Overview of Programs
Our undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs offer preparation and continuing professional development for teachers, supervisors, curriculum specialists, and other professional personnel pursuing careers in early childhood, elementary education, and secondary education settings. The Master of Education program is designed for persons who desire to engage in a graduate program that will help them improve their competencies as educators. Two degree options exist for students who wish to pursue careers in child and family development. The bachelor’s degree programs introduce students to family services and early childhood development.
As members of a life-long community, the department’s mission is to prepare compassionate and reflective professionals focused on the whole child, inclusive of family and community, who celebrate learning, value diversity and excellence, and promote creative and critical thinking.
Goals of Professional Teacher Education
- Offer sound and accessible pre-professional and professional preparation at undergraduate and graduate levels;
- Provide scholarly contributions, leadership, and service at state, national, and international levels; and
- Contribute to the instructional, intellectual, economic, social, and cultural diversity missions of the University.
The Department strives to:
- Develop maximal potential of individuals and groups for learning, living, and working;
- Enhance the emotional, intellectual, and adaptive capabilities of children and adults across the life span and in a variety of settings;
- Promote life-long learning of capable, knowledgeable, caring professionals through initial, advanced, and continuing education; and
- Respect the dignity of each person and all cultures.
Family Life and Human Development Mission
Graduates are grounded in a strong foundation of early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, human development over the lifespan, marriage and family relationships, and family services. The graduate has an interdisciplinary understanding of education and practice and how to best serve children and families.
Professional Teacher Education Program Mission
The mission of the Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) at SUU is to direct the operation of a coherent professional education program to produce teachers and administrators who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to positively impact learning for all students in diverse classroom environments.
Professional Teacher Education Program -
Success Model to Create Caring,
Competent, and Knowledgeable
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson (BTS) College of Education and Human Development’s Professional Teacher Education Program has a reputation for both academic rigor and solid connections to educational practice in the public schools.
Department/Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate is grounded in a strong foundation of education, developmentally appropriate practice, human development over the lifespan, marriage and family relationships, and family services.
- The graduate has developed skills to work with children, young adults, and families across the family life cycle in a wide variety of settings.
- The graduate has developed an interdisciplinary understanding of education and practice and how to best serve children, families, and communities.
- The graduate is sensitive to the diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds of the children, families, and communities they serve.
- The graduate understands their personal values and professional ethics as they relate to best serving children and families.
Note on Graduation Requirements and Licensure
Graduation requirements as listed in the catalog apply to SUU only. It is possible that additional, unforeseen university and/or Utah State Teaching License requirement changes may add additional course work, examinations, etc., to the program. In order to be recommended for a Utah State Teaching License, all such requirements must be met, even though they may not appear in the current version of the Catalog. BTS College of Education and Human Development and Student Success Advisors will provide updated information.
The Praxis State Licensure and Program Requirement Exams
The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) adopted a series of tests for initial teacher licensure. Required tests are dependent upon the content (subject) area and grade level teacher candidates are preparing to teach. In addition, the Professional Teacher Education Programs require certain exams be taken in order to be eligible for graduation prior to licensure. Students should consult their Student Success Advisor for current requirements.
Secondary education majors are required to take and pass the Praxis II Subject Assessment (content) for their major. The Praxis II Subject Assessment (content) test must be taken before block* (*final pedagogical courses prior to student teaching). Secondary education majors must pass the Praxis II Subject (content) exam. Secondary education majors are also required to take the Praxis II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) Secondary 7-12 test and must do so in order to graduate and/or be eligible for licensure. It is highly recommended that the Praxis II PLT be taken prior to student teaching.
Elementary majors are required to take and pass the Elementary Multiple Subjects Knowledge (content test) prior to being admitted into the Elementary Education Program. Students will be admitted provisionally for one semester if they pass three of the four subject areas on the Elementary Multiple Subjects Knowledge (content test). A provisional student must pass the fourth content area during their provisional semester to remain in the Elementary Education Program. They are also required to take the Praxis II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) K-6 test in order to graduate and/or be eligible for licensure. It is highly recommended the Praxis II PLT is taken prior to student teaching. Students may not take block courses until all sections of the content Praxis have been passed.
Students seeking to dual license in Special Education, in addition to meeting either elementary or secondary content exam requirements, are required to take the Special Education Knowledge-Based Core Principles test.
Registration and testing dates are published and announced. All tests are offered on campus through the SUU Testing Center and approved ETS testing sites. For registration forms and test dates and times consult the Praxis Bulletin or contact ets.org.
A final word about the Praxis II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching): Although failing the Praxis II PLT will not prevent a teacher candidate from completing the Professional Teacher Education Program or from graduating from SUU, the Praxis II PLT is required; primarily as an assessment tool to identify strengths and weaknesses of beginning teachers produced by the College. However, the Utah Education Code requires that teachers pass the Praxis II PLT in order to move from the initial Level I license to a Level II educator license. Teachers who fail to pass the test at the end of their Entry Year Experience (EYE) are required to develop a professional growth plan in collaboration with their employing district. Utah state Level I Teachers have up to three years to complete the test and qualify for Level II educator licensure.
Teacher candidates must meet the requirements as listed above for Praxis II exams, respective to Elementary and Secondary Education programs, to be recommended by the BTS College of Education and Human Development for a Utah Educator License Level I, issued by the USOE. Contact a Teacher Education Student Success Advisor for required content test.
||Praxis II Content Exam
||Praxis II PLT Exam
|Elementary Education License
||Elementary Education Multiple Subjects Content Knowledge. See ets.org for State of Utah Requirements.
||Elementary PLT K-6
|Secondary Education License
||See ets.org for State of Utah Requirements.
||Secondary PLT 7-12
|Special Education License
||Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge and additional content test to be considered “highly qualified.” See ets.org for State of Utah Requirements.
||Elementary PLT K-6 or Secondary PLT 7-12 (depends on program)
|Utah Administrative Supervisory License
||Educational Leadership. See ets.org for State of Utah Requirements.
Admission to the elementary or secondary education program is a separate process from Southern Utah University admission. Admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program does not guarantee recommendation for license.
Required PTEP courses that may be taken prior to PTEP Admission:
Professional Teacher Education Program Admission Component: Admission applications can be found online at https://my.suu.edu/education/apply.
- Complete Professional Teacher Education Program Application. Online applications must be submitted to the Department of Teacher Education and Family Development. Complete applications for admission must be submitted by the following deadlines:
- Spring Admission - Second Tuesday in September
- Fall Admission - Second Tuesday in February
- Complete and receive Utah State Office of Education Background (Fingerprint) Clearance. A criminal background check is required before a Teacher Education candidate can work in the public schools in extended practicum and student teaching. Background Check information is available online at www.utah.gov/teachers.
- In compliance with the guidelines established by the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission for Standards of Ethical Conduct for Utah Educators, it is expected that any candidate for admission to the teacher education programs at all Utah teacher education institutions will voluntarily indicate to the teacher education institution that he/she has been convicted for a misdemeanor or a felony, or has been denied admission to any other teacher education program.
- Utah State Board of Education policy requires that teacher candidates’ fingerprints be submitted to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), a state agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which will search regional and national files for criminal convictions. Licensure cannot be obtained until the background clearance is complete and approved. In some cases, sealed records may be accessed to determine the candidates’ fitness for teaching. Background checks are valid for three years from the date they are completed.
- Have the required 3.0 CUM GPA with a 3.0 CUM GPA for the semester (12 credit minimum) prior to admission. Failure to maintain a 3.0 once admitted to the PTEP will result in probation. Two semesters of probation with a GPA below 3.0 will result in revocation from the program. A formal appeal is required for reinstatement.
- Have received a “C” grade or higher on all completed General Education required courses.
- Interview (may be waived based on course performance).
- Pass the applicable test for admission.
- Elementary Education majors must pass the Elementary Multiple Subjects Knowledge content test.
- Secondary Students: ACT with minimum scores required in each area, with a composite score of at least 21: English - 20, Math - 19, Reading - 18, Science - 18, OR Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators. If your ACT scores are below the minimum requirement, you will need to take the Praxis I. This is a general knowledge test covering Reading, Writing, and Math. You must pass Praxis I with scores of Reading - 156, Writing - 162, and Math - 150 or better. (To register for Praxis series tests, go to www.ets.org.)
- SAT scores can be accepted in place of ACT on an individual basis. Education Student Success Advisors can assist with acceptance of these scores.
- Students are responsible for checking the ets.org website in order to register for the correct Praxis exam.
It is the responsibility of the student to assure admission components are complete and appropriately submitted. Notification of admission status will be approximately three weeks after completed folders are submitted. Students who are denied initial admission may appeal through the Professional Practices Committee or reapply in the future. Students must be willing to sign statements indicating compliance with the PTEP dress and behavior standards as well as Standards of Ethical Conduct for Utah Educators.
Required PTEP courses taken after admittance to the PTEP:
* Requires BTS College of Education and Human Development PTEP and Student Success Advisor Approval.
Students completing Area of Specialization courses with a course prefix of ECED, EDRG, EESL, or SPED must be admitted to the Professional Teacher Education Program.
Professional Teacher Education Program Capstone: All prerequisites, general, and specialization education courses must be completed prior to recommendation to Student Teaching.
Required PTEP Block courses should be taken prior to being admitted to Capstone (Student Teaching):
Student-Teaching: The Student-Teacher candidates must receive an unanimous recommendation from all PTEP professors. Student-Teacher candidates must submit an application to the Teacher Education Department Field Service Placement Office:
- Student-Teaching Applications are available from Betty Ann Rember and must be submitted to the Field Service Placement Office by the date specified:
- Student-Teaching in the Fall application due second Tuesday, prior February.
- Student-Teaching in the Spring application due second Tuesday, prior September.
- A Student Teaching License from the Utah State Office of Education. Application is at secure.utah.gov/elr/welcome.html.
- Fees for Student Teaching: Students will be assessed a $16.00 per credit hour fee for student teaching. This will include the following student teaching courses: ELED 4980 , SCED 4980 , and SPED 4980 .
- No teacher candidate will receive credit for student teaching while employed by a school district, other than an SUU-approved internship.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development is committed to a high quality student teaching experience. They are also committed to promoting and maintaining standards of excellence that meet College, Department, University, State, and National competencies. Student teaching placements will be made based on the following information:
- Collaborative agreements made with cooperating school districts to place a specified number of teacher candidates in their district. This is based upon the school district’s needs and upon having sufficient numbers of mentor teachers and subject/grade availability. Each semester the Teacher Education Department will determine those districts that will be identified as cooperating school districts.
- Placement requests for districts that are not identified as cooperating districts will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. No placements will be made in such a district unless supervision requirements and arrangements are met.
- No placement made outside of the Field Services Placement Office will be accepted.
Teacher Education Department Field Service Placement Office will seek placement for the teacher candidate in a district and school approved by the department. Placement of teacher candidates will be done by the SUU Teacher Education Department Field Service Placement Office in collaboration with cooperating districts. Once placed, the teacher candidate will be notified in writing and will be given 10 days upon the receipt of placement notification to accept the placement or make written appeal.
Upon acceptance of student teaching placement, the student will be registered for the required number of student teaching hours and pay all required fees. Registration for student teaching will be done by the Teacher Education Department and will be completed no later than the final day of registration for seniors. Any student withdrawing from student teaching after registration will forfeit student teaching fees.
Students will be assigned to their student teaching placement for the time needed to complete their licensure requirements. Students must successfully complete their student teaching assignment and be evaluated by their mentor teacher(s) and Education supervisor. These evaluations and all other criteria are to be given to the Education Supervisor no later than one week prior to the last day of finals in any given semester. Student teaching accountability folders will be reviewed by the Teacher Education Department. Completed folders will be forwarded to the appropriate department for filing of permanent records and data collection.
A graduation and licensure check will be completed by the Licensing Coordinator in the Dean’s office and the Student Success Advisor. Recommendations for licensure will be forwarded to the Utah State Office of Education. Incomplete student folders will not be forwarded to the licensure office until completed.
Student Teaching - Out of Utah: Any out of state placements are discouraged since the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development at SUU licenses teachers in Utah and follows guidelines established by the USOE and accreditation agencies. Out of state placements must meet rigorous standards and conditions. They are as follows:
- All Out of State Student Teaching placements are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Department Chair and Field Service Placement Office.
- Individuals requesting an Out of State Placement must be in good standing and present a compelling reason for such a placement. This is to be submitted in writing to the Field Services Director six (6) months prior to the deadline of the semester they desire to do their Student Teaching. All candidates, as well as schools/districts outside of Utah where placement is requested, must agree to follow all policies and procedures established by SUU’s College of Education and Human Development for Student Teaching.
- Candidates seeking Out of State Student Teaching Placement must be willing to pay any additional costs or fees related to supervision and the successful completion of Student Teaching. Candidates will be expected to cover all other expenses related to relocation based upon the placement.
- In the event a Candidate must be removed from an Out of State Placement, action will follow current procedures as identified in the College of Education and Human Development.
Teaching Internship Opportunities: Periodically the Teacher Education Department and Cooperating School Districts within the State of Utah collaborate and provide teaching internship opportunities for qualified teacher candidates. Such internships can provide teacher candidates with valuable experiences that enhance their professional skills and development. Teacher candidates who are interested in a teaching internship in a public school must have all course work completed including all of their professional education courses, with the exception of clinical practice. Teacher candidates must meet the same requirements necessary for student teaching. Any student who is interested in a teaching internship must contact the Department Chair for admission requirements and application. (Forms are available online at www.suu.edu/ed/tehd.)
Policy for Transfer Students
All transfer students must have their teacher education credit hours evaluated. They must meet the following conditions:
- Recency requirement: Professional education courses completed prior to the SUU elementary or secondary education program are evaluated for content and current educational standards. Courses older than ten (10) years will not be accepted. Some programs and endorsements may vary, check with the department.
- Practicum: Practicum experience will be permitted only when the following conditions have been satisfied:
- Time spent in practicum and student teaching is equivalent to SUU requirements.
- Evidence documenting successful participation and completion of such experiences.
- The student has completed all professional teacher education coursework and content majors and minors (or approved equivalents) as required by the Department of Teacher Education and Family Development.
- Course articulation: Transfer courses being considered must articulate with existing coursework at Southern Utah University.
Professional Practices Committee
The Southern Utah University PTEP Professional Practices Committee (PPC) is responsible for insuring that all students admitted to PTEP are in compliance with all State of Utah licensure requirements as well as all Southern Utah University institutional requirements.
Students seeking educator licensure at Southern Utah University found to be in violation of the established Standards of Ethical Conduct for Utah Educators’ will be referred to the PPC. Students not in compliance may be referred to the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The PPC shall also have the authority to review students’ appeals regarding such catalog requirements as admissions, completion of graduation and licensure requirements, student teaching evaluations, etc. The PPC schedules meetings on an as-needed basis.
Appeals Process: Due Process Procedure
Students who have applied for and been denied admission to college programs may appeal the decision to the College of Education and Human Development PPC. The BTS College of Education and Human Development Student Success Advisors will provide the students with an appeal form and a copy of the due process memorandum. Following consideration of the student appeal, the PPC, through the Student Success Advisor, will inform the student in writing of the appeal’s decision and any stipulation/conditions attached to the decision. This written notice and the action of the committee will be noted on the copy of the appeals form returned to the student. If the student wishes to appeal the decision or stipulations/conditions attached to the committee decision, the student may appeal to the Associate Dean of the BTS College of Education and Human Development; if the student does not agree with the decision, he/she may then appeal to the Dean. The Student Success Advisor will provide the student with another copy of the appeal form and will notify the Dean of a possible appeal by noting such on the original appeal and forwarding a copy to the Dean of the BTS College of Education and Human Development.
Probation, Revocation, and Reinstatement
After being admitted to the PTEP, a student’s GPA may not fall below the 3.0 standard. Should it be necessary to place a student on probation or revoke the student’s admission, the due process procedure will be followed. The definitions and procedures below will govern situations involving probation, revocation and reinstatement.
Students who have been admitted to the PTEP must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester. Failure to maintain a 3.0 GPA for one semester will result in the Student Success Advisor sending a letter to the student informing him/her that he/she is on probation. Students on probation will be removed from probationary status by the Student Success Advisor if the student’s GPA, the next semester, is a minimum 3.0. Students on probation may continue enrolling in Education courses.
A student who fails to meet the 3.0 GPA any two (2) semesters will be informed that his/her admission to the PTEP has been revoked. The student will not be allowed to enroll in education courses until he/she has been reinstated.
A student whose admission has been revoked must apply through the Professional Practices Committee (PPC) for reinstatement to the PTEP. After submitting an application for reinstatement, the student may be readmitted after 12 credit hours of 3.0 GPA with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
Note: Students applying for reinstatement should be aware that the dates of registration and posting of grades may result in them not being reinstated in time to enroll in education classes they may need. By the time their 3.0 GPA has been verified the class(es) needed may be closed.
Area of Concentration
An approved area of concentration is required for elementary education majors. To teach in grades 7 and 8, a secondary teaching content minor is required. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisor before making coursework selections.
Special Education (Mild/Moderate) (K-12)
Statement of Philosophy
To facilitate inclusion with a collaboration emphasis, all students wishing to license in Special Education with a Mild/Moderate endorsement at SUU must also be licensed in elementary or secondary education.
Students planning to teach students with mild/moderate learning, behavioral, or intellectual disabilities must complete the program in mild/moderate special education in addition to either the elementary major or the secondary education licensure.
Admission to the Special Education (Mild/Moderate Endorsement) Program
The SUU Special Education (Mild/Moderate endorsement) program is a very carefully sequenced program. The program is limited to 35 students per group who start each sequence of classes. New sequences of classes start each fall semester.
Admission to the SUU Special Education (Mild/Moderate endorsement) program is contingent on the following:
- Admission to the PTEP.
- Completion of SPED 3030 with a grade of “B” or better.
Continued enrollment in the Special Education (Mild/Moderate endorsement) program is contingent on the maintenance of a “B” grade or better in all classes in the program. Application materials and further information regarding this program may be obtained by contacting the Teacher Education Department.
Specific Special Education/Dual-Licensure Student Teaching Requirements
To be eligible to complete student teaching in a special education school setting, the teacher candidate:
- Must have been officially admitted to the PTEP Capstone (Student Teaching)
- Must have completed all requirements for the major in elementary education or academic major for secondary education
- Will not register for any other course work during student teaching
- Will have completed all PTEP and Special Education Courses
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