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Secondary Education, Licensure

Requirements

The Professional Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry level candidates for teaching in secondary education programs grades 6-12.

All students who matriculate into the professional licensure program must have a major in an approved content area. Students seeking 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 6-12.

Baccalaureate degrees (BS and BA) are granted through the content area department and not through the School of Education. Licensure is granted through the School of Education Program.

To continue in the teacher education 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- or higher. Additionally, teacher candidates are expected to adhere to standards of personal integrity, responsibility, and citizenship commonly expected of professional educators.

Total Program Credits: 32

Matriculation Requirements: 
  1. ACT exam minimums: Composite 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 3.0 or higher with no grade lower than a C in content area courses.
  3. Completion of all General Education requirements and the majority of content area courses.
  4. Pass group interview directed by the Secondary Teacher Education Department.
  5. Pass LiveScan Criminal Background Check.
Discipline Core Requirements: 32 Credits
  EDSC 3000 Educational Psychology 3
  EDSC 3050 Foundations of American Education 2
  EDSC 3250 Instructional Media 2
  EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students 2
  EDSC 4200 Classroom Management I 2
  EDSC 4250 Classroom Management II 2
  EDSC 445G Multicultural Instruction ESL 3
  EDSC 4440 Content Area Literacies 3
  EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment 3
  EDSC 4850 Student Teaching--Secondary 10

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 6 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSP 3400 Exceptional Students 2
EDSC 3000 Educational Psychology 3
EDSC 3050 Foundations of American Education 2
EDSC 4550 Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment 3
  Semester total: 10
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSC 3250 Instructional Media 2
EDSC 4200 Classroom Management I (Dance Education Majors take DANC 4430) 2
EDSC 4440 Content Area Literacies (English Majors take ENGL 4210) 3
EDSC 445G Multicultural Instruction and ESL 3
Methods Course(s) Dependent on individual Department requirement varies
  PRAXIS II TEST Required for Licensure  
  Semester total: 10
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
EDSC 4850 Student Teaching 10
EDSC 4250 Classroom Management II 2
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 32

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 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.

 
 

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
  • Advisor: Kim Fale
  • Office: ME 114b
  • Telephone: 801-863-5184
  • Email: kim.fale@uvu.edu
 
 
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 6-12. 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), 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.

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 6-12. 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, and Spanish Education. English as a Second Language (ESL), Dual Language Immersion (DLI), and Reading  endorsements are also offered.

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; and 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 and 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
 
 

Faculty

Teresa Cardon(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: Center for Autism
Director

Department: Behavioral Science
Faculty

B.A., M.A., Communicative Disorders, California State University; Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University.

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Raquel Cook(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., English Literature, Brigham Young University; M.S., Women’s Studies, Oxford University; Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Susan Cox(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., Spanish, M.S., Ph.D., Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University.

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Numsiri Kunakemakorn(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Gender Studies

B.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., Multicultural & International Education, University of San Francisco; M.A., English, Sonoma State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University.

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Axel Ramirez(2002)

Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., History, M.S., American History, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Utah.

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Kyle Reyes(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.A., Visual Arts-Graphic Design, M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Educational Leadership, University of Utah.

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Nicholas Rowley(2017)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.S., Elementary & Special Education, Southern Utah University; M.A., Special Education, University of Phoenix.

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Makenzie Selland(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., English, Spanish, Social Work, Northern Arizona University; M.Ed., Secondary English Education, George Washington University.

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Bryan Waite(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Department Chair

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Spanish, University of Texas; M.A., Spanish Education, Ph.D., Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity, University of Colorado.

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Trevor Warburton(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Mathematics and Spanish, Utah State University; M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Education, Culture, and Society, University of Utah.

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Lynda Williams(2011)

Lecturer

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty



B.S., Liberal Studies, Westmont College; M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, California State University, Fullerton.

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