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Special Education, B.S.

Requirements

The Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities in special education programs grades K-12. Students successfully completing the Teacher Education Program graduation and licensure requirements will receive a BS in Special Education and a Level I Utah Professional Teaching License. Through electives, students can choose to specialize in concentration areas such as Autism Studies or Secondary Special Education Mathematics. Additionally, students can choose to earn a dual license in Special Education and Elementary Education grades K-6 or Secondary Education. To continue in the Teacher Education Program, students are expected in all coursework, to maintain all program standards. They must maintain expected levels of competence in fieldwork and student teaching placements with all course grades at or above a B- and a program GPA of 3.00 or higher. In addition, teacher candidates are expected to adhere to standards of personal integrity, responsibility, and citizenship commonly expected of professional educators.

Total Program Credits: 122

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  
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 *** 3
 Discipline Core Requirements: 74 Credits
Pre-Professional Core Requirements: *  
  EDEL 1010 Introduction to 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
  SLSS 120R Testing Strategies for Educators 1
  EDSP 3840 Instruction and Assistive Technology ** 2
  EDEL 3000 Educational Psychology 3
  EDEL 3350 Curriculum Design and Assessment 3
or EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (3.0)  
  EDEL 4200 Classroom Management I 1
  EDEL 4210 Classroom Management II 1
  EDEL 4400 Literacy Methods I 3
  EDSC 4440 Content Area Literacies   3
  EDEL 443G Teaching English as a Second Language 3
or EDSC 445G Multicultural Instruction ESL (3.0)  
  EDEL 4510 Elementary Math Methods I 3
  EDEL 4550 Elementary Math Methods II 3
  EDSP 4100 Instructional Strategies and Program Management for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
  EDSP 4110 Special Education Law/Policies/Procedures 3
  EDSP 4120 School to Post-School Transition Planning  2
  EDSP 4130 Math Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 2
  EDSP 4131 Math Practicum 1
  EDSP 4135 Reading and Writing Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12  2
  EDSP 4136 Reading Practicum 1
  EDSP 4140 Collaboration and Consultation with Parents and School Staff 3
  EDSP 4160 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 3
  AUTS 4650 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysi 3
  EDSP 4885 Special Education Student Teaching--Grades K-6  5
  EDSP 4895 Special Education Student Teaching--7-12 5
 Elective Requirements: 12 Credits
Complete additional credits to meet requirements. (Must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.) 12
Recommended elective courses:  
Autism Courses (Lead to Minor Track)  
  AUTS 3810 Autism Across the Lifespan I Infants and Children (3.0)  
  AUTS 2500 Understanding the Autism Spectrum (3.0)  
  AUTS 3820 Autism across the LIfespan II Teens and Adults (3.0)  
  AUTS 3850 Autism Assessment and Treatment (3.0)  
Education Courses (Lead to Dual License)  
  PETE 2150 Elementary Physical Education SPARK Method (2.0)  
  ART 3400 Elementary Art Education Methods (3.0)  
  EDEL 2200 Computer Technology in Education (2.0)  
iF students are interested in a different track, they can choose other approved teacher support concentrations as elective courses (see advisor).  

  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
*** "C" grade or higher
**** Department approval required.

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
Humanities Distribution 3
EDEL 1010 Introduction to Education 2
Physical Education Distribution 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing: Humanities/Social Science 3
MATH 2010 Mathematics for ELED I 3
EDEL 2330 Children’s Literature 3
PSY 1100 Human Development 3
Biology Distribution  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MATH 2020 Mathematics for ELED II 3
HLTH 3100 Health Education for Elementary Teachers 2
EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students 2
3rd Science Distribution  3
SLSS 120R Praxis Prep 1
Elective 1 3
Elective 2   3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
US Institutions 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Fine Art Distribution  3
EDSP 3840 Instruction and Assistive Technology 2
Elective 3   3
Elective 4   3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
EDEL 3000 Educational Psychology 3

EDEL 3350 or

EDSC 4550
Curriculum Design and Assessment or Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment 3
EDEL 4200 Classroom Management I 1
EDEL 4400 Literacy Methods I 3
EDSP 4100 Instructional Strategies and Program Management for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
EDSP 4110 Special Education Law, Policies, and Procedures 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours

EDSP 4130 and EDSP 4131

Math Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12, and Math Practicum 3
EDSP 4160 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education 3
EDSP 4140 Collaboration and Consultation with Parents and School Staff 3
EDEL 4210 Classroom Management II 1
EDSC 4440 Content Area Literacies 3
EDEL 4510 Elementary Math Methods I 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours

EDSP 4135 and EDSP 4136

Reading Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12, and Disabilities K-12, and Reading Program

3
EDSP 4120 School to Post-School Transition Planning 2
EDEL 443G or EDSC 445G Teaching English as a Second Language or Multicultural Instruction ESL 3
EDEL 4550 Elementary Math Methods II 3
AUTS 4650 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSC 4250 CClassroom Management II (Secondary) 2
EDSP 4885 and EDSP4895

Special Education Student Teaching, Grades K-6, and Special Education Student Teaching, Grades 7-12

10
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 122

Department

Name:

Secondary Education

Location:

ME 116

Telephone:

801-863-8228

Email:

cookra@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/education/secondary/

Chair:

Raquel Cook

 
 

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.

 
 

Secondary Education

 Department Chair: Raquel Cook

  • Administrative Support: Connie Wright
  • Office: ME 116
  • Telephone: 801-863-8228 
  • Email:  wrightco@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 126
  • Field Coordinator: John Burton
  • Office: ME 131b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6587
  • Email:  John.Burton@uvu.edu
  • Advisor: Rick Dumont
  • Office: ME 114b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8217
  • Email: dumontri@uvu.edu
 
 
Secondary 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

Professional Teacher Education Program

The Professional Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching in secondary education programs grades 6-12. All students who matriculate in the professional licensure program must have a major in an approved content area.

The UVU teacher education licensure program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), 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

Career opportunities result from completion of the UVU Professional Teacher Education Program which qualifies students for a license in Secondary Education. Certain EDSC courses transfer to other institutions offering these programs.

License

Students seeking secondary school licensure in approved content areas complete a major in that area and required coursework in Secondary Education to qualify for a Level I Utah State Professional Educator License for grades 6-12. Post BS/BA students seeking a secondary teaching license complete education course requirements and content area methods courses to qualify for the Level I Professional Educator License. Post BS/BA must be in a compatible major from a regionally accredited institution. Baccalaureate degrees (BS and BA) are granted through the content area department and not through the School of Education.

License/Degree Areas

A Baccalaureate Degree (BS and BA) may be earned in the following content area departments: Art Education, ASL and Deaf Studies Education, Biology Education, Business/Marketing Education, Chemistry Education, Physics Education, Dance Education, Earth Science Education, English Education, History Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical Education Teacher Education, Theatre Arts Education, School Health Education, and Spanish Education. English as a Second Language (ESL), Dual Language Immersion (DLI), and Reading  endorsements are also offered.

Admission & Retention

Admission to the Secondary Education Program is required for enrollment in professional studies level courses. Admission criteria*: 1) ACT exam minimums: composite score of 21, English 20, Math 19; or SAT exam minimums: Critical Read/Math 1000, with Math and Reading scores of 450; or if student has a bachelor degree or higher, he/she does not need to meet this testing requirement; 2) GPA of 3.00 or higher; and 3) Completion of all General Education requirements and the majority of content area courses; 4) No grade lower than a C in content area courses; 5) An interview directed by the Teacher Education Admission and Retention Committee; and 6) A LiveScan Criminal Background check. Applicants are accepted into the Teacher Education Program for fall and spring semesters after meeting entrance requirements.

*Please contact the Secondary Education Advisor for the current admission requirements.

To continue in the program, students are expected to maintain all program standards. They must maintain expected levels of competence in all education-related 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 professionalism as articulated in the UVU Professional Teacher Dispositions document.

 
 

School of Education

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

Faculty

Teresa Cardon(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Center for Autism
Director

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty

B.A., M.A., Communicative Disorders, California State University; Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University.

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Raquel Cook(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., English Literature, Brigham Young University; M.S., Women’s Studies, Oxford University; Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Susan Cox(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, M.S., Ph.D., Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University.

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Numsiri Kunakemakorn(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Gender Studies

B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Multicultural & International Education, University of San Francisco; M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University.

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Axel Ramirez(2002)

Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., History, M.S., American History, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Utah.

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Kyle Reyes(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., Visual Arts-Graphic Design, M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of Utah.

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Nicholas Rowley(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.S., Elementary & Special Education, Southern Utah University; M.A., Special Education, University of Phoenix.

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Makenzie Selland(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., English, Spanish, Social Work, Northern Arizona University; M.Ed., Secondary English Education, George Washington University.

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Bryan Waite(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Department Chair

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Spanish, University of Texas; M.A., Spanish Education, Ph.D., Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity, University of Colorado.

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Trevor Warburton(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Mathematics and Spanish, Utah State University; M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Education, Culture, and Society, University of Utah.

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Lynda Williams(2011)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.S., Liberal Studies, Westmont College; M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, California State University, Fullerton.

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