Apply to Teach at BYU Education Week 2019
(Applications for first-time presenters are no longer being accepted for the 2018 program.)

Application Period:

September 10–28, 2018 (for the program held August 19–23, 2019). Please check back in July 2018 for updated instructions.

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 1).

To apply to teach at the 2019 BYU Education Week program, we must receive the following items between September 10 and September 28, 2018:

  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. Before you begin, be sure that your browser is set to allow pop-ups.
  2. Titles and outlines of proposed classes, please format the outlines according to the instructions below (submit by email to educationweek@byu.edu).
  3. A résumé (submit by email to educationweek@byu.edu).
  4. Video (a minimum of 20 minutes in length) of one of your presentations (not required of full-time BYU or Seminary and Institute faculty). Please send the video to Education Week, 169 Harman Continuing Education Building, BYU, Provo, UT 84602 (or post the presentation online and email a link to educationweek@byu.edu).

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 28, 2018. 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 Campus 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. Class length is 55 minutes.

The following is a sample of a series title and corresponding classes. Submit a full one-page, single-spaced, outline for each 55-minute class and list the main concepts or principles to be presented, along with corresponding references (one or two references per concept or principle). The outlines for each class should be no more than one page in length (4-page maximum for a 4-lecture series).

Sample 4-Lecture Series

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

1st Class: Faith in a World of Doubt and Cynicism

Introduction: 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:

  • Introduce the concept of prophetic priorities (Elder Richard G. Hinckley, “Prophetic Priorities,” BYU Devotional, March 15, 2007).
  • Share recent statements of the Brethren outlining the issue of attacks on our faith in the digital age (“An Evening with Elder M. Russell Ballard,” February 26, 2016, available on lds.org).
  • Principle: We can resist Satan’s deceptions as we remember our previous spiritual experiences and have faith in them (Moses 1:12–23; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” Ensign, May 2013, 93–95).
  • Principle: “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith” (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Come, Join with Us,” Ensign, Nov. 2013; Matt. 14:25–33).
  • Principle: 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).
  • Principle: Faith is not by chance, but by choice (Elder Neil L. Anderson, “Faith Is Not by Chance, But by Choice,” Ensign, Nov. 2015).
  • Principle: “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).

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

Lecture introduction and outline.

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

Lecture introduction and outline.

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

Lecture introduction and outline.

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 10–28, 2018)

Instructions will be posted in July 2018. Please check back at that time.