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Elementary Education, B.S.

Requirements

The Professional Elementary Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry level candidates for teaching in elementary education programs grades K-6. Students successfully completing the UVU professional teacher education program graduation and licensure requirements receive a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education and a Level I Utah Professional Teaching License. To continue in the teacher education program, students are expected to maintain all program standards. They must maintain expected levels of competence in all coursework, field work, and student teaching with all course grades at or above a B- and a program GPA of 3.00 or higher. Additionally, teacher candidates are expected to adhere to standards of personal integrity, responsibility, and citizenship commonly expected of professional educators. The UVU teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), the Utah State Office of Education, and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra*** 4
or MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0) ***  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 3100 Health Education for Elementary Teachers 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  ART 3400 Elementary Art Education Methods  (fulfills Fine Arts) 3
or THEA 2200 Theatre and Drama in the Elementary School (fulfills Fine Arts) (3.0)  
or MUSC 3400 Music in the Elementary School (fulfills Fine Arts) (2.0)  
and DANC 3400 Dance in the Elementary School (2.0)  
  PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span ("C" grade or higher) 3
 Discipline Core Requirements: 77 Credits
Pre-Professional Core Requirements: *  
  EDEL 1010 Introduction to Education ** 2
  EDEL 2200 Computer Technology in Education ** 2
  EDEL 2330 Childrens Literature ** 3
  EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students ** 2
  MATH 2010 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I *** 3
  MATH 2020 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II *** 3
  PETE 2150 Elementary Physical Education SPARK Method ** 2
  SLSS 120R Testing Strategies for Educators (1.0) ** 1
Professional Education Core Requirements:  
  EDEL 3000 Educational Psychology 3
  EDEL 3050 Foundations of American Education 2
  EDEL 3100 Kindergarten Classroom 2
  EDEL 3250 Instructional Media 2
  EDEL 330G Multicultural Understanding 3
  EDEL 3350 Curriculum Design and Assessment 3
  EDEL 4200 Classroom Management I 1
  EDEL 4210 Classroom Management II 1
  EDEL 4230 Classroom Management III 1
  EDEL 4240 Classroom Management IV 1
  EDEL 4400 Literacy Methods I 3
  EDEL 4410 Literacy Methods II 3
  EDEL 4420 Language Arts Methods 3
  EDEL 443G Teaching English as a Second Language 3
  EDEL 4510 Elementary Math Methods I 3
  EDEL 4520 Elementary Science Methods 3
  EDEL 4530 Elementary Social Studies Methods 3
  EDEL 4540 Elementary Creative Arts Methods 3
  EDEL 4550 Elementary Math Methods II 3
  EDEL 4620 Differentiation for Special Populations 2
  EDEL 4880 Student Teaching--Grades K-6 10
  EDEL 4980 Elementary Education Capstone Seminar 1
 Elective Requirements: 7 Credits
Complete additional credits to meet requirements 7
Recommended elective courses:  
  ART 3400 Elementary Art Education Methods (If not already taken) (3.0)  
  THEA 2200 Theatre and Drama in the Elementary School (If not already taken) (3.0)  
  DANC 3400 Dance in the Elementary School (If not already taken)  (2.0)  
  MUSC 3400 Music in the Elementary School (If not already taken) (2.0)  

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA).
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

NOTE: Application forms are available at the beginning of each Spring semester, must be completed by March 1st, and can be obtained in the Education Department, 801-863-8527.

Footnotes
* Students must complete all Pre-Professional and General Education courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 before they are formally admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program.
** Must be completed with a grade of B- or higher
*** Course requires a C grade or higher

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1050 or MATH 1055
College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries 4
EDEL 1010 Introduction to Education 2
Humanities Distribution  3
Elective  1
  Semester total: 13
Recommend COMM 1020 for Humanities
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing: Humanities/Social Science (recommended) 3
MATH 2010 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I 3
HLTH 3100 Health Education for Elementary Teachers 2
Biology Distribution  3
EDEL 2200 Computer Technology in Education 2
PETE 2150 Elementary Physical Education SPARK Method 2
  Semester total: 15
Recommend HIST 1700 or POLS 1100 as US Institutions; Recommend BIOL 1010 as Biology Distribution
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 2020 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II 3
PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science) 3
SLSS 120R Testing Strategies for Educators 1
EDEL 2330 Children's Literature 3
Physical Science Distribution  3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 16
Begin taking PRAXIS exam this semester for program entrance; Recommend PHSC 1000 as Physical Science Distribution; Recommend GEOG 1300 as elective
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
US Institutions  3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Fine Art Distribution  3
EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students 2
3rd Science Distribution  3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 17
Fine Art Distribution select either ART 3400 or THEA 2200 or MUSC 3400 and DANC 3400
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
EDEL 3000 Educational Psychology 3
EDEL 3050 Foundations of American Education 2
EDEL 3250 Instructional Media 2
EDEL 3350 Curriculum Design and Assessment 3
EDEL 4200 Classroom Management I 1
EDEL 4530 Elementary Social Studies Methods 3
EDEL 4540 Elementary Creative Arts Methods 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
EDEL 3100 Kindergarten Classroom 2
EDEL 330G Multicultural Understanding 3
EDEL 4210 Classroom Management II 1
EDEL 4400 Literacy Methods I 3
EDEL 4420 Language Arts Methods 3
EDEL 4510 Elementary Math Methods I 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
EDEL 4230 Classroom Management III 1
EDEL 4410 Literacy Methods II 3
EDEL 443G Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDEL 4520 Elementary Science Methods 3
EDEL 4550 Elementary Math Methods II 3
EDEL 4620 Differentiation for Special Populations 2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
EDEL 4240  Classroom Management IV 1
EDEL 4980  Teacher Education Capstone Seminar 1
EDEL 4880 Student Teaching Grades K-6 10
  Semester total: 12
Must be formally admitted to the Elementary Education Professional Program to register for Semester 5-8 courses.
  Degree total: 120

Department

Name:

Elementary Education

Location:

ME 116

Telephone:

801-863-8228

Email:

eled@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/education/elementary/

Chair:

Elaine Tuft

 
 

Mission Statement

The School of Education prepares competent, caring and qualified individuals who are ready to assume the role of teacher in elementary and secondary schools, as well as prepare them for further career choices and advancement.

The professional program provides essential coursework and experiences to support students as they progress toward becoming professional educators.  Students are engaged in research- based and standards-based instruction in content and pedagogy. Candidates are expected to plan, instruct, and assess in a manner that meets curriculum, school and district goals as-well-as the diverse instructional and experiential needs of all students. Candidates reflect on their own practice and performance, analyze progress, and make choices for future professional growth. In the Master’s program, new knowledge is put into practice in students’ own classrooms. Graduates acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions to positively impact students, the community, and themselves as they continue on the journey of life-long learning.

 
 

Elementary Education

  • Administrative Support: Connie Wright
  • Office: ME 116
  • Telephone: 801-863-8228
  • Email:  WRIGHTCO@uvu.edu
  • Field Coordinator: Paul Rasband
  • Office: ME 131c
  • Telephone: 801-863-6580
  • Email: Paul.Rasband@uvu.edu


Advisement Center:

  • Administrative Contact: KayLynn Palmer
  • Office: ME 114
  • Telephone 801-863-8478
  • Email:  palmerka@uvu.edu


Advisors:

  • Leslie Hudson
  • Office: ME 114f
  • Telephone: 801-863-8478
  • Email:  hudsonle@uvu.edu
  • Shaunna Requilman
  • Office: ME 114d
  • Telephone: 801-863-8478
  • Email:  requilsh@uvu.edu

Elementary Education Partner Districts

Alpine School District
Canyons School District
Granite School District
Jordan School District
Nebo School District
North Summit School District
Park City School District
Provo School District
South Summit School District
Wasatch School District

Early Childhood Education Program

The Early Care and Education program is strongly aligned with community needs. It provides instruction and preparation for those seeking to work with young children in preschool and day care facilities. It provides a strong experiential program through course work, observations and practicum.

Professional Elementary Teacher Education Program

The Professional Elementary Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching in elementary education programs grades K-6. Students successfully completing the UVU professional teacher education program graduation and licensure requirements receive a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education and a Level I Utah Professional Teaching License.

The UVU teacher education initial licensure program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), the Utah State Office of Education, and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Admission to the Teacher Education Licensure Program is a separate process from and in addition to admission to Utah Valley University. Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies the student to be considered for admission.

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Education Program

Career opportunities include: teaching in early childhood programs and child care centers, Head Start teacher and teacher aide, teacher aide in elementary school, teacher aide in special education classes, owner and/or director of preschool or child care center.

Professional Elementary Teacher Education Program

Career opportunities result from completion of the UVU Professional Teacher Education Program, which qualifies students for an Elementary Education Professional Educator License.

Certain Elementary Education (EDEL) and Early Childhood Education (EDEC) courses transfer to other institutions offering these programs.

Degrees/License

Degrees available: Certificate of Completion in Early Care and Education; Associate in Science (AS) in Early Childhood Education; Associate in Science (AS) in Pre-Elementary Education; Baccalaureate of Science Degree (BS) in Elementary Education. The State of Utah offers Professional Educator Licenses for Elementary Education for grades K-6.

Admission & Retention

mission to the Education Program is required for enrollment in professional studies level courses. Admission criteria*: 1) Praxis II (5001) Scores (required scores: Read/Lang. Art = 157, Math = 157, Social Studies = 155, Science – 159); 2) GPA of 3.00 or higher (including B- or higher in all pre professional emphasis courses); 3) an interview directed by the Teacher Education Admission and Retention Committee, and 4) Completion of the coursework for the Associate of Science degree in Pre-Elementary Education or equivalent. Applicants are accepted into the Teacher Education Program for fall and spring semesters after meeting entrance requirements.

*Please contact the Elementary Education Advisors for the current admission requirements. Admission to the teacher education licensure program is a separate process from and in addition to admission to Utah Valley University. Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies the student to be considered for admission.

To continue in the program, students are expected to maintain all program standards. They must maintain expected levels of competence in all coursework, field work, and student teaching with all course grades at or above a B- and a program GPA of 3.00 or higher. Additionally, teacher candidates are expected to adhere to standards of personal integrity, responsibility, and citizenship commonly expected of professional educators.

Persons who hold a valid (current or expired) Professional Elementary Education Teaching License may pursue relicensing course work through the School of Education.

 
 

School of Education

  • Dean: Parker Fawson
  • Office: ME 117b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8006
 
 

Faculty

Lorilynn Brandt(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, M.Ed., Reading and Literacy, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Elaine Byrd(1992)

Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.S., Social Work, Ed.D., Reading, Brigham Young University; M.A., Education/Reading Specialist, Hood College, Maryland

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Debora Escalante(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Theatre and Cinematic Arts, M.A., Theatre, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Utah State University.

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Vessela Ilieva(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Mathematics Education, Utah State University; M.S., Electronics Engineering, Technical University; M.Ed., English as a Second Language, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Sandy Jay(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Elementary Education, Florida State University.

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Mi Kang(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., M.Ed., Korean Language and Literature Education, Chonbuk National University; M.S., Educational Leadership, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Keri Measom(2012)

Lecturer

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.A., Elementary Education, Southern Utah University; M.Ed., Education, Brigham Young University.

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Michael Patch(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Department Chair

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Communication, M.Ed., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Nevada.

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Nancy Peterson(1997)

Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Old Dominion University; Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Virginia.

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Krista Ruggles(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.A.E., M.Ed., Elementary Education, Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Florida.

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Tracy Sermon(2001)

Sr. Lecturer

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.S., MHSD Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; M.S., Family Science, Brigham Young University.

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Ann Sharp(2009)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.S., Elementary Education, M.S., Education, Educational Studies, University of Utah; Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Mary Sowder(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Music, Chapman University; M.S., Computer Education, NOVA Southeastern University; Ph.D., Teacher Education, University of Nevada.

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Elaine Tuft(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Elementary & Early Childhood Education, M.A., Elementary Education, Utah State University; Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching & Educational Policy, Michigan State University.

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Nichole Wangsgard(2015)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.S., Exercise Science, Weber State University; M.S., Special Education, University of Utah; Ph.D., Special Education, University of Northern Colorado.

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Sandie Waters(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.A., Sociology, Pre-Medicine, St. Mary’s University; M.A., Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University; Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Utah State University.

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Sue Womack(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.A., Child Development, M.A., Education, Educational Technology, California State University; Ph.D., Education Leadership & Foundations, Brigham Young University.

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Careers

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