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Severe ATP

These programs are not currently accepting applicants. For information on program options, please contact:

For information on the Online Practical Teacher Training (OPTT) program in K-12 Mild/Moderate and K-12 Severe, please see  USU OPTT.

General Information:

This licensure qualifies individuals to work with students with severe disabilities in a functional skills classroom.  This includes working with students who have low-incidence disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic and acquired brain injury, and multiple disabilities.  Students in this program learn the following evidence based practices: creating daily schedules that maximizes instructional time for students, effective behavior management strategies, systematic reinforcement, individual and small group instruction, implementing an effective teaching cycle, assessment, and managing and supervising paraprofessionals. 

To be eligible for this program, participants must have a bachelor's degree (a teaching degree is NOT required) from an accredited college or university and be employed in an approved special education setting serving students with mild/moderate disabilities.

Preparation includes academic coursework taken concurrently with supervised field-based experiences. Applications for Severe ATP are available in May for the following academic year.


Interested candidates should do the following: 

  1. Take the writing and math screening exams.

Passing both assessments is required for admission to the program.  The screening exams can be taken at any USU Regional Campus.  Please contact Erin Horrocks at to set up an appointment at a USU regional campus to take the exams.

  • After taking the assessments, 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 assessment two times.  If you do not pass both exams, you cannot apply to the program.  
  • Practice Math Test.
  1. Apply to Utah State University

To access the application:

  • Go to
  • Go to “admissions” tab
  • Select “Undergraduate Admissions”
  • Click “Apply Online” and then “Online Application”
  • Create an Account

Now you are ready to apply for admissions!  Some things to be aware of in each section are listed below:


  • Select FALL semester
  • Transfer student (if Bachelor’s degree was not USU)

Or Returning Student (if Bachelor’s degree was USU)

  • Field: Education and Human Services


  • Select “Degree Seeking”
  • New Undergraduate Application
  • Program of Study: Special Education
  • Degree Intent: Second Bachelors
  • Additional Information Box: Write “Special Education endorsement through the Alternative Teacher Preparation Program”


  • Pay your admission fee and submit application
  1. Apply to the SATP Program

After applying for USU, you’ll receive an “A Number.”  You must have an A Number to complete your ATP application.

  • Go to website
  • Go to “Degree Programs” tab
  • Click “Alternative Teacher Preparation”
  • Click “ATP Login”
  • Enter your email address and password. The password is the first letter of your first name and your entire last name with no capital letters.  (e.g., if your name is Jane Smith, your password is jsmith). 
  • Complete the application
  • NOTE: The Special Education Department needs their very own copy of your official transcripts. These go to Co Brunner (

Address:  Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
2865 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-2865

  1. Sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

Signatures are required from the SATP teacher, a District representative, the District coach, and a USU representative.  Once you are to this point, the MOU will be sent to the appropriate people for signatures.


The severe program includes coursework and applied learning.  The timeline for completion of the program is 5 semesters.  Courses are taken across 4 semesters (fall/spring; no summers) and student teaching occurs in the Fall after completing coursework. 


Coursework is delivered using the following distance technologies:

  • Broadcast courses: Live audio/video interaction between instructors and students; students attend at Regional Campus sites across the state
  • Online courses: Provides flexibility; students work on these courses online each week at their convenience

Applied Learning/Practical Experiences

  • Practica and student teaching are conducted in the SATP teacher’s own classroom
  • Observation and feedback is provided regularly by the instructional coach