May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 General Catalog 

Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development

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Shawn Christiansen – ED 338C – (435) 865-8171
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(435) 586-8320
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Katie Groves – ED 338A – (435) 586-7800
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The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development views its primary mission as advancing education, human performance, and family development through knowledge, compassion, and action. The College seeks to prepare and develop dynamic, professional educators, administrators, leaders, and career specialists who constantly search for truth and excellence through effective practice, collaboration, and scholarship.

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development is fortunate to have two tremendous facilities that provide students with state-of-the art technology, equipment, and learning centers. They are the J. L. Sorenson Physical Education Building and the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building. In addition, the College has several established programs with school districts, educational and governmental agencies, and public and private businesses that provide students with field experiences, internships, service, and career development opportunities. 

College Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

The College of Education and Human Development prepares caring, competent, and knowledgeable professionals empowered to be productive citizens, socially responsible leaders, high achievers, and lifelong learners. PTEP goals and learning outcomes align to the Utah Effective Teaching Standards and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards. Professional educators seeking graduate degrees and/or administrative endorsement meet the Highly Effective or Distinguished levels of the Utah Effective Teaching Standards and National Boards of Professional Teaching Standards as teachers and/or the Utah Educational Leadership Standards as administrators. Family Life and Human Development (FLHD) goals and learning outcomes are aligned to the standards of the National Council on Family Relations where students are prepared to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).  FLHD also follows standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Department of Kinesiology and Outdoor Recreation goals and learning outcomes align with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education as well as professional standards in Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism.

Departments, Programs, & Centers

Department of Family Life and Human Development

Go to information for Department of Family Life and Human Development.


Associate’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree


Department of Teacher Education

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Bachelor’s Degree


Master’s Degree

Teaching Endorsement

Teaching Licensure


Please see Professional Teacher Education Program Courses/Admissions and Licensure by the Utah State Office of Education for further information.

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Elementary Education (1-8)
  • Secondary Education (7-12)
  • Special Education - Mild/Moderate
  • Utah Administrative/Supervisory

Please note: No “D” grades will be accepted for licensure, including transfer courses.

Students are encouraged to obtain information and assistance from their Student Success Advisor or department head as they set goals and determine programs of study. Program requirements are subject to change, and personal attention is given to help students select appropriate course work.

Graduate Endorsements

Graduate Endorsements (6000-Level)*

  • Graduate Elementary Mathematics Endorsement
  • Graduate English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) Endorsement
  • Graduate Gifted and Talented Endorsement
  • Graduate Library/Media K-12 Endorsement
  • Graduate Reading Endorsement (Utah State Basic Reading Endorsement and Level 2 Reading Specialist)
  • Graduate Technology Education Endorsement

K-12 Program Endorsements (5000-Level)**

  • Early Childhood Education Additional Licensure Area (Elementary)
  • Educational Technology Endorsement (Elementary, Secondary)
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement (Elementary, Secondary, SPED)
  • Gifted and Talented Endorsement (Elementary, Secondary, SPED)
  • Library/Media Endorsement (Elementary, Secondary, SPED)
  • Mathematics Endorsement (Elementary)
  • Reading Level 1 Endorsement (Elementary, Secondary, SPED)
  • Reading Level 2 Endorsement (Elementary, Secondary, SPED)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Endorsement (Elementary)

* Offered as needed.
** Offered in district/educational organization professional learning communities only.

Other Information


The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Review Board recommended unanimously, on October 23, 2015, that the College’s Professional Teacher Education Program and Leadership in Education and Administrative Development Program be fully accredited through 2022.  All teacher preparation programs are aligned with Utah Effective Teaching StandardsUtah Educational Leadership Standards, ISLCC (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium) standards, InTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards, and NBPTS (National Board Professional Teaching Standards) standards. The Department of Kinesiology and Outdoor Recreation’s Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). SUU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Art Education program is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the Dance Education program is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Educational Outreach and Partnership

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University is committed to building quality collaborative partnerships between school districts, universities, government, and educational agencies in terms of professional development, curriculum development, and instructional delivery.

To facilitate this, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development have developed strong partnerships with several state, regional, and national agencies. These partnerships enable the College to provide for its students and faculty with the very best in programs, internships, work opportunities, hands-on learning experiences, and professional development growth.


Board of Trustees Scholarship

The SUU Board of Trustees Endowment is funded by members of the Board of Trustees and awarded to an outstanding student of junior class standing. One outstanding student is chosen from the College of Education and Human Development to apply for this award.

In terms of financial assistance for a student, this is one of the most prestigious scholarships offered by the University. The award is full tuition and student fees, plus $1000, for an IN-STATE student. If the student is non-resident, they will be responsible for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

Eccles Scholarships

Eccles Scholarships will be awarded to students from Utah (Intermountain West) who have excelled academically and personally in their lives. The Eccles scholarships are among the most prestigious on campus. Students should contact the College of Education and Human Development at (435) 865-8320 for applications, requirements, and deadlines.

Beverley Taylor Sorensen Arts Education Scholarship

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Education Scholarship pays tuition and regular fees and will continue until the student graduates in Elementary Education with an additional 18 credits in Dance, Music, Visual Arts, or Theatre. Scholarship recipients must enroll for a minimum of 12 -18 credit hours each semester in order to maintain full-time status.

The program will also pay for credits earned in certain off-campus programs. All credits earned during such experiences and paid for by the loan program must be applicable to the Elementary Education licensure program the recipient is pursuing. Contact (435) 865-8721 for application and additional information.

Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loans

Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loans are awarded for eight semesters of study to deserving Utah high school graduates and current SUU students who are entering the teaching profession in the state of Utah and who maintain a 3.0 GPA. These loans provide for payment of tuition and fees. Repayment is waived for each semester an applicant teaches in the State of Utah for each semester of loan funding used. The deadline for submitting applications for the Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan is March 31. Interested high school students should contact their principal or superintendent about the program. Interested transfer or continuing students may contact SUU’s Education Department at (435) 586-7800, ED 338A.

Departmental Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available to students demonstrating a potential for excellence in education studies. Students should contact the Department of Teacher Education and Family Development at (435) 586-7802 about available scholarships, requirements, and deadlines.

Student Organizations

In order to gain the greatest experience at SUU, students should plan to participate in one of the excellent college student organizations. Among the many student organizations of interest to education majors are the following:

  • Education Club
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (FCS Honor Society)
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
  • Student Reading Council and Honor Society

The SUU-Iron County School District Partnership

Southern Utah University, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development, and the Iron County School District have enjoyed a long and productive partnership with the common goal of improving teaching and learning and enhancing student achievement.

Key areas of focus in the partnership include support, collaboration, and facilitation of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development. These include:

  • Elementary “Block” Teaching Preparation at North Elementary STEAM School.
  • Secondary “Block” Teaching Preparation Programs.
  • Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education Clinical Practice placements and Educational Leadership Intern placements at all district elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Practicum opportunities for college students associated with Reading, ESL, Special Education, and other programs and courses.
  • Collaboration with the College of Science and Engineering in the facilitation of the Cedar Mountain Science Center Annual Summer Outdoor Education Camps.
  • Continued support and collaboration with the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC), which serves not only the Iron County School district, but the Millard, Beaver, Garfield, Kane, and Washington School Districts.
  • Facilitation of the artsFUSION Program and Arts Outreach Program.

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