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Admission to Special Education Program

The Special Education Program at UVU will prepare undergraduate students for a Utah Teaching Certificate in K-12 Special Education in mild/moderate disabilities. To enter the special education teacher licensure program, students must complete a separate application process. Students who meet the minimum requirements for the program and complete the process will be considered for admission.

Admission criteria includes:

  • PRAXIS II Test 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subject. There is a $170 fee associated with this exam. Must be completed and passed before application deadlines. (Dates are subject to change. Check ETS website for most current information.)
Required scores: Read/Lang Art = 157, Math = 157, Social Studies = 155, Science = 159. Exam repeatable at $50 per section only during testing windows. When sitting for the exam, you will be given the option of having the exam results sent to another institution. Be sure and select the required code to have them sent to UVU. (Register and obtain study material for this exam by calling PRAXIS at (800) 853-6773 or at
  • ACT or SAT (if Praxis is not passed by application deadline): ACT composite score of 21 with a Verbal/English score no less than 20 and a Math/Quantitative score no less than 19 or a combined SAT score of 1000 with neither math nor verbal below 450 by program admission deadline
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A group interview directed by the Teacher Education Selection and Retention Committee
  • (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 and Pre-program coursework

Applicants will be accepted into the Teacher Special Education Program for Fall and Spring Semesters after meeting entrance requirements.

Please contact the Special Education Advisor for current admission requirements.


Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Re-Licensure Courses

Persons who hold a valid (current or expired) elementary license may pursue re-licensing course work through the Teacher Education Program at UVU.

Employment Outlook

Career opportunities qualify students for teaching positions in the State of Utah as well as neighboring states. The majority of special education teachers work in public schools, teaching students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school level. Also, special education teachers could work in private schools, childcare services, and other institutions. Several work the traditional settings (10-month school year), but some jobs are available at year round schools (

Course Offering

Courses offered through the UVU Special Education Program include:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Multicultural Education
  • Content Language Art Methods
  • Literacy Methods I
  • Elementary Math Methods I & II
  • English as a Second language
  • Classroom Management I-II
  • Educational Leadership Methods
  • Instructional and Assistive Technology
  • Collaboration and Consultation with Parents and School Staff
  • Instructional Strategies and Program Management
  • Special Education Law, Policies, and Procedures
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
  • School to Post-School Transition Planning
  • Math Instruction for Students with Mild/Mod. Disabilities K-12
  • Reading and Writing Instruction for Students with Mild/Mod Disabilities K-12
  • Student Teaching and Practicum

Prospective Student Information

Advisement Forms

Application for Admission


Praxis Information


Program Admission Application Deadlines

October 1st: Spring semester (application available for pickup in August)

March 1st: Fall semester (application available for pickup in January)

Applications are available in ME 114 or online.