Undergrad - Logan Campus

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About the Severe Disabilities Emphasis

The severe disabilities degree prepares teachers to work with students (kindergarten through twelfth grade) with low incidence intellectual and physical disabilities such as severe intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic and acquired brain injury, and multiple disabilities. Severe disabilities teachers typically teach academic, functional and life skills.

Courses address characteristics of disabilities, life skills, inclusion of students in general education, behavioral interventions, assessment, effective instruction, consulting with parents and teachers, assistive technology, curriculum content, and policies and procedures.

Degree Maps

Special Education Major: Severe Disabilities

Special Education: Severe Emphasis - BA, BS

Special Education: Mild/Moderate & Severe Dual Emphasis - BA, BS

Special Education: Severe & Birth to 5 Dual Emphasis - BA, BS

Special Education: Severe Emphasis/Elementary Education Composite - BA, BS

Special Education: Severe Emphasis/Secondary Education Dual - BA, BS


Students are admitted to Utah State University as a pre-special education major and must meet certain course and test requirements to be admitted to the special education major. Applications to the major are due each fall by October 10.

Contact Information

Laura Parrish

Laura Parrish

Special Education Advisor

Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling

Phone: 435-797-7575
Office Location: EDUC 371