College of Education



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.



We offer a Minor in Special Education to undergraduates that wish to better understand and have the skills necessary to support individuals with disabilities and their families. This minor is applicable across a broad range of fields and is a good choice for students whose chosen careers will include work with students with disabilities and their families. The Minor in Special Education also allows students to obtain a Master’s in Special Education in a shortened time frame (1 year vs. 2 years).

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The Urban Institute for Teacher Education prepares educators to serve students and educational communities in all their rich diversity. We conceive of educational diversity as the dynamic engagement of a range of cultural and urban traditions, including individual differences in ability. Our goal is an educational process where teachers, leaders, and teacher educators draw upon multidisciplinary research and direct urban inquiry to serve all students well.

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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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OUR Majors

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.


Harker-Ferguson Endowed Scholarship Fund
Herbert I. and Elsa B. Michael Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship
The Hilda Christensen Larsen Endowed Scholarship for Sensory Impairments
The Nyla D. Schowe Endowed Scholarship in Special Education

Degrees offered

Special Education BS

Department of Special Education


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