College of Education

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

The College of Education provides a learning environment that fosters discovery and dissemination of knowledge to promote learning, equitable access, and enhanced learning outcomes for all students. Through the integration of outstanding teaching, research, and community outreach, the College of Education investigates significant issues impacting education policy and practice, while preparing its students for leadership and excellence within a diverse and changing educational community.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES


CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION (CATE)

The Center for the Advancement of Technology in Education (CATE) focuses on the research and implementation of technology in education. It is operated through the College of Education at the University of Utah. The CATE provides resources to aid teachers, parents, and researchers in the understanding and application of educational technology.

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PATHWAYS FOR AMERICAN INDIANS THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION (PATHS)

The College of Education at the University of Utah is dedicated to creating pathways for American Indians that lead to educational excellence in a variety of education fields. Four departments and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education, offer preparation for teachers, leaders, counselors, and educational researchers.

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UTAH READS

The mission of the Utah Reads program at the University of Utah is to provide effective, quality tutoring in literacy to the elementary aged students of our community partners. In order to meet our mission, the Utah Reads program provides comprehensive tutor training in partnership with the University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC), develops leadership skills, and fosters mutually beneficial community partnerships.

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UTAH EDUCATION POLICY CENTER (UEPC)

The Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit University of Utah research center in the College of Education that bridges research, policy, and practice in public schools and higher education. The UEPC is committed to increasing educational equity, excellence, access, and opportunities for all children and adults.

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OUR DEPARTMENTS


Special Education

The undergraduate Special Education teacher education program provides professional training for those who wish to be educators for young children and students with disabilities. Through a combination of academic coursework and hands-on experience, you will graduate with the critical thinking skills, pedagogical knowledge, and human understanding you need to be an effective educator to those with unique education needs. Students who successfully complete the program are recommended for licensure to the Utah State Office of Education; once licensure is granted, students may become teachers in the state of Utah. The program offers five areas of emphasis:

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Severe Disabilities
  • Visual Impairment

Student Experiences at the U

If you want to enrich your studies, consider completing an undergraduate research project or learning abroad experience. Students who want to get involved on campus have a number of opportunities to do so through the following:

  • Education & Advocacy Bennion Center Group
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • Special Education Student Advisory Committee

The Urban Institute for Teacher Education hosts outreach events to students and the community, and both the Utah Multi-University Consortium Teacher Preparation Program and the Utah Education Network offer resources that will help you in your career as an educator.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program who have received their licensure to teach may become special education teachers at the preschool, elementary, middle school, or high school level. Remain in Utah and work in a school system here, or move to another state to practice your special education skills in a new environment and community.

For students who complete graduate programs, careers as administrators, principals, professors, counselors, or advisors are also possible.

Scholarships

Department Scholarships

Degrees offered

Special Education BS

Department of Special Education

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