Counseling Psychology and Special Education

Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education
Department Information
340 MCKB
Advisement Center
350 MCKB

Admission to Degree Program

Students must apply to the Counseling Psychology and Special Education Department for admission to the special education undergraduate degree. Information can be found online at and applicants may apply online at See additional information below.

General Information

Admission to BS Programs

Among other factors, the application review process involves consideration of the following:

  1. Significant experience working with individuals who have disabilities (see Special Education Exploratory Experience Log and Summary Report in the online application).
  2. Fingerprint background clearance. See Education Student Services (350 MCKB) for instructions.
  3. Successful completion of technology skills assessment.
  4. Meeting Educator Preparation Program (EPP) requirements.
  5. Successful completion of the following courses: 
    For the Mild/Moderate Disabilities Emphasis:
    • Complete the following courses with a B- or above: CPSE 403, CPSE 425
    • Complete the following course with a C or above: MthEd 305
    For the Severe Disabilities Emphasis:
    • Complete the following courses with a B- or above: CPSE 403, CPSE 425, PETE 461
    • Complete the following courses with a C or above: ASL 101, ASL 102, MthEd 305

Additional Licensing Requirements

It is the student's responsibility to be sure that the approved PRAXIS II test has been passed and that BYU has received the test scores, that the student's fingerprint background clearance is current, and that state licensing fees have been paid. Students will also be responsible for any additional requirements imposed by the state prior to their graduation. To confirm the status of these requirements, contact Education Student Services, 350 MCKB, (801) 422-3426. Graduation and Utah licensure cannot be processed until these requirements have been completed.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The University Core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see here.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs Available

This department also offers graduate degree programs. For more information, see Graduate Studies.