Early Childhood Education and Special Education (Composite) - BS, BA

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

Students who complete this composite degree are eligible for two licenses, one for special education and one for early childhood education, teaching grades K-3.

While there is no licensure requirement to teach preschool, students with this degree are better prepared to teach in those settings.

This degree expands students' career options by allowing them to work with children with special needs (from birth through 5 years) and students in kindergarten through third grade. Most public schools teachers will also have special needs students in their classrooms, and this degree makes them more qualified to meet the unique educational needs of these students. Some states even require special education teachers to have an early childhood, elementary, or secondary education background. Additionally, USU’s special education program boasts 100% job placement for its students upon graduation.

What You Will Learn

This degree is a combination of courses required for the early childhood education major and the special education major. Students gain content knowledge through the early childhood education program and learn strategies for teaching diverse learners through the special education program.

Students receive a by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.


Birth to Age 5 Special Education:

The early childhood special education emphasis prepares graduates to work with children ages birth to five years old who have disabilities. Children ages birth to 3 years old are typically served by early intervention programs. Children 3 to 5 years old are taught in public pre-school settings within local school districts.


BS: Logan (Main Campus)

BA: Logan (Main Campus)

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Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in early childhood education and special education composite, students may pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Public schools
  • Day care
  • Head Start
  • Home Start
  • Hospitals
  • Adoption agencies
  • Church services
  • Foster care
  • Parent education programs
  • Host of related state, local, and federal agencies serving families and their children
  • Public or private school educator
  • Adult service provider
  • Recreation specialist
  • Behavior specialist
  • Developmental specialist
  • Early intervention provider

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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Laura Parrish

Academic advisor
Email: laura.parrish@usu.edu
Office: EDUC 336
Phone: (435) 797-7575

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the elementary education and special education (composite) program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as pre-majors.
  • Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors will be admitted as pre-majors in good standing, with a GPA of at least 2.75.
  • In order to become an early childhood education and special education (composite) major, students must be accepted into the teacher education program and the special education program, which includes the following:
    • Completion of at least 40 semester credits, including the ones you’re currently taking, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
    • Receive minimum ACT scores (21 Composite- 20 English, 19 Math, 18 Science, 18 Reading)
    • Complete certain core courses (see department for more information)
    • Complete a speech and hearing test
    • Pass the Teacher Education Writing Exam
    • Pass a criminal background check (this should be done one semester before applying)
    • Pass the Praxis II elementary education content knowledge exam (this should be done at least one semester prior to applying)
    • Participate in a group interview
    • Passing score on the Special Education Math exam

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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