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Special Education

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).

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.

Emphases (students must choose an emphasis)

  • Birth to Age 5 Special Education - Specialize your education by learning to work specifically with young children from birth to age five with disabilities.
  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities - Prepare to teach children with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-12.
  • Severe Disabilities - Prepare to teach children with severe disabilities in grades K-12.

Differential Tuition

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

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a Statewide Campuses advisor to verify program availability.

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