Special Education Effective Instruction and Inclusion

Overview

Effective instructional practices and inclusive teaching include intentionally and purposely creating, designing, and developing learning opportunities that ensure all students, regardless of their background, skill, or developmental level, are taken into consideration, and a student-centered learning environment is created. Educators need to have a rich and adaptable understanding of content, use various instructional strategies, and personalize instruction to meet each student’s needs. Creating an inclusive classroom focuses on establishing a teaching and learning environment that considers all forms of individual and group characteristics.

Contacts

Jennie DeFriez
Effective Instruction Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7522 | E-mail

Lindsey Cunningham
Inclusion Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7806 | E-mail

Co-Teaching

Co-teaching is the instructional arrangement in which a general education teacher and a special education teacher deliver core instruction along with specialized instruction, as needed, to a diverse group of students in a single physical space. Co-teaching partnerships require educators to make joint instructional decisions and share responsibility and accountability for student learning.

Co-Teaching Handbook Utah Guidelines

Co-Teaching Lesson Design Template

Co-Teaching Observation Form

Jennie DeFriez
Effective Instruction Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7522 | E-mail

Ellen Bailey
Elementary Literacy
Phone: (801) 538-7721 | E-mail

Marianne Farnsworth
Secondary Literacy
Phone: (801) 538-7574 | E-mail

Brook Hatch
Secondary Mathematics
Phone: (801) 538-7630 | E-mail

Significant Cognitive

Who is a Student with a Significant Cognitive Disability?

Alternate Achievement Standards

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

English Language Arts Year End Assessment Model 2017-2018 Blueprint

Essential Elements for Science

Mathematics Year End Assessment Model 2017-2018 Blueprint

Essential Elements for English Language Arts

Essential Elements for Mathematics

Tested Essential Elements for English Language Arts (ELA)

Tested Essential Elements for Mathematics

Professional Development to Professional Learning

Extended Core SEEd Standards for Grades 6-8 Webinar
YouTube

Alternate Assessment

Special Education Utah Alternate Assessment (UAA)

Professional Development

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

DLM Professional Development Modules

All Modules in Alphabetically Order

All Modules Organized by Claim and Domain

E-mail DLM at dlm@ku.edu if you have questions about the videos or encounter any problems accessing them.

Contact

Tanya Semerad
Autism and Significant Cognitive Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7726 | E-mail

Paraeducator

Utah Standards for Instructional Paraeducators

Utah State Board of Education Paraeducator Manual

Utah State Board of Education Instructional Paraeducator Evaluation/Feedback Form

Paraeducators to Teacher Scholarship Opportunity (PETTS)

2022-2023 Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship Application

Utah State Board of Education Rules R277-526 Paraeducator to Teacher Scholarship (PETTS) Program Information Sheet

Contact

Tanya Semerad
Autism and Significant Cognitive Disabilities (SCD)
Phone: (801) 538-7726 | E-mail

Ellen Bailey
Elementary English Language Arts (ELA)
Phone: (801) 538-7721 | E-mail

Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports (UMTSS)

Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports (UMTSS)
Utah State Board of Education Utah Multi-Tiered System of Supports (UMTSS)

Contact

Sydnee Seager
Project Manager
Phone: (801) 538-7609 | E-mail

Samantha Garcia
Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)
Phone: (801) 538-7902 | E-mail

Educator Licensure and Endorsements

Apply for an Educator License

University Recommends
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Educator Licensing

  • Educators are recommended for initial licensure through a Utah-approved educator preparation program.
  • Initial licensure includes the license and at least one license area of concentration and one endorsement. Additional endorsements may be added to a license area of concentration.

Educator Endorsements

Applications
USBE Educator Licensing

  • Download the PDF(s) to your desktop and complete the form(s):
  • Endorsements attach to a current Utah Educator license with a qualifying license area of concentration.
  • Submit Educator Endorsement Applications digitally to licensing@schools.utah.gov.
  • Request university registrar(s) submit original digital transcripts via Clearinghouse to transcripts@schools.utah.gov.

License Areas of Concentration

Alternate (Licensure Only)
Preparation Programs

USBE Alternate Path to Professional Educator Licensure - Special Education (USBE APPEL-SpEd)
USBE Canvas

Audiologist
Current Endorsements

Audiology

Other Endorsements

American Sign Language (ASL)

Bilingual

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Preparation Programs

Audiology
Utah State University

Communication Sciences Degree Options
University of Utah

Deaf Education

Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) Only.

Current Endorsements

American Sign Language (ASL)

Bicultural

Bilingual

Deaf, Hard of Hearing Early Intervention

English

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL)

Preparation Programs

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Graduate Degree and Program Information
University of Utah

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Utah State University

Preschool Special Education
Current Endorsements

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Birth - Age 5)

Other Endorsements

Bilingual

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Preparation Programs

Early Childhood Education and Special Education (Composite): Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Utah State University

Preschool/Early Intervention Special Education Undergraduate Degree and Program Information
University of Utah

Special Education (K-12+)
Current Endorsements

Adaptive Physical Education

Blind and Visual Impairment

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Endorsement for Serving Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)
Utah State University

Special Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Special Education Deafblind

Special Education Eligibility Evaluator

Special Education Mild/Moderate

Special Education Severe Disabilities

Special Education Visual Impairments

Handbook for the Utah Special Education Eligibility Evaluator (SPED-EE) Endorsement

Other Endorsements

American Sign Language (ASL)

Bilingual

Driver and Safety Education

Driver License Examiner

Elementary Keyboarding

Elementary Mathematics

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Library Media (K-12)

Mathematics - Special Education

Mathematics Endorsements 2, 3 and 4

Reading

Work-based Learning (WBL)

Preparation Programs

Bachelor of Arts Special Education (Mild to Moderate)
Western Governors

Bachelor of Science (BS) Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Brigham Young University 

Degrees and Programs Overview
Weber State University

Department of Special Education
University of Utah 

Special Education
Southern Utah University

Special Education: Master of Science (MS), Master of Education (MEd), Education Specialist (EdS)
Utah State University 

Special Education
Utah Valley University

Special Education
Westminster College

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

No Endorsement Required.

Other Endorsements

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Endorsement for Serving Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)
Utah State University

Preparation Programs

Communication Disorders (ComD)
Brigham Young University

Speech-Language Pathology
University of Utah

Speech-Language Pathology
Utah State University

Preparation Programs from Out-of-State

Out-of-State (OOS)
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing Apply for an Educator License

SLPs with Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) out-of-state apply for the SLP through the out-of-state process.

Speech-Language Technician (SLT)

No Endorsement Required.

Handbook

Utah State Board of Education Handbook for Speech-Language Technicians Working in Utah Public Schools

In-state Communication Disorders Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders
Brigham Young University

Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Utah

Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education (COMDDE)
Utah State University 

Speech-Language Technician License Area of Concentration Preparation Program (SLT-ARL)

Communication Disorders BS Degree needed to apply for SLT-ARL

Speech-Language Technician Licensing Program Description

USBE Speech-Language Technician Licensing Program Application

USBE Speech-Language Technician Licensing Program Confirmation of Employment

USBE Speech-Language Technician Licensing Program Professional Growth Plan

Employment

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Department of Workforce Services (DWS)

Utah Schools and Educational Institutions
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Professional Learning Opportunities

Utah State Board of Education Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS)

Scholarships and Other Fiscal Support

College of Education Scholarships
University of Utah

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Federal Student Aid

State of Utah Scholarships and Aid Programs
Utah System of Higher Education (USHE)

Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP)
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing Educator Incentive Programs

Utah Mathematics Endorsement Project (UMEP)
Utah State University

  • Minimum qualifications include working in a secondary Mathematics teaching assignment including Special Education.

Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

R277-301: Educator Licensing

R277-303: Educator Preparation Programs

R277-304: Teacher Preparation Programs

R277-306: Educator Preparation Programs for School Psychologists, Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Technicians, Counselors, and School Social Workers

R277-309: Appropriate Licensing and Assignment of Teachers

R277-514: Deaf Education in Public Schools

R277-520: Appropriate Licensing and Assignment of Teachers

Contacts

Kathleen Webb
Personnel Preparation/Licensing
Phone: (801) 538-7688 | E-mail

Sabrina Gill
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7936 | E-mail