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Early Childhood Education, A.S.

Requirements

Individuals who earn an Associate Degree In Early Childhood Education are prepared to teach preschool in private and corporate centers, Head Start, and public education tuition preschools, or work as center directors. The Associate Degree in Early Childhood can be planned to fill the majority of the requirements for entry into the Elementary Education Program. The UVU Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The UVU Teacher Education Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5.0)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0)    
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 2000 Algebraic Reasoning with Modeling (3.0)  
  STAT 1040  Introduction to Statistics (3.0)   
  STAT 1045  Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (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
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span ("C" grade or higher) 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 25 Credits
  EDEC 1640 Childrens Music and Movement 2
  EDEL 2200 Computer Technology in Education 2
  EDEC 2300 Including Young Diverse Learners 2
  EDEC 2500 Child Development Birth to Eight Years 3
  EDEC 2600 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 2
  EDEC 2610 Child Guidance 3
  EDEC 2620 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
  EDEC 2630 Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood 3
  EDEC 2700 Early Childhood Practicum 3
  EDEC 2720 Early Childhood Assessment 2

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. C- grade or higher in all program classes unless otherwise specified.
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. First aid/CPR certification, food handler's permit, portfolio review and acceptance by Education Committee

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 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Writing or Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
MAT 1030 or 1035 or STAT 1040 or 1045 or MATH 1050 or 1055 or MATH 2000 Quantitative Reasoning or QR with Integrated Algebra or Into to Statistics or Intro to Statistics or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or Algebraic Reasoning with Modeling 3
PSY 1100 Human Development Life Span 3
EDEL 2200 Computer Technology in Education 2
Humanities Distribution  3
  Semester total: 14
Notes: Math and English require appropriate placement; Humanities Distribution recommend COMM 1020
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing: Humanities/Social Science 3
EDEC 2600 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 2
EDEC 2630 Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood 3
American Institutions  3
Physical Science Distribution 3
  Semester total: 14
Notes: American Institutions recommend HIST 1700 or POLS 1100; Physical Science Distribution recommend PHSC 1000
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Biology Distribution 3
HLTH 3100 Health Education for Elementary Teachers 2
Fine Arts Distribution 3
EDEC 2300 Including Young Diverse Learners 2
EDEC 2500 Child Development Birth to Eight Years 3
EDEC 2610 Child Guidance 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: Biology Distribution recommend BIOL 1010; Fine Arts Distribution recommend ART 2100 or THEA 2100 or MUSC 2100 or DANC 2100; EDEC 2300 and 2500 Fall semesters only
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
3rd Science Distribution 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
EDEC 1640 Children's Music and Movement 2
EDEC 2620 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
EDEC 2700 Early Childhood Practicum 3
EDEC 2720 Early Childhood Assessment 2
  Semester total: 16
Notes: 3rd Science Distribution recommend GEO 1010; EDEC 1640 Spring semesters only ; EDEC 2700 and 2720 are co-requisites; Suggest taking MATH 2010 and 2020 and PETE 2150 to facilitate transition into B.S. Elementary Education program if desired.
  Degree total: 60

 

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 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: 801-863-8228
  • 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

 

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.

Certificates/Degrees

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
 
 

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., Teacher Education/Literacy, 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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Nicole Gearing(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.A., Elementary Education, Thiel College; M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Grand Canyon University; Ed.S., Early Childhood Education, University of West Georgia; Ph.D., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Georgia 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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Keri Measom(2012)

Lecturer

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.S., 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)

Associate 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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John Smith(2018)

Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty



B.S., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; M.A., Elementary Curriculum, University of Utah; Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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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, 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

Careers:  
Teaching in early childhood programs and child care centers, Head Start teacher and teacher aide, teacher aid in elementary school, owner and director of preschool or child care center, Head Start Head Teacher.

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