Apply to Teach at BYU Education Week 2020

Application Period:

September 10–30, 2019 (for the program held August 17–21, 2020).

We welcome applications from individuals who will continue the tradition of excellent, uplifting, and testimony building instruction in a wide variety of topics. These topics include, but are not limited to, the gospel, family and marriage relationships, communication, finance, personal development, technology, health, the arts, and others.

Before beginning the application process, please read this page thoroughly. A personal BYU Net ID and password, which are used to log into the system, are required (instructions are at the bottom of this page; links will be activated September 10).

To apply to teach at the 2020 BYU Education Week program, we must receive the following items between September 10 and September 30, 2019:

  1. Online application. Instructions for the online application are at the bottom of this page. Hint: Apply during business hours so you can call us with any questions.
  2. Titles and outlines of proposed classes, please format the outlines according to the instructions below (submit by email to
  3. A résumé (submit by email to
  4. A Video (minimum of 20 minutes in length) of one of your presentations (not required of current full-time BYU or Seminary and Institute faculty). Please send the video to Education Week, 253 Harman Building, BYU, Provo, UT 84602 (or post the presentation on YouTube or another site that doesn't require a login, then email the link to

The application includes an ecclesiastical authorization and release, and an authorization for BYU to conduct a background check (a background check is required for instructors who plan to teach youth classes). The ecclesiastical release authorizes BYU to contact your ecclesiastical leader regarding employment eligibility.

The required video does not need to be a professional taping; we just need to observe your teaching style and how you approach your topic. Presentation skill, educational qualification, and professional experience are major considerations in our evaluation of prospective presenters.

All materials must arrive by September 30, 2019. Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.

As we review the faculty and curriculum needs for the upcoming program, we will be happy to consider your application and proposed topics. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Faculty Qualifications

  • Educational and professional background and experience; sound preparation in proposed field/topic.
  • Teaching ability, communication skills, appearance, sincerity, attitude of sharing, and personal testimony.
  • Willingness to adhere to Education Week policy that prohibits promotion of any personal goods or services or any organization or its products.
  • Ecclesiastical endorsement (BYU makes the contact with each presenter's ecclesiastical leader)
  • Subject matter:
    • Timeliness, practicality, pertinence, and appropriateness of topic
    • Necessity of topic to balance the program or meet local requests
    • Clearance of titles and lecture outlines from the Church Correlation Committee.

Presentation Format

The standard format of classes for BYU Education Week has an instructor teaching four related 55-minute lectures, one each day, Tuesday–Friday (a "series" of lectures). When applying to teach, please include a proposed series title (one that ties the four related lectures together) and a separate class title for each day's lecture. The lectures, while related, should each stand on their own. Students should not be required to hear other lectures in the series to understand the message of a single lecture. It is inappropriate to include a lengthy review of preceding lectures when presenting the series. Note: If you propose to teach only a single 55-minute class a series title is not required.

The following is a sample of a series title and corresponding classes. Submit an outline for each 55-minute class and list the main teaching points to be presented, along with corresponding references (one or two references per teaching point). Outlines for each 55-minute class should be no more than two pages in length.

Sample 4-Lecture Series (Note the formatting.)

Series Title: Understanding Prophetic Priorities and How to Teach Them to Your Family

Class 1: Faith in a World of Doubt and Cynicism

Description: This class will help class members understand the Church leaders’ emphasis and teachings on how to deal with questions of faith in latter-days. Using the scriptures and the words of the prophets, we will identify a few key principles that can help members of the Church navigate through crises of faith. In addition, I will share ideas of how to teach these principles to the family. The main points of the class are as follows:

  • Teaching Point 1: Introduce the concept of prophetic priorities

Resources: (quote, scripture, or other source)

“This has been the subject of General Authority training for some time now as we try to focus on what the current prophet is teaching and the direction in which he is leading” (Elder Richard G. Hinckley, “Prophetic Priorities,” BYU Devotional, March 15, 2007).

  • Teaching Point 2: Share recent statements of the Brethren outlining the issue of attacks on our faith in the digital age


“Gone are the days when students were protected from people who attacked the Church. . . . The Internet is expanding its reach across the world into almost every home and into the very hands and minds of your students” (“An Evening with Elder M. Russell Ballard,” February 26, 2016, available on

“My dear brothers and sisters, the assaults of the adversary are increasing exponentially, in intensity and in variety” (President Russell M. Nelson, “Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints,” Ensign, November 2018). See Mosiah 4:29.

  • Teaching Point 3: We can resist Satan’s deceptions as we remember our previous spiritual experiences and have faith in them.


Moses 1:12–23

“In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. . . . I am not asking you to pretend to faith you do not have. I am asking you to be true to the faith you do have” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” Ensign, May 2013, 93–95).

  • Teaching Point 4: “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith”


President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Come, Join with Us,” Ensign, Nov. 2013.

Matthew 14:25–33

  • Teaching Point 5: Prepare and Prevent (i.e. constant study of the gospel and inviting the Holy Ghost to be our constant companion will be a protection to us against doubt).


President Henry B. Eyring, “The Holy Ghost as Our Constant Companion,” Ensign, Nov. 2015.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe,” Ensign, Nov. 2015.

  • Teaching Point 6: Faith is not by chance, but by choice.


“Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it” (Elder Neil L. Andersen, “Faith Is Not by Chance, But by Choice,” Ensign, Nov. 2015).

“We believe in God because of things we know . . . not what we don’t know” (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe,” Ensign, Nov. 2015).

Class 2: The Role of the Family in God’s Eternal Plan

Lecture introduction and outline (use same format as Class 1).

Class 3: How Observing the Sabbath Day and Meaningfully Partaking of the Sacrament Can Keep Us Unspotted from the World

Lecture introduction and outline (same format as Class 1).

Class 4: The Protection and Joy that Comes from Participation in Temple and Family History Work

Lecture introduction and outline (same format as Class 1).

You may submit a maximum of two series proposals (four lectures per series) with your application.

Wording Class Titles

Please note the following essential guidelines as you develop your series title and daily lecture titles:

  • Make sure your titles are concise and descriptive of the content. Each title should be submitted with a descriptive paragraph and a bullet-list outline of the main concepts or principles to be presented. Each concept or principle should have applicable references that support the content. Please give complete citations for any quotations.
  • If you have published materials or marketed audio/video DVDs or CDs, the titles of these materials should not be used as Education Week titles.
  • Be concise and to the point, but keep in mind that each title should reflect accurately what you intend to teach rather than just being an enticement.
  • If your titles are of a religious nature, consider as models the titles of presentations given at LDS General Conferences.
  • Please do not submit titles which are subject to misunderstanding or misinterpretation or which are speculative.
  • Avoid wording that implies that you have "secret" or "never-before-known" information, or that you have knowledge that is unavailable to the general populace.
  • Avoid dealing in absolutes. There is rarely a best, most important, or easy anything.
  • Titles which suggest a specific relationship with a single member of the Godhead are not appropriate.
  • Titles dwelling on the negative aspects of subjects, titles which encourage playing the devil's advocate, and titles which can lead to a disagreement among students are not appropriate.
  • When considering titles about subjects of a sacred nature, avoid a frivolous, joking, or sarcastic slant.
  • Be sensitive to men's and women's feelings and emotions; avoid wording that downplays the importance of either a man's or a woman's role.
  • BYU Continuing Education programs are not a forum to deal with controversial issues.

Completing the Online Application (September 10–30, 2019)

Printable Instructions

In order to apply, you need a personal login (called a "BYU Net ID") to access the BYU system. Former BYU employees and students may already have a Net ID and should not create a new one. If you want to check whether you have a Net ID, or if you need to reset a password or need other technical assistance during the application process, please call our Human Resource Help Desk at 801-422-7150. For general questions, please call our office at 801-422-6214.

  1. If you do not already have a BYU Net ID, use the "Create a Net ID" link below to create one.
  2. Return to this page and select the "I Have a Net ID, Apply Now" link below.
  3. Log in using the Net ID and password and you will be directed to the first page of the application. Having a printout of the instructions will help, especially on the page where ward information is added.
  4. After completing the application you will receive an email with instructions for submitting your class outlines, résumé, and video. If you experience any problems, please call the Help Desk or our office at the numbers in the above paragraph.
Create a Net ID (then return to this page and click the link below)

Only create a Net ID if you are certain that you do not already have one. After creating a Net ID, return to this page and select the link below.