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Elementary Education



Elementary Education


ME 116




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Elaine Tuft


Mission Statement

The UVU School of Education prepares educators and clinicians to have a positive impact through meaningful innovation, engaged pedagogy, rigorous preparation, inclusion and diversity, and transformative communities.


Elementary Education

  • Administrative Support: Connie Wright
  • Office: ME 116
  • Telephone: 801-863-4762
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  • Field Coordinator: Janiece Seegmiller
  • Office: ME 101b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6580
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Advisement Center:

  • Administrative Contact: KayLynn Palmer
  • Office: ME 114
  • Telephone 801-863-8478
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  • Leslie Hudson
  • Office: ME 114f
  • Telephone: 801-863-8478
  • Email:
  • Shaunna Requilman
  • Office: ME 114d
  • Telephone: 801-863-8478
  • Email:


Early Childhood Education Program

The Early Childhood 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 Utah Professional Teaching License.

The UVU teacher education initial licensure program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

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

Upon successful completion of the UVU Professional Teacher Education Program and the Praxis Subject Assessment, students are recommended to the Utah State Board of Education for an Elementary Education professional educator license.This license allows individuals to teach in Utah elementary schools.


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. 

Admission & Retention

Admission to the Education Program is required for enrollment in professional studies level courses. Admission criteria*: 1) Praxis (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 EDEL pre-professional emphasis courses); 3) a grade of B- or higher in ENGL 2010 and a C or higher in all required math courses; 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.


School of Education

  • Dean:  Vessela Ilieva
  • Office: ME 117b
  • Telephone: 801-863-5183

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