Special Education: BS/BA
Utah State’s Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation is consistently ranked among the top 20 education programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Students graduating from USU with a degree in special education are highly sought after by school districts across Utah and the United States. Utah State has a 100% job placement rate for special education graduates, with many students getting hired before they even graduate.
The department offers a number of unique educational and training opportunities for those interested in working with children and youth with disabilities. The program prepares students to work with individuals who have mild, moderate, and severe disabilities, as well as young children with disabilities. Students are given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with local school districts or on-campus programs.
The special education major is a popular choice for a composite major with Elementary Education (meaning students who graduate can apply for both an Elementary Education License and a Special Education License).
USU Department of Special Education & Rehabilitation:
Special Education Specialization
Special Education: Birth to 5 Emphasis - BS/BA
Special Education: Mild/Moderate Emphasis - BS/BA
Special Education: Severe Emphasis - BS/BA
Special Education: Severe/Birth to 5 Emphasis - BS/BA
Special Education: Mild/Moderate and Birth to 5 Emphasis - BS/BA
Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
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In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the special education program has additional requirements:
- Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to the department as pre-majors.
- Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors will be admitted as pre-majors in good standing, with a GPA of at least 3.00.
- In order to become a special education major, students must be accepted into the program, which includes the following:
- Completion of at least 40 semester credits, including the ones you’re currently taking, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
- Complete certain core courses including Math 1050 and, Math 2010 or 2020 (see department for more information)
- Complete a speech and hearing test
- Pass the Teacher Education Writing Exam
- Pass a criminal background check (this should be done one semester before applying)
- Pass the Utah Educator's Ethics Review
- Passing score on the PRAXIS Exam (MM: 5169 Middle School Mathematics, Severe and Birth to Age 5: 5001 Elementary Education Multiple Subjects)
- Minimum ACT Scores: 21 Composite, 20 English, 19 Mathematics, 18 Reading, 18 Science
International students have additional admissions requirements.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
With a degree in special education, students may pursue the following careers:
- Public or private school educator
- Adult service provider
- Recreation specialist
- Behavior specialist
- Developmental specialist
- Early intervention provider
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