Undergraduate Admissions Information
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Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education
Preparation for Utah Basic Teaching License in Special Education in any of the following areas: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Preschool/Early Intervention Special Education, Visual Impairments, Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Students complete approximately 122 semester hours of credit in order to graduate with a B.S. in Special Education through the Department of Special Education. Additional information is available at Bachelor of Science in Special Education.
Minimum Admission Requirements
In accordance with the Utah State Office of Education’s ruling R277-502-3(5), the University of Utah’s Department of Special Education has established entry requirements designed to ensure that only well qualified individuals enter the program. Minimum requirements for admission in the University of Utah’s Department of Special Education include:
(a) a minimum GPA of 3.0
(b) proof of a USBE-cleared fingerprint background check
The Admissions Committee in the Department of Special Education will take a holistic approach in evaluating each applicant’s file by examining: GPA, letters of recommendation, applicant’s personal statement and work history.
As stipulated by the Utah State Office of Education’s ruling R277-502-3(5), the University of Utah’s Department of Special Education may waive the minimum GPA entrance requirements for no more than 10 percent of an entrance cohort based on guidelines established by the Department.
All Undergraduate Special Education students must first be admitted to the University
of Utah as a "Matriculated"
student (a student who is working toward a degree).
Are you admitted to the University of Utah?
In order to study with the Department of Special Education, students must be admitted to the University of Utah. If you are needing to apply as a pre-special education student, please visit the Office of Admissions website for more information.
Do you have at least 24 credit hours completed?
In addition to the Department’s above minimum admission requirements, students must have at least 24 credit hours of university course work (or accepted transfer credit) completed, including EDU 1010 (or equivalent) by the beginning of the semester for which they are seeking admission.
Meet with the Special Education Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with the Special Education Academic Advisor. The advisor will introduce you to the academic programs and resources in the Department of Special Education.
Select your Area of Specialization
Choose your Admission Date
*NOTE: If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday.
Apply for Admission to the Department of Special Education by the deadline
A completed application to the Department of Special Education includes; a submitted application, a written (two-page) professional statement, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and proof of a USBE-cleared (CBI/FBI) fingerprint background check.