Dean: K. Richard Young, Professor, Counseling Psychology and
Associate Dean: Barbara Culatta, Professor, Communication Disorders
Associate Dean: Marie Tuttle, Teaching Professor, Teacher Education
The five departments in the David O. McKay School of Education are:
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
Educational Leadership and Foundations
Instructional Psychology and Technology
The principal purposes of the David O. McKay School of Education are:
McKay School Student Services Center
Jay Oliver, Supervisor
The McKay School of Education Sudent Services Center is designed to centrally locate a variety of programs for the purpose of better servicing students needs. Three major programs housed in the Student Services Center includes the Education Advisement and Certification Office, the Field Services Office, and the Scholarship Office.
Education Advisement and Certification Office
The Education Advisement and Certification Office assists students from the beginning of the freshman year through graduation and teacher licensure. Students majoring in elementary education, early childhood education, special education, or communication disorders are advised concerning general education and major requirements, graduation requirements, and teacher licensure procedures.
Secondary education majors in social science receive their total program advisement from the Education Advisement and Certification Office. Other secondary education majors receive advisement in general education and major requirements from their respective college advisement centers. All majors receive licensure advisement in the Education Advisement and Certification Office.
Students are encouraged to visit their advisement centers on a regular basis. Forms are available on the Web site: http://education.byu.edu/eac/index.html
Field Services Office
The Field Services Office assists students with student teaching and internship placements in local partnership schools and in schools selected for national and international programs. Students must make application and receive clearance for student teaching and internships by submitting a Student Teaching / Internship Application to Field Services, 120 MCKB. Forms are available on the Field Services Web site: http://www.education.byu.edu/fieldservices/index.html.
The McKay School of Education Scholarship Office provides a variety of private scholarships, grants and loans to students majoring in a teaching program and other McKay School majors or programs. The scholarship, loan, and grant application is available online at http://education.byu.edu/deans/scholarships.html.
Career Placement Office—Education
Lisa Christensen, Supervisor
The Education Placement Office seeks to assist students and alumni in their career search by providing students with tools, information, and encouragement to perform a successful job search. Students may register with the Education Placement Office by going to http://educationplacement.byu.edu and following the placement file Web site links. Registrants gain access to many valuable services including information and advisement on resumes, interviewing, networking, and teacher fair participation. The placement office also schedules recruiters and advertises job postings received from school districts across the nation and internationally.
Acceptance into Teacher Education Licensure Programs
Acceptance into teacher education licensure programs in the David O. McKay School of Education is based on a student's application and admission criteria, including an FBI background clearance. The David O. McKay School of Education seeks students who attain high educational standards and who evidence aptitude for teaching.
Secondary education majors are encouraged to take Sc Ed 276R in their sophomore year. Early childhood education and special education majors must complete their "Exploratory Experience in Education" (see advisor for details) before the final semester of their sophomore year, after which formal acceptance into professional program in the David O. McKay School of Education normally occurs.
Withdrawals. Students who withdraw from the university or who otherwise interrupt their education (excepting spring and summer terms) must expect, on returning to the university, to meet the most recent requirements for teacher education licensure programs.
Transfer Students. Students who transfer to the David O. McKay School of Education from a two-year college, another university, or another college within BYU must meet the requirements for acceptance set forth above.
Preparation of Teachers
Candidates for all teacher preparation programs are required to complete an application that includes core criteria for each program. Applications are available online at http://education.byu.edu/ted for all teaching majors except special education.
Fingerprint and Background Check
All candidates for teacher licensure are required by state statute to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check before participating in required field experiences. Fingerprinting can be done in the Education Advisement Center, 120 MCKB. Refer to the advisement center webstie: http://education.byu.edu.eac/index.html for a fingerprinting schedule. Allow from five to six weeks for fingerprints to be processed. FBI background clearance is valid for only three years. If clearance expires before graduation, candidates must repeat the fingerprinting and clearance process, including a new fee payment.
Failing to expunge a police record prior to the background check may result in a blocked registration while a panel reviews the charges. Candidates who cannot pass an FBI background check will be removed from the teacher education licensure program.
Early Childhood Teaching. Students who want to teach young children from prekindergarten through grade 3 should register in the Department of Teacher Education. Students receive advisement from the David O. McKay School of Education Advisement and Certification Office. Prior application and acceptance are required to enroll in the professional education course sequence. Students should plan their programs and course schedules with the designated advisors in the Education Advisement and Certification Office. Elementary education majors may elect to fullfill certification requirements for teaching P–K by completing a subject area emphasis in early childhood education. Contact the Education Advisement and Certification Office for further details.
Elementary School Teaching. Elementary education majors should check with their advisor in the Education Advisement and Certification Office for modifications to the program. An accepted application is required for admission to the elementary education licensure program. Applications must be completed before the final semester of the sophomore year. Applicants must demonstrate and maintain established standards for personal conduct and interpersonal skills as outlined in the program.
Students interested in elementary school teaching register in the Department of Teacher Education. Prior application and acceptance are required to take the professional sequence. Courses and prerequisites are listed in the Teacher Education section of this catalog. Students majoring in elementary education should plan their programs with the designated advisors in the Education Advisement and Certification Office.
Secondary School Teaching. Students who plan a career in secondary school teaching should register in the department of their academic major, except for social science majors, who register in the Department of Teacher Education. There is no major in secondary education per se, but students must complete professional education requirements as well as an academic teaching major or composite major. Some teaching majors require a teaching minor. Students should begin their professional preparation (Sc Ed 276R) during the sophomore year to facilitate scheduling the balance of the licensure program. For course listings and prerequisites, see the Department of Teacher Education section of this catalog. Students should plan their program with the designated advisors in their major advisement center.
Special Education Teaching. Students who plan to teach K–12 students with disabilities should apply through the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. Application materials for the program are available online at http://education.byu.edu/cpse/undergradapp.pdf. Both an accepted application and successful completion of the "Special Education Exploratory Experience" packet are required for admission. These must be completed before the final semester of the sophomore year so that alternate educational plans can be made—without prolonging the time to graduation—if the student is denied admittance into the special education program.
Applicants must demonstrate and maintain established standards for personal conduct and interpersonal skills as outlined. The program includes multiple practica in the schools, and spring/summer enrollment is required. In addition to core courses, majors select an area of emphasis in either mild/ moderate or severe disabilities. Students receive advisement from the Education Advisement and Certification Office.
Communication Disorders. Students interested in helping people who have language, speech, and hearing problems can major in communication disorders. The undergraduate major is open (no application is required) and students should formally request this major at the Education Advisement Center, 120 MCKB. The major is primarily preprofessional. It prepares students for graduate study in either speech-language pathology (requiring a master's degree) or audiology (requiring a doctor's degree). The major focuses on the nature and characteristics of normal and impaired human communication.
Student Teaching. The culminating experience for students in teacher education is a student teaching assignment in a public school classroom under the supervision of mentor teachers and university supervisors. Students must plan their programs carefully to meet requirements for student teaching.
Internships. Internship appointments in a public school are available and may substitute for student teaching. Internship appointments are for a full year and carry a modest stipend. Interested students should contact their major supervisor or liaison.
Application for Licensure
The licensure of teachers is a function of the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). Requirements for Utah licensure are available in the Education Advisement and Certification Office. As licensure requirements are frequently updated, students should check the Web sites and attend the update sessions offered by the Department of Teacher Education to stay informed. Although such modifications are not retroactive, they may still affect the uncompleted portion of a student's program.
Prior to graduation, students are responsible to take the required Praxis II Content Test, to have the test score sent to BYU, to pay the state licensing fees, and to check that their fingerprint background clearance is still current. 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 the Education Advisement Center, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426. Graduation and licensure cannot be processed until these requirements have been completed.
Students who apply for Utah licensure must have the recommendation of the dean of the David O. McKay School of Education. Students are encouraged to plan their programs with the assistance of advisors in the Education Advisement and Certification Office so that they will be assured of meeting requirements for licensure.
Certification/Licensure in Other States. Under reciprocity agreements, Utah licensure is accepted in those states where such agreements are in effect. Specific information is available in the Education Advisement and Certification Office. Students who plan to certify/license in another state should contact that state for requirements beyond those in Utah as early in their programs as possible.