Department of Teacher Education & Family Development

Special Education

Hello Current Students!

Are you currently planning to add a special education mild/moderate license to your elementary or secondary education degree?  Have you considered adding this license but haven’t yet committed? GREAT NEWS! The College of Education can help fund your Junior and Senior academic years through grant funding provided by the Utah State Board of Education! The grant will provide $5000 toward your tuition for 2 years for 9 undergraduate students! What are the requirements? 

1. Add special education licensure to an elementary or secondary education degree

2. Commit to teaching in Utah for up to two years 

3. Begin SPED coursework by the Fall of 2019 and finish student teaching by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, click on the link below. If more than 9 people apply for this grant opportunity, an interview process will take place in at the end of April. Final award decisions will be complete by the beginning of May. If you have any questions, you can contact Jennifer McKenzie (jennifermckenzie1@suu.edu) or Nichole Wangsgard (wangsgard@suu.edu).

Application Link: https://forms.gle/wWkAY5z1cgbkMVD99

Thanks,

Jennifer and Nichole

 

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 M.Ed. 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.
Overview of Programs
Semester Undergraduate
(4000 level)
ARL Licensure
(5000 level)
M.Ed. Licensure
(6000 level)
Fall SPED 4120 ABA SPED 5120 ABA SPED 6100 Programming
& Management
Fall SPED 4110 History & Law SPED 5110 History & Law  
Fall SPED 4160 Assessment SPED 5160 Assessment SPED 6160 Assessment
Fall SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies   
Fall SPED 3030 Intro to SPED  SPED 3030 Intro to SPED  
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 4160 Assessment    
Spring SPED 3030 Intro to SPED SPED 3030 Intro to SPED   
Summer SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies  SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies 
Summer SPED 4110 History & Law SPED 5110 History & Law SPED 6110 History & Law
Summer SPED 3030 Intro to SPED 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 History & Law: This course examines the history of American education and law over the last 500 years. The roles of the federal state, and local governments in education will also be a focus of the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on how IDEA and other federal laws impact education.

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.

SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies: 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. 

SPED 4145 Collaboration and Transition: This course reviews interagency collaboration and consultation for life and vocational skills, as well as transition planning for a continuum of students with mild/moderate disabilities.

SPED 4160 Assessment for Learning and Data Driven Decisions: This course will emphasize how teachers use assessment as they create learning outcomes and make data-driven decisions for all learners. The course will also emphasize how to evaluate student academic progress with formal and informal tests, attend or conduct IEP meetings, and interpret, analyze, and synthesize data.

When Courses are Offered

Course Offerings (Undergraduate)
Semester Undergraduate (4000 level)
Fall SPED 4110 History & Law
Fall SPED 4120 ABA
Fall SPED 4160 Assessment
Fall SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies
Fall SPED 3030 Intro to SPED
Spring SPED 4120 ABA
Spring SPED 4145 Coll/Transition
Spring SPED 4160 Assessment
Spring SPED 3030 Intro to SPED
Summer SPED 4130 Curriculum Strategies
Summer SPED 4110 History & Law
Summer SPED 3030 Intro to SPED

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 M.Ed. Licensure Program (Graduate)

This program contains six, 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 six courses. 

Course Information

SPED 6100 Programming & Management: This course provides an overview of the service patterns, management needs, organizational variables, and instructional models necessary for success with students with mild/moderate disabilities.

SPED 6110 History & Law: This course examines the history of American education and law over the last 500 years. The roles of the federal state, and local governments in education will also be a focus of the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on how IDEA and other federal laws impact education.

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.

SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies: 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. 

SPED 6145 Collaboration and Transition: This course reviews interagency collaboration and consultation for life and vocational skills, as well as transition planning for a continuum of students with mild/moderate disabilities.

SPED 6160 Assessment for Learning and Data Driven Decisions: This course will emphasize how teachers use assessment as they create learning outcomes and make data-driven decisions for all learners. The course will also emphasize how to evaluate student academic progress with formal and informal tests, attend or conduct IEP meetings, and interpret, analyze, and synthesize data.

Visit the course catalog for more information regarding the Special Education M.Ed. Licensure Program

When Courses are Offered

Course Offerings (Graduate)
Semester M.Ed. Licensure (6000 level)
Fall SPED 6100 Program Management
Fall SPED 6160 Assessment
Spring SPED 6120 ABA
Spring SPED 6145 Coll/Transition
Summer SPED 6130 Curriculum Strategies
Summer SPED 6110 History & 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.

SPED 5110 History & Law: This course examines the history of American education and law over the last 500 years. The roles of the federal state, and local governments in education will also be a focus of the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on how IDEA and other federal laws impact education.

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.

SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies: 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. 

SPED 5145 Collaboration and Transition: This course reviews interagency collaboration and consultation for life and vocational skills, as well as transition planning for a continuum of students with mild/moderate disabilities.

SPED 5160 Assessment for Learning and Data Driven Decisions: This course will emphasize how teachers use assessment as they create learning outcomes and make data-driven decisions for all learners. The course will also emphasize how to evaluate student academic progress with formal and informal tests, attend or conduct IEP meetings, and interpret, analyze, and synthesize data.

When Courses are Offered

Course Offerings (ARL)
Semester ARL Licensure (5000 level)
Fall SPED 5120 ABA
Fall SPED 5110 History & Law
Fall SPED 5160 Assessment
Fall SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies
Fall SPED 3030 Intro SPED
Spring SPED 5120 ABA
Spring SPED 5145 Coll/Transition
Spring SPED 3030 Intro to SPED
Summer SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies
Summer SPED 5110 SPED Law
Summer SPED 3030 Intro to SPED

How to Register

Participant registration instructions for each course:

  • SPED 5110 History & Law
  • SPED 5120 Applied Behavior Analysis and Management
  • SPED 5130 Curriculum Strategies
  • SPED 5145 Collaboration and Transition
  • SPED 5160 Assessment for Learning and Data Driven Decisions
  • SPED 3030 Educating Exceptional Students

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

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