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Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Options &
Program Information At-A-Glance

(Endorsement/Initial or Second Licensure)

Kaitlin Lindsey


Academic Advising Coordinator
Kaitlin Lindsey



Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Options in Special Education

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SP ED Endorsement/Licensure Only

SP ED Endorsement/Licensure Only

Students who have previously been awarded a degree (minimum level: bachelor) are eligible to take classes in our endorsement/initial or second licensure only programs. Students in these programs are not seeking a degree from the University of Utah; instead, students will complete only the requirements needed for a  teaching license in an area of special education.

Programs are offered in the following areas: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Preschool Special Education/Early Intervention, Visual Impairments, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Deafblind.

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BCBA Program

BCBA Program

Students who have previously been awarded a degree (minimum level: master) are eligible to take classes in our BCBA program. Please be aware that a student’s Master degree must be from one of three areas: Education, Psychology or Behavior Analysis.

Students in this program are not seeking a degree from the University of Utah; instead, students will complete only the requirements needed to sit for the national BCBA certification exam.


Endorsement/Licensure Only Students

All Endorsement/Licensure only Special Education students must be first admitted to the University of Utah as a “Non-Matriculated” student
(a student who has permission to register for classes, but is not working toward a degree).

Apply for Admission to the University of Utah as a “Non-Matriculated” student

Visit the Office of Admissions website to view application deadlines, apply for admission to the University of Utah as a “Non-Matriculated” student and pay the application fee. Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions electronically or by mail.

Select a Specialization Area

Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Severe Disabilities
Preschool/ Early Intervention
Visual Impairments
Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Meet with the Special Education Academic Advisor

Schedule an appointment with an Academic Advising Coordinator. The advisor will introduce you to the academic programs and resources in the Department of Special Education.

Apply for Admission to the Department of Special Education

Learn more about the prerequisites and application process for admission to the Department of Special Education.

admissions checklist
professional statement instructions
Letter of Recommendation form
background check instructions


Additional Information

Once permission to register as a "Non-Matriculated" student has been granted, you may continue to take classes each term as long as you stay in good standing with the University. If you do not register in at least one credit course each semester (not including the summer semester), you will be required to reapply before you can begin taking classes again.

Credit earned as a "Non-Matriculated" student will only be applied toward a degree after you become a "Matriculated" (degree-seeking) student. A maximum of 9 hours graduate credit from the University of Utah may be considered toward an advanced degree (M.Ed. or M.S.).

Each non-matriculated student will be classified as a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes. Non-Matriculated students are NOT eligible for Financial Aid or Scholarships, thus it is encouraged to apply for private student loan options if aid is needed to support your studies.


The Utah State Board of Education grants teaching licenses. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are recommended for licensure. The program requires completion of the teacher education core in special education and a sequence of specialization courses in the mild/moderate disabilities field of study. The teacher education core has been designed to provide the student with skills in essential areas of assessment, instructional design and management, behavior management, collaboration, curriculum, and legal issues in special education.

Specialization courses expand upon the skills and methods that have been introduced through the teacher education core. The courses introduce specific educational strategies that are effective for particular student populations. Each program has been structured to develop the required skills through hands-on, practical learning opportunities; therefore, the program provides multiple field-based experiences. Such experiences within the program area gives students the opportunity to observe, question, test, and modify different instructional techniques under the guidance of a trained cooperating teacher and department faculty.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, Teacher License Requirements, Praxis II examination (#5354 or #5543), Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT), Foundations of Reading Test (Pearson), and successful completion of background check, students are recommended for licensure to the Utah State Board of Education.

ESL Endorsement

Upon completion of ESL courses, students seeking an ESL Endorsement must take the English to Speakers of Other Languages Praxis Test #5362 in order to receive the Endorsement from the State.

Last Updated: 9/8/22