Secondary Education, Licensure

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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 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 7-12. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching

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The Secondary Teaching Graduate Certificate and the related emphasis for secondary teaching in the existing Master of Education program are designed to ensure that teacher candidates, through support, supervision and evaluation, can demonstrate and apply the competencies required by the USBE for teacher licensure. Both will include the basic coursework and field experiences required of all teacher candidates for an initial teaching license, ensuring that competencies in both subject knowledge and pedagogy are met. All 18 emphasis credits earned in the Secondary Teaching Certificate program can be applied to the M.Ed. emphasis in secondary teaching. The master’s program will also require completion of coursework in advanced pedagogy, teacher leadership, and educational research that are part of the M.Ed. program.

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Special Education, B.S.

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The Professional Special Education Teacher Education Program at Utah Valley University is designed to prepare quality, entry-level candidates for teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities in special education programs grades K-12. Students successfully completing the Teacher Education Program graduation and licensure requirements will receive a BS in Special Education and a Level I Utah Professional Teaching License. Through electives, students can choose to specialize in concentration areas such as Autism Studies or Secondary Special Education Mathematics. Additionally, students can choose to earn a dual license in Special Education and Elementary Education grades K-6 or Secondary Education. To continue in the Teacher Education Program, students are expected in all coursework, to maintain all program standards. They must maintain expected levels of competence in fieldwork and student teaching placements with all course grades at or above a B- and a program GPA of 3.00 or higher. In addition, teacher candidates are expected to adhere to standards of personal integrity, responsibility, and citizenship commonly expected of professional educators.

Program Learning Outcomes

Autism Studies, Certificate

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The Autism Studies Certificate of Proficieny will be beneficial to anyone needing to work with, or interact with, those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This would include those in supervisory positions overseeing ASD adults, educators who may have students with an ASD diagnosis in their classrooms, counselors and medical professionals, emergency services personnel, librarians and other city personnel, and anyone seeking additional information and insight.

Program Learning Outcomes

Autism Studies, Minor

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The Minor in Autism Studies will be beneficial to anyone needing to work with, or interact with, those who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This would include those in supervisory positions overseeing ASD adults, educators who may have students with an ASD diagnosis in their classrooms, counselors and medical professionals, emergency services personnel, information and insight.

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