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Secondary Teaching, Graduate Certificate

Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree. They must have completed coursework in one of the teaching major subject areas for secondary education approved by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) prior to admission into either program. The primary goal of the program will be to ensure that teacher candidates, through support, supervision, and evaluation, can demonstrate and apply the competencies required by the USBE for teacher licensure. Includes the basic coursework and field experiences required of all teacher candidates for an initial teaching license, ensuring that competencies in both subject knowledge and pedagogy are met.

Total Program Credits: 29

Matriculation Requirements:

Requirements for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching (GCST) program would include the following:

  1. Verification of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a recognized content major (or with equivalent coursework) in a discipline taught in Utah secondary schools and for which UVU can recommend a secondary teaching license. Any coursework required by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) for a content major* must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to admission into the GCST program.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credits of university coursework.
  3. Passing scores from the Praxis II [subject-area test(s)] as required by the USBE.
  4. Successful completion of a background check through USBE.

* Students will have completed a content-specific methods course prior to admission into the program. These courses are not offered in the School of Education, but in the appropriate content areas across the University. The following courses would be examples.

  • ART 3500  Secondary Art Education Methods I WE (1.0)             
  • ART 3510  Secondary Art Education Methods II WE(3.0)           
  • ENGL 4210  Methods in Teaching Literacy I (3.0)
  • ENGL 4220  Methods in Teaching Literacy II (3.0)           
  • ENGL 4230  Methods in Teaching Literacy III Teaching the Conventions of Writing (3.0) 
  • GEO 4200  Teaching Methods in Science (3.0)
  • PHYS 4200 Teaching Methods in Science (3.0)
  • CHEM 4200 Teaching Methods in Science (3.0)
  • BIOL 4200 Teaching Methods in Science (3.0)
  • LANG 4200 Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language (3.0)
Discipline Core Requirements: 29 Credits
  EDUC 6201 Teacher Performance Assessment Project 2
  EDUC 6202 Classroom Management Practicum 3
  EDUC 6203 Student Teaching Graduate Licensure 6
  EDUC 6320 21st Century Instruction and Assessment 3
  EDUC 6330 Diversity and Differentiation in the Classroom 3
  EDUC 6310 Assessing Educational Practices 3
  EDUC 6663 Content Area Reading 3
  EDUC 6081 Instruction, Curriculum and Educational Leadership in the Digital Age 3
  EDUC 6084 Universal Design for Learning 3

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of all required coursework, with a grade of B- or better.
  2. Completion of the Teacher Performance Assessment, with a score of 42 or better.
  3. Successful completion of student teaching or internship hours. 
  4. Residency hours -- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.

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
EDUC 6320 21st Century Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 6081 Instruction and Curriculum in the Digital Age 3
EDUC 6663 Content Area Literacy 3
  Semester total: 9
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 6202 Classroom Management Practicum 3
EDUC 6310 Assessing Educational Practices 3
EDUC 6084 Universal Design for Learning 3
  Semester total: 9
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 6330 Diversity and Differentiation 3
EDUC 6201 Teacher Performance Assessment Project 2
EDUC 6203 Student Teaching in Secondary Education, Graduate Licensure 6
  Semester total: 11
  Degree total: 29

Department

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