Alternative Teacher Preparation

Utah State University, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, offers three alternative teacher preparation (ATP) programs: Mild/Moderate, Severe, and Early Childhood Special Education. These programs offer courses required for licensure to work with students with mild/moderate and severe disabilities in the greater Salt Lake City area, or preschool-age children with disabilities in school districts throughout the state.

To be eligible for this program, participants must have a bachelor's degree (a teaching degree is NOT required) from an accredited college or university and be employed in an approved special education setting serving students with mild/moderate or severe disabilities, or in a preschool special education program.

Preparation includes academic coursework taken concurrently with supervised field-based experiences. Applications  for Mild Moderate and Severe are available in May for the following academic year.  Early Childhood Special Education students may apply at any time throughout the academic year.