Special Education
Application Deadlines
Fall:Jan 15
Contact Information: 
340 MCKB
Program Requirements: 

The program in special education prepares graduates to provide collaborative leadership to facilitate academic and social learning for all students including individuals with disabilities and/or those at-risk for learning or behavioral problems. To prepare graduate level special educators and behavior analysts to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams the masters program focuses on Applied Behavior Analysis and Multi-tiered System of Supports.  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.  

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours: 36 hours minimum.
  • Required courses: CPSE 601, 603614, 615, 618620, 628673, and 699R; plus six hours of electives.
  • Residence: spring term attendance required 
  • 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 and Behavior Analysis

Students will be able to analyze current issues in education and behavior analysis in terms of scientific evidences. Students will 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 and behavior analysis.

Effective Writing

Students will 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 and/or behavior analysis.

Professional Practices

Students will demonstrate knowledge and use of evidence-based and effective educational practices to improve academic learning, teach social/behavioral skills. Adherence to discipline ethical system. Special Educators adhere to the CEC ethical principles and Behavior Analysts adhere to the BACB ethical code.

Leadership and Collaboration

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