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Elementary Education



Elementary Education


ME 116




Web Address:


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:
  • Field Coordinator: Paul Rasband
  • Office: ME 131c
  • Telephone: 801-863-6580
  • Email:

Advisement Center:

  • Administrative Contact: KayLynn Palmer
  • Office: ME 114
  • Telephone 801-863-8478
  • Email:


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

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 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

Admission 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

Degrees & Programs