McKay School History
“The only thing that is constant is change.”
When you were at BYU, you may have been enrolled at the College of Education; the name was changed in 1997. This was not the first change. In 1903, when Brigham Young Academy became Brigham Young University, we were called the Church Teachers College. In 1920 we were the School of Education, but in 1921 we became the College of Education. In 1997 the name was changed to the David O. McKay School of Education.
McKay School History is BYU's History
The Brigham Young Academy was established on October 16, 1875, with Warren N. Dusenberry as interim principal. Karl G. Maeser became the principal on April 14, 1876.
The Brigham Young Academy was a normal school,
with the purpose of training teachers and establishing teaching standards or norms, hence the name. Some Academy students were at the elementary level and received tutoring from older students. By August 28, 1876, the academy had three academic departments: normal, intermediate, and primary.
On January 4, 1892, Benjamin Cluff Jr. became Principal of the Brigham Young Academy and head of the Latter-day Saints Normal Training School. The organization was changed to include the following:
College or Collegiate Department
On October 23, 1903 Brigham Young Academy became Brigham Young University. On April 16, 1903 George H. Brimhall was named president of BYU.
Deans of the College of Education/McKay School of Education
Reuben D. Law
Asahel D. Woodruff
A. John Clarke (Acting Dean)
Antone K. Romney
Stephen L. Alley
Antone K. Romney (Acting Dean)
Curtis N. Van Alfen
Ralph B. Smith
Robert S. Patterson
K. Richard Young
Mary Anne Prater
Department Names Have Changed
Your own department may have also gone through name changes.
The Department of Communication Disorders
was Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
The Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education
was the Department of Counseling and Special Education
- and before that the Department of Educational Psychology.
was once two separate departments:
Instructional Psychology and Technology
- Secondary Education
has been renamed twice:
- Instructional Science
- Instructional Psychology
In 1954, the Department of Physical Education
, Health and Recreation
became a separate college. In 2010 that department was absorbed into other colleges around campus with the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
relocated in the Department of Teacher Education in the McKay School.
* Ernest L. Wilkinson’s Brigham Young University: The First Hundred Years
* Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, A Chronological History compiled by Darwin Gale.