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Get to Know the McKay School

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

The McKay School of Education offers a variety of opportunities to BYU students throughout their college experience. From experiential learning opportunities to transformative classroom experiences, the staff and faculty aim to fulfill the official mission statement:

“We strive to model the attributes of Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, as we prepare professionals who educate with an eternal perspective."

The McKay School focuses on helping others and positively impacting communities. There is not only a focus on academics, but on how we can become, and help our future students become, the best people we possibly can. Overall, it's the best place to be on campus! Not that we're biased or anything....

The McKay School offers 5 majors:

  1. Communication Disorders

  2. Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3)

  3. Elementary Education (K-6)

  4. Physical Education Teaching/Coaching (K-12)

  5. Special Education (K-12)

What are the differences? What is offered in each program? How do I know if this major is for me?

Those are all great questions, and you should consider them as you read through the quick overview of the majors below!

Communication Disorders—The Communication Disorders (COMD) program prepares students with a concrete foundation to pursue further education to become a speech-language pathologist. Speech language-pathologists work in education and health-care settings to help individuals with speech and language difficulties.

Elementary Education—The Elementary Education (ELED) program prepares you to be a skilled professional in the areas of literacy, mathematics, language arts, science, and more! All while making a difference in young children’s lives by teaching the building blocks for knowledge and lifelong learning. Teaching elementary grades allows you to be the person who helps a student unlock their potential for learning and sets them on the path for future success..

Early Childhood Education—The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares students to teach preschool, kindergarten, and primary grades (1–3). It helps prospective teachers learn how to effectively apply teaching theories in the classroom. With these theories, you will be able to make learning fun and exciting through mastering principles of child development theory and psychology.

Physical Education Teaching/Coaching—The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) major is designed to provide you with the necessary content knowledge and instructional skills to become a certified physical educator and coach. You can do this by teaching healthy habits to ensure an active lifestyle! Throughout the program, you learn to perform a variety of sports, dance, and recreational activities, along with teaching methods courses that connect application to teaching.

Special Education—The Special Education (SPED) program elevates the quality of life for children, youth, and adults by helping you learn how to empower students with the tools they need for success in education and beyond. You learn principles of psychology to modify behavior, use creative problem-solving to teach literacy skills in a new way, or teach necessary job skills. You will learn how to apply a variety of skills to work with diverse learners. You can choose to emphasize in mild/moderate disabilities or severe disabilities.

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