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Secondary Education

Department

Name:

Secondary Education

Location:

ME 116

Telephone:

801-863-8228

Email:

waitebr@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/education/secondary/

Chair:

Bryan Waite

 
 

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. 

 
 

 

Secondary Education

  Department Chair: Bryan Waite

  • Administrative Support: Cindy Wilkinson
  • Office: ME 117
  • Telephone: 801-863-5657
  • Email: cindy.wilkinson@uvu.edu
  • Mail Stop: 126
  • Field Coordinator: John Burton
  • Office: ME 131b
  • Telephone: 801-863-6587
  • Email:  John.Burton@uvu.edu
 
 

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 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.

Special Education Program

The Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching in elementary and secondary education programs grades K-12. Students successfully completing the UVU professional teacher education program graduation and licensure requirements receive a baccalaureate degree in Special 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.

Autism Studies, Minor

This minor can be earned in conjunction with any Bachelor degree major that UVU offers and consists of 19 credit hours. The Minor in Autism Studies provides a broad overview of the autism spectrum disorder. Courses cover the lifespan and the broad spectrum of autism. This minor includes intervention supports and behavior management techniques.

Career Opportunities

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 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.

Special Education Program

Professional Secondary Teacher Education Program

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

  Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program

Upon successful completion of the UVU Professional Teacher Education Program in Special Education and the Praxis Subject Assessment, students are recommended to the Utah State Board of Education for a Special Education mild to moderate K-12 professional educator license. This license allows individuals to teach in Utah elementary and secondary schools.  

Autism Studies, Minor

Career opportunities include working with, or interacting with, those who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This could include working in supervisory positions, overseeing ASD adults, educators who may have students with an ASD diagnosis in their classrooms, counselors and medical professionals, or emergency services personnel.

License

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.

Students seeking Special Education licensure complete required coursework in Spanish Education to qualify for a Level I Utah State Professional Education Licensure for grades K-12

Certificates/Degrees

Professional Secondary Teacher Education Program

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-Social Studies Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical Education Teacher Education, Theatre Arts Education, School Health Education, Secondary French Education, Spanish Education.

Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program

A Baccalaureate of Science Degree (BS) may be earned in Special Education.

Autism Studies, Minor

A minor may be received in Autism Studies.

Admission & Retention

Professional Secondary Teacher Education Program

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 pass ENGL 2010 or MATH 1030 (35), MATH 1040 (45), or MATH 1050 (55) respectively with a C or better. 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 70% of content area courses;
  4. No grade lower than a C in content area courses; and
  5. A LiveScan Criminal Background check. Applicants are accepted for fall and spring into the Secondary Teacher Education Program and for fall for the Special Education Program after meeting entrance requirements.

Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program

Admission to the Special 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 pass ENGL 2010 or MATH 1050 (55) or MATH 2000 respectively with a C or better;
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  3. Completion of all General Education and pre program coursework;
  4. A LiveScan Criminal Background check. Applicants are accepted for fall and spring into the Secondary Teacher Education Program and for fall for the Special Education Program after meeting entrance requirements.

*Please contact the Secondary / Special 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 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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