Applying to the Special Education Program
Applying to a major can be a stressful task. We are here to help! In this post, we will break down this process into 5 easy steps to get you headed in the right direction.
Step 1 - Declare your pre-major online by completing the following steps
Go to mymap.byu.edu
Sign in with your Net ID and password
In the "Tools" section on the left-hand side of the screen, select "Change Major Request"
Click "Request a change of major"
Choose your desired pre-major from the drop down
Check the applicable boxes and click "Submit." It may take a few days for your request to be processed
You can also contact the Advisement Center by phone, email, or in person to declare your pre-major. Find ways to contact your advisor or schedule an appointment here.
Step 2 - Complete Prerequisite Courses and Other Requirements
CPSE 203 - Introduction to Special Education
CPSE 480 - Educational and Multicultural issues in Special Education
CPSE 420 - Applied Behavioral Analysis
MTHED 305 - Basic Concepts of Mathematics
MTHED 306 - Concepts of Mathematics
Note that you must meet basic skill requirements in order to be accepted into the SPED program. These are determined through ACT and SAT scores (including writing), but there are ways to make up for not reaching the requirements. Contact your academic advisor to learn more about these requirements and what make up tests you can complete in place of ACT and SAT scores if necessary.
Step 3 - Start your Application
Log in to educator.byu.edu
Select the “Applications” tab
Select “Start a New Application”
Fill out basic information and complete required tasks
Step 4 - Pass the BCI/FBI Fingerprint Background Check
You are required to pass an FBI Background check and have your fingerprints taken.
To do this:
Fill out the background check linked in the application
Take the background check sheet, your social security card, and a photo ID with you to MCKB 350 where your fingerprints will be taken.
The whole process only takes around 10 minutes and costs $10 (charged to your financial account). To learn more, watch this video created by the McKay School.
Step 5 - Declare your Major
Once accepted into the program, you will receive an email to confirm. The advisement center will remove your pre-major status and add the major to your records.
We hope this was helpful to you as you plan ahead for your major! Feel free to schedule an appointment with a student ambassador (here) or your academic advisor if you have any questions! Can't wait to see you around the McKay School!