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Special Education and Rehabilitation Application Instructions

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University offers licensure programs in Mild/Moderate, Severe, Birth to Age Five and Visual Impairment specializations. Admission to the program occurs each fall, and students are admitted as part of an annual cohort.

Requirements for Admission:

  • 40 attempted hours (this means you will have 40 credits by the end of fall semester)
  • Cleared background check through Utah State Board of Education (utah.gov/teachers)
  • 3.00 Minimum GPA. A few waivers are available if your scores are not this high. Download the waiver application

Complete the following by end of Fall semester:

General Education Requirements:

  • ENGL 1010 with grade of C+ or higher
  • BAI with grade of C or higher
  • BLS with a grade of C or higher
  • BPS with a grade of C or higher
  • HDFS 1500 (formerly FCHD 1500) with a grade of C or higher

Math Requirements:

  • Mild/Moderate and Severe emphasis need two of the following 3 math classes completed with a C or higher. The third class needs to be completed spring semester. The three classes are Math 1050 or 1051, Math 2010 and Math 2020.
  • Birth to 5 majors need only one math class – either Math 1050 or STAT 1040 completed with a C or higher.
  • Write a one-page letter to the Admissions Committee: Why I want to be a special education teacher and why I think I will be a good special education teacher
  • Ethics exam results  - take the exam at utah.gov/teachers. Keep a copy of your results (the email). You will need your cactus ID number to do the ethics review. This is on your background check email from the state so you need to complete the background check before you will be able to complete the ethics review.
  • Take the Praxis ELED Content Test (5001).  Results must be back by October 10 so take the test at least by September 7.

Apply online at by October 10. You will hear back if you are admitted by Nov 1. Admitted students will take Professional Education courses during spring semester.

Files to include in the Application:

  • Copy of current transcript, including any classes currently in progress (It can be unofficial)
  • Proof of completed background check
  • Proof of completed ethics review
  • Letter to the admissions committee
  • Praxis Test results
  • Optional: Documentation of your experience with individuals with disabilities, this could include a transcript, letter from employer/supervisor, pay stub, thank you letter, etc. No documentation is needed for those who have a family member with a disability.

When you apply online, please make sure all your demographic information is correct. The admissions committee will use this information to communicate with your regarding your application.

Make sure you fill out the application for admission (not student teaching) and the application for special education (not elementary education or secondary education). 

Criminal Background Check

It is your responsibility to inform the Department of Special Education if you have been arrested or convicted of violating any law except minor traffic violations while you are a student in the program. Failure to disclose this information may affect your current status in the Special Education Teacher Program.


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