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Undergraduate & Licensing Programs

Undergraduate On-Campus

The Special Education program at USU consistently ranks in the top 20 education programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Mild/Moderate Distance

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University offers the Mild/Moderate Distance Degree and Licensure Program.

Significant Disabilities Online/Distance

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University offers a Severe Distance Degree and Licensure Program.

Alternative Teacher Preparation

Utah State University, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, offers three alternative teacher preparation (ATP) programs.

Masters Programs

Special Education

The master's degree in special education at Utah State University is considered an advanced level of preparation for professionals who work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Counseling

USU's Rehabilitation Counseling program is fully accredited through summer of 2017 by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) to provide graduate-level training in the field of rehabilitation counseling. 

Disability Disciplines Doctoral Studies

The Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program will focus on producing the next generation of university professors and other national leaders in disciplines related to disabilities.

Employment Specialist Training

The Employment Specialist Training Project provides training for community rehabilitation providers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, transition teachers, and others who provide integrated employment support to people with disabilities.  A 40 hour, competency-based training is offered in locations throughout Utah and synchronous topical webinars are scheduled throughout the year.
Timothy Riesen

National Resource Center for Paraeducators

NRCP The NRCP serves paraeducators; teachers; policymakers and administrators; other education professionals; occupational, physical and speech-language therapists; early childhood specialists; personnel developers in 2 & 4 year colleges and universities; and other stakeholders.  It is the mission of the NRCP to address policy questions and other needs of the field, provide technical assistance and share information about policy questions, management practices, regulatory procedures, and training models that will enable administrators and staff-developers to improve the recruitment, deployment, supervision, and career development of paraeducators.
Marilyn Likins, Ph.D.


Technology, Research, and Education in Special Education (TRI-SPED) is dedicated to developing high-quality disability training and support materials. These award winning programs have undergone cycles of comprehensive, national field-testing & refinement. We currently provide training programs and materials for Teachers, Paraeducators, Job Coaches, and Job Seekers.
Rebecca Morgan
Robert L. Morgan, Ph.D.

Aggies Elevated

Jared C. Schultz, Ph.D.

Institute for Interdisciplinary Transition Services

IITS is designed to empirically validate and promote the use of interdisciplinary transition services for students with disabilities and their families. Developed to conduct research on the role of professional disciplines in promoting successful transition outcomes, IITS seeks to create partnerships with multiple agencies inside and outside USU.
Dr. Robert L. Morgan

Transition Specialist Program

Transitions Specialist Logo A program for licensed special education teachers concentrating on transition of youth with disabilities from special education services to adulthood. Program involves 39-40 credit hours over 4-5 semesters. Stipends and tuition reimbursement available for qualified, full-time teachers.
Robert L. Morgan, Ph.D.

Inter-University Teacher Recruitment Project

A program to recruit future special education teachers to the teacher education program of their choice, in order to address the Utah teacher shortage.  The project will recruit individuals from high probability target groups (primarily paraeducators) to become special education teachers at universities of their choice
Julia Lyman
Rebecca Morgan

Doctoral Leadership for Language and Literacy Outcomes

This multidisciplinary doctoral program track focuses on research and intervention to improve language and literacy outcomes of students with disabilities.  The primary goal of this track is to prepare new PhDs in special education and speech-language pathology who have strong knowledge and experience in evidence-based language and literacy research, and personnel preparation.  The new track is part of the Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and is supported by a grant from the US Department of Education which provides financial support for doctoral students.
Dr. Timothy A. Slocum (Special Education)
Dr. Ronald B. Gillam (Speech-Language Pathology)

Migrant Head Start / USU Partnership

Drs. Durán, Jump, and Innocenti will collaborate for the next 5 years with Centro de la Familia to lead the curriculum selection, assessment systems, teacher professional development, and program evaluation for all Migrant Head Start programs in Utah. The goal is to improve the school readiness of the participating children through  implementing a response to intervention model that will include targeted, bilingual, and evidence-based instruction and ongoing progress monitoring  to identify children early who may need extra instructional support.
Lillian Durán, Ph.D.

Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators Project

This project, conducted collaboratively by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Utah State University, will develop, evaluate, and test the implementation of a newly developed suite of Individual Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs) developed specifically to assess the language and early literacy development of Spanish-speaking preschool children.
Lillian Durán, Ph.D.

Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports Dr. Scott Ross serves as the lead Institute of Higher Education (IHE) consultant for the Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports (UMTSS) initiative, which provides leadership and support for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in sustained implementation of evidence-based practices. UMTSS addresses both academic and behavioral needs of all students through the integration of data, practices, and systems.
Scott W. Ross, Ph.D.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Training Grants

Currently, the USU Master's Rehabilitation Counseling Program has 3 federal training grants.  These grants provide full tuition and small stipends to eligible students.  Eligibility requirements vary, depending upon which grant the student receives funding.  Payback requirements include a specified amount of time in approved employment following graduation.
Kathleen Oertle, Ph.D.
Julie F. Smart, Ph.D.

Bullying Prevention

Dr. Scott Ross conducts research, professional development, and technical assistance on a framework of bullying prevention, including multiple tiers of support at the primary and secondary levels. 

Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Support Stand for Courage
Scott W. Ross, Ph.D.

Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT)

The Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) program at Utah State University provides research-based support to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families and teachers and other professionals who work with individuals with ASD.
Thomas S. Higbee, Ph.D.
Lyndsay Nix

Employability Clinic

The mission of the USU EmployAbility Clinic is to provide high quality disability-related consultation to employers, individualized vocational evaluation and support for eligible individuals with disabilities and their support systems, and training opportunities for vocational rehabilitation students and professionals.
Jared C. Schultz, Ph.D.

Utah Behavior Support Clinic

Some individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities (e.g., autism) engage in severe problem behavior such as self-injury, aggression, and property destruction. The Severe Behavior Clinic provides state-of-the-art outpatient assessment and treatment services for individuals between the ages of 2 and 60 who engage.
Tyra Sellers, Ph.D.