David O. McKay School of Education

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Brigham Young University's David O. McKay School of Education specializes in teaching, administration, communication disorders, and educational inquiry.[1] It is located on the southwest end of Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, and is housed in the David O. McKay Building.[2] It was ranked number 78 in the United States for best education schools in 2018.[3]

The southeast end of the David O. McKay Building.


David O. McKay, the educator and LDS church president that the McKay School is named after.

The David O. McKay School of Education began in 1913 as the Church Teachers College. It has gone through several name changes: the School of Education (1920), the College of Education (1921), and finally the David O. McKay School of Education (1998).[4] It was named after David O. McKay, educator and former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5][6]

In 1954 the undergraduate majors outside of elementary education and early childhood education were shifted into the colleges of their specific disciplines. Since then, the College of Education has only offered educational methods courses for education majors housed in different colleges.[7] In 2010, the Physical Education Teacher Education major was moved back to the McKay School with the dissolution of the Physical Education, Health, and Recreation department.[8]


The information in this table comes from the college's website.[9]

Minor Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) (preparation for TESOL Endorsement)
Bachelor's Degrees
BS Communication Disorders
BS Early Childhood Education (preparation for K–3 Licensure)
BS Elementary Education (preparation for K–6 Licensure)
BS Physical Education Teacher Education (preparation for K-12 Licensure)
BS Special Education
Master's Degrees
MA Teacher Education
Med Educational Leadership
MS Instructional Psychology and Technology
MS Communication Disorders
MS Special Education
Doctoral Degrees
PhD Counseling Psychology
PhD Educational Inquiry, Measurement and Evaluation
PhD Instructional Psychology and Technology
EdD Educational Leadership
EdS School Psychology

Educator Preparation Program (EPP)[edit]

The EPP, one of the largest in the nation,[10] coordinates teacher education courses and training for all education degrees at BYU. It coordinates 26 undergraduate degrees, 21 minors, and 4 graduate degrees. These degrees are housed in their respective colleges, but education training is offered through the McKay School.

EPP offers secondary education degrees in the areas of world languages, STEM, arts, social sciences, and physical health.[11]

BYU–Public School Partnership[edit]

Wasatch Elementary School, across the street from BYU, is in the Provo City School District and part of the BYU–Public School Partnership.

Since 1984 the Public School Partnership has facilitated collaboration between (1) the McKay School of Education, (2) five Utah school districts (Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo, and Wasatch), and (3) the arts and sciences colleges and departments at BYU that participate in preparing K–12 educators.[12]

This partnership is unique in its size, scope, and longevity.[13] The schools within the partnership are composed of more than 7,000 teachers and approximately 180,000 students. BYU and the McKay School graduate approximately 800 certified teachers each year, many of whom receive student teacher training at those schools.[12]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include religious leaders such as Young Women General President Ardeth G. Kapp,[14] speaker and author Bradley R. Wilcox,[15] Presidency of the Seventy members Jay E. Jensen[16] and Rex D. Pinegar,[17] General Relief Society President Julie B. Beck,[18] Young Women General Presidency member Mary N. Cook,[19] and Sunday School General President Russell T. Osguthorpe.[20]

Alumni in politics include politician Kristen Cox,[21] Senator Marian Bergeson,[22] and Utah Governor Olene Walker.[23]

Alumni in education include instructional design researcher Charles Reigeluth,[24] weatherman and middle school teacher Clayton Brough,[25] President of Snow College and BYU–Hawaii J. Elliot Cameron,[26] CEO of ISTE Richard Culatta,[27] President of Western Michigan University John Dunn,[28] and President of what now is Utah Valley University Wilson W. Sorensen.[29]


  1. ^ "David O. McKay School of Education - Brigham Young University in Provo, UT - Graduate School Information at Petersons.com". Petersons's. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  2. ^ "Proceedings of Dedication and Opening of David O. McKay Building | BYU McKay School of Education". education.byu.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  3. ^ "Brigham Young University--Provo (McKay)". usnews.com. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Ernest L.; Arrington, Leonard J.; Hafen, Bruce C. (1975). Brigham Young University : the first one hundred years. Harold B. Lee Library. Provo, Utah : Brigham Young University Press. p. 776.
  5. ^ Woodger, 2004, p. 248.
  6. ^ Woodger, Mary Jane (2004). "David O. McKay's Progressive Educational Ideas and Practices, 1899—1922". Journal of Mormon History. 30: 248. JSTOR 23289371.
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Ernest L.; Arrington, Leonard J.; Hafen, Bruce C. (1975). Brigham Young University : the first one hundred years. Harold B. Lee Library. Provo, Utah : Brigham Young University Press. pp. 641–643.
  8. ^ "BYU McKay School of Education". education.byu.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  9. ^ "Degrees Offered | BYU McKay School of Education". education.byu.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  10. ^ "Mary Anne Prater named new dean of BYU David O. McKay School of Education | Evaluate". www.evaluategroup.com. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  11. ^ "Educator Preparation Program - Brigham Young University". epp.byu.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  12. ^ a b "BYU--Public School Partnership | BYU McKay School of Education". education.byu.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  13. ^ L., Christensen, Lynnette; Baugh, Steven C.; Caldarella, Paul; Losser, Janet (Spring 2013). "The Brigham Young University--Public School Partnership: Nine Essentials in Practice". School-University Partnerships. 6 (1). ISSN 1935-7125.
  14. ^ "Ardeth Greene Kapp - ensign". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  15. ^ "Session 1: Brad Wilcox | Time to Blossom". 2011-07-17. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  16. ^ "Elder Jay E. Jensen". ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  17. ^ "President Rex D. Pinegar - ensign". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  18. ^ "Mormon women's leader turns to the past to build brighter future". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  19. ^ "Mary N. Cook - liahona". ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  20. ^ "Russell T. Osguthorpe - liahona". ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  21. ^ "Sandy mother who lost sight as a child has unique vision on life". DeseretNews.com. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  22. ^ "Marian Bergeson, pioneering politician, dies at 90". Orange County Register. 2016-07-07. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  23. ^ "Orlene S. Walker". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  24. ^ "Website for Decatur Project: Bio - Charles Reigeluth". www.indiana.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  25. ^ Lythgoe, Dennis (2004-07-02). "The storm facing Brough is now a personal one". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  26. ^ "J. ELLIOT CAMERON's Obituary on Deseret News". Deseret News. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  27. ^ "ISTE | Richard Culatta - Chief Executive Officer". www.iste.org. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  28. ^ "John M. Dunn bio". Western Michigan University. Archived from the original on 2006-08-29. Retrieved 2008-05-10.
  29. ^ "Boards & Organization | Utah Valley University". www.uvu.edu. Archived from the original on 2018-07-16. Retrieved 2018-06-04.

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Coordinates: 40°14′50″N 111°39′07″W / 40.24722°N 111.65194°W / 40.24722; -111.65194