDSC 445G Multicultural Instruction ESL (3.0)  
  EDEL 4510 Elementary Math Methods I 3
  EDEL 4550 Elementary Math Methods II 3
  EDSP 4100 Instructional Strategies and Program Management for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
  EDSP 4110 Special Education Law/Policies/Procedures 3
  EDSP 4120 School to Post-School Transition Planning  2
  EDSP 4130 Math Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 2
  EDSP 4131 Math Practicum 1
  EDSP 4135 Reading and Writing Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12  2
  EDSP 4136 Reading Practicum 1
  EDSP 4140 Collaboration and Consultation with Parents and School Staff 3
  EDSP 4160 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 3
  AUTS 4650 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysi 3
  EDSP 4885 Special Education Student Teaching--Grades K-6  8
 or EDSP 4895 Special Education Student Teaching--7-12 (5.0)  
  EDSP 4990 Teacher Performance Assessment Project 2
 Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
Complete additional credits to meet requirements. 12
Recommended elective courses:  
Autism Courses (Optional and Leads to Minor Track):  
  AUTS 250G Understanding the Autism Spectrum  (3.0)  
  AUTS 3810 Autism Across the Lifespan I Infants and Children (3.0)  
  AUTS 382G Autism across the LIfespan II Teens and Adults  (3.0)  
  AUTS 3850 Autism Assessment and Treatment (3.0)  
  AUTS 481R Field Placement (1.0) ****  
  AUTS 482R Group Autism Seminar (1.0) ****  

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 3.0 or above. 
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

NOTE: Application forms are available at the beginning of each Fall semester, must be completed by October 1st, and can be obtained in the Education Department, 801-863-8527.

Footnotes
"C" grade or higher
**  Students must complete all Pre-Professional and General Education courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 before they are formally admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program.
*** Must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.
****  Taken with student teaching. Must register for AUTS 481R and AUTS 482R plus attend 482R class once a week during student teaching.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 2000 College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or Algebraic Reasoning with Modeling 3
Humanities Distribution 3
PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span 3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: If planning to complete Autism Minor see advisor to add it this semester and take Autism courses for your electives, if not, recommend SLSS 1000 as elective this semester; Humanities Distributuion recommend COMM 1020; Math and English require appropriate placement
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research  3
MATH 2010 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I  3
Physical Science Distribution  3
EDEL 1010 2
EDSP 3840 2
Elective    3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 2020 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
US Institutions   3
Fine Art Distribution    3
3rd Science Distribution  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: Ensure ACT scores are in order this semester for program admission Semester 4, repeat Residual ACT at UVU Testing Services if necessary.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
HLTH 3100 Health Education for Elementary Teachers 2
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
EDEL 2330 Children's Literature 3
Biology Distribution 3
EDSP 340G Exceptional Students 2
Elective    3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: Apply to Special Ed program this semester
  Pre-program total: 62
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
EDEL 3000 or EDSC 3000 Educational Psychology 3
EDSP 4135 and EDSP 4136 Reading and Writing Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 and Reading Practicum 3
EDEL 4400 Literacy Methods I 3
EDSP 4100 Instructional Strategies and Program Management for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
EDEL 4510 Elementary Math Methods I 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: Semester 5-8 courses require program addmission
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSP 4120 School to Post-School Trasition Planning 2
EDSP 4130 and EDSP 4131 Math Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 and Math Practicum 3
EDSP 4160 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 3
EDEL 3350 or EDSC 4550 Curriculum Design and Assessment or Secondary Curriculum Insturction and Assessment 3
EDEL 4200 Classroom Management 1
AUTS 4650 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
EDEL 4210 Classroom Management II 1
EDSC 445G or EDEL 443G Multicultural Instruction ESL or Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDSP 4110 Special Education Laws, Policies, and Procedures 3
EDEL 4550 Elementary Math Methods II 3
EDSC 4440 Content Area Literacies 3
EDSP 4140 Collaboration and Consultation with Parents and School Staff 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: Take Praxis Special Ed Subject Assessment  Core Content & Applications Exam #5324 no later than this semester, required prior to student teaching.  Apply to student teach for Semester 8 this semester.
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSC 4250 CClassroom Management II (Secondary) 2
EDSP 4885 or EDSP4895 Special Education Student Teaching, Grades K-6 or Special Education Student Teaching, Grades 7-12 8
EDSC 4990 Teacher Performance Assessment Project 2
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Secondary Education

Location:

ME 116

Telephone:

801-863-8228

Email:

waitebr@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/education/secondary/

Chair:

Bryan Waite

 
 

Mission Statement

The UVU School of Education prepares educators and clinicians to have a positive impact through meaningful innovation, engaged pedagogy, rigorous preparation, inclusion and diversity, and transformative communities. 

 
 

 

Secondary Education

 Department Chair: Bryan Waite

  • Administrative Support: Cindy Wilkinson
  • Office: ME 117
  • Telephone: 801-863-5657
  • Email: cindy.wilkinson@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 126
  • Field Coordinator: John Burton
  • Office: ME 131b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6587
  • Email:  John.Burton@uvu.edu
 
 

Professional Teacher Education Program

The Professional Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching in secondary education programs grades 7-12. All students who matriculate in the professional licensure program must have a major in an approved content area.

The UVU teacher education initial licensure program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

Special Education Program

The Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching in elementary and secondary education programs grades K-12. Students successfully completing the UVU professional teacher education program graduation and licensure requirements receive a baccalaureate degree in Special Education and a Utah Professional Teaching License.

The UVU teacher education initial licensure program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

Autism Studies, Minor

This minor can be earned in conjunction with any Bachelor degree major that UVU offers and consists of 19 credit hours. The Minor in Autism Studies provides a broad overview of the autism spectrum disorder. Courses cover the lifespan and the broad spectrum of autism. This minor includes intervention supports and behavior management techniques.

Career Opportunities

The Professional Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching in secondary education programs grades 7-12. All students who matriculate in the professional licensure program must have a major in an approved content area.

The UVU teacher education initial licensure program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

Special Education Program

Professional Secondary Teacher Education Program

Upon successful completion of the UVU Professional Teacher Education Program in Secondary Education and the Praxis Subject Assessment, students are recommended to the Utah State Board of Education for a Secondary Education professional educator license. This license allows individuals to teach in Utah secondary schools.

 Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program

Upon successful completion of the UVU Professional Teacher Education Program in Special Education and the Praxis Subject Assessment, students are recommended to the Utah State Board of Education for a Special Education mild to moderate K-12 professional educator license. This license allows individuals to teach in Utah elementary and secondary schools. 

Autism Studies, Minor

Career opportunities include working with, or interacting with, those who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This could include working in supervisory positions, overseeing ASD adults, educators who may have students with an ASD diagnosis in their classrooms, counselors and medical professionals, or emergency services personnel.

License

Students seeking secondary school licensure in approved content areas complete a major in that area and required coursework in Secondary Education to qualify for a Level I Utah State Professional Educator License for grades 7-12. Post BS/BA students seeking a secondary teaching license complete education course requirements and content area methods courses to qualify for the Level I Professional Educator License. Post BS/BA must be in a compatible major from a regionally accredited institution. Baccalaureate degrees (BS and BA) are granted through the content area department and not through the School of Education.

Students seeking Special Education licensure complete required coursework in Spanish Education to qualify for a Level I Utah State Professional Education Licensure for grades K-12

Certificates/Degrees

Professional Secondary Teacher Education Program

A Baccalaureate Degree (BS and BA) may be earned in the following content area departments: Art Education, ASL and Deaf Studies Education, Biology Education, Business/Marketing Education, Chemistry Education, Physics Education, Dance Education, Earth Science Education, English Education, History-Social Studies Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical Education Teacher Education, Theatre Arts Education, School Health Education, Secondary French Education, Spanish Education.

Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program

A Baccalaureate of Science Degree (BS) may be earned in Special Education.

Autism Studies, Minor

A minor may be received in Autism Studies.

Admission & Retention

Professional Secondary Teacher Education Program

Admission to the Secondary Education Program is required for enrollment in professional studies level courses. Admission criteria*:

  1. ACT exam minimums: composite score of 21, English 20, Math 19; or SAT exam minimums: Critical Read/Math 1000, with Math and Reading scores of 450; or pass ENGL 2010 or MATH 1030 (35), MATH 1040 (45), or MATH 1050 (55) respectively with a C or better. If student has a bachelor degree or higher, he/she does not need to meet this testing requirement;
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  3. Completion of all General Education requirements and 70% of content area courses;
  4. No grade lower than a C in content area courses; and
  5. A LiveScan Criminal Background check. Applicants are accepted for fall and spring into the Secondary Teacher Education Program and for fall for the Special Education Program after meeting entrance requirements.

Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program

Admission to the Special Education Program is required for enrollment in professional studies level courses. Admission criteria*:

  1. ACT exam minimums: composite score of 21, English 20, Math 19; or SAT exam minimums: Critical Read/Math 1000, with Math and Reading scores of 450; or pass ENGL 2010 or MATH 1050 (55) or MATH 2000 respectively with a C or better;
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  3. Completion of all General Education and pre program coursework;
  4. A LiveScan Criminal Background check. Applicants are accepted for fall and spring into the Secondary Teacher Education Program and for fall for the Special Education Program after meeting entrance requirements.

*Please contact the Secondary / Special Education Advisor for the current admission requirements.

To continue in the program, students are expected to maintain all program standards. They must maintain expected levels of competence in all coursework, field work, and student teaching with all course grades at or above a B- and a program GPA of 3.00 or higher. Additionally, teacher candidates are expected to adhere to standards of personal integrity, responsibility, and citizenship commonly expected of professional educators.

 
 

School of Education

  • Dean: Vessela Ilieva
  • Office: ME 117b
  • Telephone: 801-863-5183
 
 

Faculty

Carrie Ashcraft(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



BA, English, Boise State University; M.Ed., Education, Westminster College;

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Cami Burton(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



A.S., General Academics, Utah Valley University, B.S., M.S., Special Education, Brigham Young University - Provo.

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Jennifer Call(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



AAS, Family Science, Brigham Young University - Idaho; BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A & M University; MS, Low Incidence Disabilities & Autism, Sam Houston State University

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Jane I. Carlson(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



BS, Elementary/Special Education, Keene State College; MA, Psychology, SUNY at Stony Brook; PhD, Clinical Psychology, SUNY at Stony Brook

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Dale S. Cox(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., History, Brigham Young University, M.Ed, Educational Administration, Arizona State University, EdD, Educational Leadership, Lehigh University,

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Susan Cox(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, M.S., Ph.D., Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University.

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Numsiri Kunakemakorn(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Multicultural & International Education, University of San Francisco; M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University.

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George Odongo(2018)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.Ed, Education, The University of Nairobi, Kenya, M.Ed., Special Education, Wichita State University, Ed.D., Special Education, Texas Tech University.

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Joshua Premo(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary science education/ Biology
Faculty



B.Sc., Biology, History and Anthropology, SUNY Plattsburgh, M.A., Teaching, Binghamton University, PhD (ABD), Zoology, Washington State University,

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Axel Ramirez(2002)

Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., History, M.S., American History, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Utah.

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Kyle Reyes(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., Visual Arts-Graphic Design, M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy, University of Utah.

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Nicholas Rowley(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.S., Elementary & Special Education, Southern Utah University; M.A., Special Education, University of Phoenix.

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Makenzie Selland(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., English, Spanish, Social Work, Northern Arizona University; M.Ed., Secondary English Education, George Washington University; Ph.D.(ABD), Instruction & Curriculum, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Caleb R. Stanley(2019)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., Psychology, University of Mississippi, M.Sc., Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Southern Illinois University, PhD (ABD), Rehabilitation, Southern Illinois University,

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Emily Swan(2018)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.S., Elementary Education, B.S., Speech Communication, M.Ed., Reading & Curriculum, University of Utah, Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Maryland - College Park.

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Bryan Waite(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Department Chair

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Spanish, University of Texas; M.A., Spanish Education, Ph.D., Social Multicultural and Bilingual Education, University of Colorado.

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Trevor Warburton(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Mathematics and Spanish, Utah State University; M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Education, Culture, and Society, University of Utah.

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Lynda Williams(2011)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.S., Liberal Studies, Westmont College; M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, California State University, Fullerton.

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