Department of Teacher Education & Family Development

Special Education

Overview of Programs

Special Education Mild/Moderate Dual Licensure Concentration: K-12 Catalog Information

SUU currently offers three distinct pathways to earn a special education teaching license. Please be sure to educate yourself regarding which option would be best for your unique situation.

  1. The Undergraduate Degree Path combines a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education or Secondary Education with content area emphasis with a special education license. This is the most direct route to earning a license to teach students with special needs and may also be the most cost effective, due to the potential for grant funded scholarships for tuition. This pathway is only available to individuals who have not earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and wish to do so.
  2. The Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL) Pathway is administered by the Utah State Board of Education. SUU has recently begun offering the special education courses required through USBE to earn an ARL license. This pathway is only available to individuals who are currently employed in a Utah Local Education Agency.
  3. The Special Education Hybrid Licensure Program is intended to help individuals who would like to earn special education licensure while pursuing a Master of Education degree. This pathway is available to both practicing educators and those who have education degrees but are not currently employed in a Utah Local Education Agency.
Semester Undergraduate
(4000 level)
ARL Licensure
(5000 level)
Hybrid Licensure
(6000 level)
Fall SPED 4110 SPED Law SPED 5110 SPED Law SPED 6110 SPED Law
Fall SPED 4160 Report Writing SPED 5160 Report Writing SPED 6160 Report Writing 
Fall SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies  SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies 
Spring SPED 4120 ABA SPED 5120 ABA SPED 6120 ABA 
Spring SPED 4145 Coll/Transition SPED 5145 Coll/Transition  SPED 6145 Coll/Transition 
Spring   SPED 3030 Intro to SPED   
Summer SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies  SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies 
Summer SPED 4110 SPED Law SPED 5110 SPED Law  SPED 6110 SPED Law 
Summer   SPED 3030 Intro to SPED   

Have questions or want more information? Contact Dr. Jennifer McKenzie, jennifermckenzie1@suu.edu, 435-865-8209, Office ED 314


Undergraduate Degree

There are six required courses to earn a special education license through SUU. The only course that can be taken prior to admission to the College of Education is SPED 3030, Educating Exceptional Students. Taking this course in your Freshman or Sophomore year is recommended. The remaining five courses should be taken your Junior year, or the year prior to your block and student teaching.

Course Information

SPED 3030 Educating Exceptional Students: This course explores the wide range of exceptionalities found in schools. This includes special needs, gifted, at-risk, and disabled students and programs designed for their care and support. Offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer (online only) semesters.

SPED 4110 Special Education Law: This course reviews the role of federal, state, and local governments in special education issues with an emphasis on case and regulatory law. Focus will be place on how the IDEA impacts education. Offered in the evenings during the Fall semester and as a hybrid course in the summer semester.

SPED 4120 Applied Behavior Analysis and Management: This course helps students understand how to analyze behaviors apply interventions, and monitor strategies designed to assist students with mild/moderate disabilities. Offered in the evenings in the Fall semester.

SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies for Mild/Moderate Disabilities: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the curricular needs of students with mild/moderate disabilities, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Offered in the evenings during the Fall semester and as a hybrid course in the summer semester.

SPED 4145 Collaboration and Transition: This course reviews collaboration and consultation for life and vocational skills, as well as transition planning for a continuum of students with mild/moderate disabilities. Offered in the evenings during the Spring semester.

SPED 4160 Report Writing: This course will emphasize how the teacher can evaluate student academic and behavioral progress, IEP status, and the ability to interpret, analyze, and synthesize data and report summaries. Offered in the evenings during the fall semester.

When Courses are Offered

Semester Undergraduate (4000 level)
Fall SPED 4110 Sped Law
Fall SPED 4160 Report Writing
Fall SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies
Spring SPED 4120 ABA
Spring SPED 4145 Coll/Transition
Summer SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies
Summer SPED 4110 SPED Law

Specialization Options Adding Routes to Licensure Scholarship Program

The SOAR to Licensure project at SUU is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities in special and general education programs grades K-12. Students who finish SOAR to Licensure project will earn a licensure in mild to moderate disabilities and an elementary education or secondary education licensure in a content area of their choice. The program is competency based and organized around the Utah Effective Teaching and the Council for Exceptional Children Initial Level Special Educator Preparation standards to ensure that graduates are prepared to meet the needs of diverse learners.

How will the SOAR Program benefit you?

  • $5,000.00 towards tuition for 2 years while completing special education coursework and student teaching
  • Increase your marketability by adding a special education teaching license

Who's eligible?

  • 10 students in each cohort
  • Elementary or secondary undergraduate education majors who are within 2 years of finishing their program (starting Junior year or later)
  • You must begin SPED coursework in the Fall of 2018, finish SPED coursework in the Spring of 2019, and (for a second year of funding) complete block and student teaching during the 2019-2020 academic year

Additional funding will be sought for future cohorts in the program, so stay tuned!

Please use the following link to apply for the 2018-2020 cohort: https://goo.gl/forms/J59tAIjzeRcqktK93


Special Education Hybrid Licensure Program (Graduate)

This program contains five, graduate level courses in special education. The recommended pathway for completing these courses is to take all courses offered in a given semester and take no longer than three semesters (including summer) to finish all five courses. 

Course Information

SPED 6110 Special Education Law: This course reviews the role of federal, state, and local governments in special education issues with an emphasis on case and regulatory law. Focus will be place on how the IDEA impacts education. Offered in the evenings during the Fall semester and as a hybrid course in the summer semester.

SPED 6120 Applied Behavior Analysis and Management: This course helps students understand how to analyze behaviors apply interventions, and monitor strategies designed to assist students with mild/moderate disabilities. Offered in the evenings in the Fall semester.

SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies for Mild/Moderate Disabilities: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the curricular needs of students with mild/moderate disabilities, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Offered in the evenings during the Fall semester and as a hybrid course in the summer semester.

SPED 6145 Collaboration and Transition: This course reviews collaboration and consultation for life and vocational skills, as well as transition planning for a continuum of students with mild/moderate disabilities. Offered in the evenings during the Spring semester.

SPED 6160 Report Writing: This course will emphasize how the teacher can evaluate student academic and behavioral progress, IEP status, and the ability to interpret, analyze, and synthesize data and report summaries. Offered in the evenings during the fall semester.

Visit the course catalog for more information regarding the Special Education Hybrid Licensure Program

When Courses are Offered

Semester Undergraduate (4000 level)
Fall SPED 6110 Sped Law
Fall SPED 6160 Report Writing
Fall SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies
Spring SPED 6120 ABA
Spring SPED 6145 Coll/Transition
Summer SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies
Summer SPED 6110 SPED Law

Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL) Pathway

Utah’s ARL program is a pathway for individuals without a background in education to become licensed Utah Educators. The program is also a pathway for current Utah educators to add new areas of concentration to their existing license.

Who's eligible?

  • Individuals who can provide documentation of required content knowledge in a subject area taught in schools can apply for ARL.
    • Generally, this means the applicant has a Bachelor’s Degree or above and coursework from an accredited university in the subject area
  • Individuals who are hired in a qualifying teaching position.

State Requirements

Course Information

SPED 3030 Educating Exceptional Students: This course explores the wide range of exceptionalities found in schools. This includes special needs, gifted, at-risk, and disabled students and programs designed for their care and support. Offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer (online only) semesters.

IELP 5513-491 (SPED 5110) Special Education Law: This course reviews the role of federal, state, and local governments in special education issues with an emphasis on case and regulatory law. Focus will be place on how the IDEA impacts education. Offered in the evenings during the Fall semester and as a hybrid course in the summer semester.

IELP 5595-491 (SPED 5120) Applied Behavior Analysis and Management: This course helps students understand how to analyze behaviors apply interventions, and monitor strategies designed to assist students with mild/moderate disabilities. Offered in the evenings in the Fall semester.

IELP 5593-492 (SPED 5130) Curriculum Strategies for Mild/Moderate Disabilities: This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the curricular needs of students with mild/moderate disabilities, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Offered in the evenings during the Fall semester and as a hybrid course in the summer semester.

SPED 4145 Collaboration and Transition: This course reviews collaboration and consultation for life and vocational skills, as well as transition planning for a continuum of students with mild/moderate disabilities. Offered in the evenings during the Spring semester.

IELP 5990-491 (SPED 5160) Report Writing: This course will emphasize how the teacher can evaluate student academic and behavioral progress, IEP status, and the ability to interpret, analyze, and synthesize data and report summaries. Offered in the evenings during the fall semester.

When Courses are Offered

Semester Undergraduate (4000 level)
Fall SPED 5110 Sped Law
Fall SPED 5160 Report Writing
Fall SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies
Spring SPED 5120 ABA
Spring SPED 5145 Coll/Transition
Spring SPED 3030 Intro to SPED
Summer SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies
Summer SPED 4110 SPED Law
Summer SPED 3030 Intro to SPED

How to Register

Participant registration instructions for each course:

  • IELP 5513-491 (SPED 5110) Special Education Law (Fall 2018)
  • IELP 5595-491 (SPED 5120) Applied Behavior Analysis and Management (Spring 2019)
  • IELP 5593-492 (SPED 5130) Curriculum Strategies for Mild/Moderate Disabilities (Fall 2018)
  • SPED 4145 Collaboration and Transition (Spring 2019)
  • IELP 5990-491 (SPED 5160) Report Writing (Fall 2018)
  • SPED 3030 Educating Exceptional Students (Spring or Summer 2019)

Contact Leilani Nautu, Ph.D, K-12 Professional Development Program Director
Phone: (435) 865-8085 Email: k12inservice@suu.edu 


Utah State Licensure Test Requirement

USBE Test Requirements page

Required Praxis I Exams for Specific Licensure Paths

  • Elementary Education (K-6) License Area: TEST CODE 5001 – ELEMENTARY EDUCATION: MULTIPLE SUBJECTS
  • Secondary Education License: VARIES ACCORDING TO ENDORSEMENT AREA
  • Special Education (K-12) License Area: TEST CODE 5354 – SPECIAL EDUCATION CORE KNOWLEDGE AND APPLICATIONS

Required Praxis II Exams for Specific Licensure Paths

  • Elementary Education: TEST CODE 5622: PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING AND TEACHING: GRADES K-6
  • Middle School Education: TEST CODE 5623: PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING AND TEACHING: GRADES 5-9
  • Secondary Education: TEST CODE 5624: PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING AND TEACHING: GRADES 9-12

Masters of Education at SUU

If you complete credits in the Special Education Alternate Route to Licensure Program (ARL), you can transfer up to 12 of those credits towards electives in the Master of Education Program. For more information, visit https://www.suu.edu/ed/graduate/master or contact:

Tamara Lovell, M.Ed. and Non-degree Seeking Graduate Study Program Specialist
Phone: (435) 865-8759 Email: tamaralovell@suu.edu