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Mild Moderate

This licensure qualifies individuals to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities. These students may have mild cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, or other disabilities requiring special education. The emphasis in the mild/moderate program is on identifying strategies and developing special education programs to address the educational demands needed for the student to meet the state core curriculum.

Mild/Moderate Coordinator:

Melanie Dawson, Ph.D. , Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, is the Coordinator of the Mild/Moderate Alternative Teacher Preparation Program

Interested candidates should do the following:

  1. Attend one of the scheduled information meetings. Information about the ATP programs and district procedures for applicants will be explained.
  2. Read and review all of the information in the Frequently Asked Questions about the Utah State University Alternative Teacher Preparation Program(s).
  3. Take the basic literacy and math assessments. Passing both tests is required for admission to either program and before making application with any district. Location, dates and times that the tests will be offered are:
    Location Schedule Contact
    Davis School District
    70 East 100 North
    Box 588
    Farmington, UT 84025
    Between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM
    Assessments will be scheduled individually

    Dolores Heyne
    (801) 402-5151

    Weber School District
    Special Education Department
    5320 S. Adams Ave Parkway
    Ogden, UT 84405
    Any business day between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM Nicole Lewis
    (801) 476-7864
    Tooele District   Melissa Lawrence
    (435) 797-9898
    USU Salt Lake Center   Leanne D'Andrea
    (385) 646-7770


  4. A practice math test can be located hereNote: The additional information found at this site does not pertain to the Alternative Teacher Preparation program.
    After taking the tests, you will receive written confirmation that you have passed both assessments or that you will need to schedule a time to re-take the assessments. You may attempt each test three times. If you do not pass both tests, you cannot apply for either program.
  5. Complete the  Icon USU ATP Prospective Candidate Information Sheet (124.3 KB) . Mail or fax a copy of it to each of the participating districts to which you are interested in applying. Be sure to include the math and literacy results indicating that you have passed and your written responses to the two questions included at the bottom of the information sheet.
    Click here for participating district contact information.
  6. Wait to be contacted by the individual districts. Each district has different timelines and procedures for interviewing prospective ATP candidates. It is important to adhere to the process that each district has for contacting prospective candidates for screening interviews and filling open positions.
  7. Prepare for screening interviews. Suggested resources about teaching, special education, and students with disabilities that you might want to read are:
  8. Technology requirements: USU courses are not only face-to-face class time but also internet-based coursework. Accepted ATP students must have daily access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection. Required computer applications for the USU coursework include: Adobe Acrobat, Excel, and either Word or Word Perfect. Students must be proficient in accessing the internet, word processing, and creating spreadsheets.

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Course Title / Description Instructor(s) Syllabus
SPED 5230 Student Teaching in Special Education ATP-MM
Student teaching for students in alternative teacher preparation programs.
Likins, M.
SPED 5300 Orientation to Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Provides preservice teachers with overview of information and resources, examples, and practice in applying effective instructional and behavior management strategies in their classrooms. Emphasizes knowledge/skills first day and first week of school.
Likins, M.
SPED 5310 Teaching Reading and Language Arts to Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Curriculum, instructional methods, assessment, and data-based decision making related to teaching reading and language arts to students with mild/moderate disabilities.
Schelble, R. M.
SPED 5320 Teaching Content Areas & Transition to Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Students learn to teach content area material, learning strategies, and transition-related skills to students with mild/moderate disabilities. Also includes assessment and decision making strategies related to these curricular areas.
Rigby, J.
SPED 5330 Eligibility Assessment for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Covers topics of choosing and administering eligibility assessment tests for students who may have mild/moderate disabilities. Interpretation of test results and applying results to decisions regarding students’ eligibility for special education services.
Likins, M.
SPED 5350 Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities I
Provides students with information and skills in the area of classroom and individual behavior management procedures. Emphasizes research-validated strategies that students will apply to everyday instructional situations.
Likins, M.
SPED 5360 Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities II
Provides students with instructional and management skills. Through case studies and classroom simulations, students learn research-validated instructional and management skills.
Likins, M.
SPED 5370 Technology Considerations for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Assistive technology is a special factor to be considered by IEP teams for students with disabilities. Understanding the function and use of technology is critical in selecting and implementing AT systems. Students’ needs for AT are as diverse as students themselves.
Ormond, B.
SPED 5430 Field-Based Applications for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Designed to help students acquire and consistently demonstrate effective teaching practices to aid students with mild/moderate disabilities. Teaches students to analyze and solve instructional and management problems.
Likins, M.
SPED 5560 Utah Effective Practices Conference in Special Education and Rehabilitiation
Practicum or seminar providing information/experience in public school instruction.
Lignugaris/Kraft, B.

FAFSA ~ Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  1. Request a FAFSA pin number at . This pin number will be your signature when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid .
  2. With your 4 digit FAFSA pin number, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  on-line. Use your Federal Tax Return information from the previous year to complete the application, and list Utah State University as the school to have the information sent to. Utah State University's school code is 003677.
  3. Be admitted to USU as a matriculated student.
  4. Fill out and submit the USU Financial Aid Application .
  5. Once we receive the FAFSA & USU Financial Aid information you will be awarded student aid. If we need additional information from you, we will request this my mail. Please keep your address current with us. You will only be eligible for loans.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information

Phone: 435-797-0173

For specific questions, contact your Financial Aid Counselor

Last Initial Counselor
A, B, X, Y, Z Patti Kohler
C, D Cedra Jensen
E, F, G, Ha Amanda Alles
Hb, I, J, K Jacob Brazell
L, M, N Raquel Friddle
O, P, Q, R, Sl Jen McGaughey
Sm, T, U, V, W Sophara Tieng

Current counselor information can be found at .