Special Education
Application Deadlines
Spring:January 15
Contact Information: 
340 MCKB
Program Requirements: 

The program in special education prepares graduate students to provide collaborative leadership to facilitate academic and social learning for all students including those with disabilities and/or those at-risk for learning and behavioral problems.  In order to prepare special educators to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams the masters program focuses on a Multi-tiered System of Supports and Applied Behavior Analysis.  The masters program is open to special education teachers, other educators, as well as students from other disciplines.  Courses are taught in the evenings to accommodate current school teacher's schedules during Fall, Winter, and Spring.  Spring and Summer enrollment is also required.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours: 36 hours minimum.
  • Required courses: CPSE 601, 614, 615, 618, 619, 620, 673, 688R and 699R; plus five hours of electives.
  • Residence: part-time evening class attendance; required Spring/Summer term enrollment.
  • Examinations: oral defense of thesis and comprehensive evaluation of content knowledge.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


Most successful applicants have scores that average above the median (50th percentile)

Additional Requirements

  1. Evidence of successful experience working with students at risk or with disabilities
  2. Preference given to applicants who have a teaching license in general education, special education, or a related service qualification

Deadline notes

Six to ten applicants are admitted each year

Program Outcomes: 

Current Issues in Special Education

Analyze current issues in education in terms of scientific evidences. Students demonstrate through written assignments, their understanding of current issues. Students identify a research topic that is relevant to the current issues and that will add to the knowledge-base of education.

Effective Writing

Design, conduct, write, and defend a comprehensive manuscript based upon original research. Students prepare and orally defend a written thesis based upon research in current issues in education.

Professional Education Practices

Demonstrate knowledge and use of evidence-based and effective educational practices to improve academic learning, teach social/behavioral skills.

Leadership and Collaboration

Demonstrate knowledge of effective leadership skills to work collaboratively with school professionals, paraprofessionals, and families of children who are at risk or have disabilities.

Legal Issues in Special Education

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and legal procedures for providing services to students with disabilities.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 17
International 3
Female 15
LDS 17
Non-White 3
BYU Undergraduate 13
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 304.2
GRE Quantitative Score 150.1
GRE Quantitative Percentile 42.0
GRE Verbal Score 154.2
GRE Verbal Percentile 62.1
GRE Analytical Score 4.2
GRE Analytical Percentile 61.2
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 3.1
Graduated Per Year 4.0
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 11.7
Admitted Per Year 9.7
Percent Admitted 82.86
Average GPA 3.59