OPTT: Online Practical Teacher Training

Students are studying with their teacher on a field trip.

USU OPTT is an innovative, online special education preparation program specifically designed for individuals currently working in a Utah school as a special education teacher or a special education paraprofessional. The program accepts applicants who are special education teachers or special education paraprofessionals with or without a bachelor’s degree.

Applicants for 2nd Bachelor's degree may choose to specialize in either early childhood special education, K-12 severe, or K-12 mild/moderate disabilities, and will be fully-qualified for special education certification upon completion of this 5-semester program (fall-spring-summer-fall-spring). The program will be longer for applicants who are completing a first bachelor’s degree.

All applicants must be working in a district or charter school that agrees to collaborate with USU’s Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling (SPERC) to provide classroom support throughout the program. All coursework is delivered online and is available throughout the state of Utah. 


1st Bachelor's Degree

High School Classroom


Graduated high school and looking to get into college? Learn about 1st Bachelor's option in OPTT.


2nd Bachelor's Degree

College Graduate


Already have a 4-year university degree? Explore OPTT for 2nd Bachelor's degree.