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Secondary Education



Secondary Education


ME 116




Web Address:


Bryan Waite


Mission Statement

The School of Education prepares competent, caring and qualified individuals who are ready to assume the role of teacher in 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.


Secondary Education

  Department Chair: Bryan Waite

  • Administrative Support: Cindy Wilkinson
  • Office: ME 117
  • Telephone: 801-863-5657
  • Email:
  • Mail Stop: 126
  • Field Coordinator: John Burton
  • Office: ME 131b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6587
  • Email:
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 7-12. 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 Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), 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.


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 7-12. 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, Secondary French Education, Spanish Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), and a Certificate of Proficiency and Minor in Autism Studies.

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; 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 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

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