Nov 30, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog 

Graduate Studies in Education

Person IconAssociate Dean/Department Chair
Nichole Wangsgard - ED 325 - (435) 865-8295
Faculty IconFaculty & Staff
Person IconDirector of Graduate Studies
Tony Pellegrini – ED 309 – (435) 865-8084
Advisor IconAdvisor of Graduate Studies
Shelley Dahlin – ED 319 – (435) 586-7986
Person IconDirector of Accreditation, Assessment, & Program Quality
John Meisner – ED 303 – (435) 865-8242

Overview of Programs

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development’s Graduate Studies in Education programs have been tailored to meet the needs of practicing professionals in either education or physical education who desire to advance their educational training and expertise. The department’s programs provide multiple distance, face-to-face, and blended learning opportunities for individuals who desire to obtain a Master of Education Degree, Education Leadership, and/or specific endorsements to become highly qualified in critical areas of need.

The College’s Professional Teacher Education Program and the Leadership in Education and Administrative Development (LEAD) Program have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through 2022.


Creating caring, competent, and highly effective education leaders.


Advocate for remarkable innovation and change in Education.

Program Mission/Goals

The mission of the LEAD Program is to create caring, competent, and highly effective educational leaders. The LEAD Program advocates for remarkable innovation and change in education.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Educational leaders will be adept at community collaboration.
  • Educational leaders will be leaders within their school system.
  • Educational leaders will promote best teaching practices to maximize student success.
  • Educational leaders will be ethical within their school system.
  • Educational leaders will provide visionary leadership within their school system.
  • Educational leaders will manage the school system resources within their school system to promote student learning.

Admission Information

Admission to Graduate Studies in Education programs is a separate process from admission to the Southern Utah University School of Graduate Studies. There is no provisional admission in Graduate Studies in Education. For detailed directions on SUU Graduate Studies application procedures, potential candidates applying individually should refer to the Graduate Studies in Education web page:

Admission Requirements for Graduate Studies in Education Programs

All requirements for each program must be met prior to admission to the program. For specific requirements for Graduate Studies in Education Programs:

GPA Requirements

Transcripts must verify a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 semester credits (90 quarter credits) of approved undergraduate/graduate coursework.

Application Deadlines

Applications are not processed until they are complete. To ensure that your application can be processed in time to register for the next semester, all application materials must be completely filled in and received in the Graduate Studies in Education office by the following dates:

Semester Start Date Application Deadline
Spring semester Second Tuesday of November
Summer semester Second Tuesday of April
Fall semester Second Tuesday of July

Orientation Information

Before being admitted and cleared for appropriate coursework, applicants must also complete an orientation session. Orientation sessions may be during the first core course or, in some cases, online or via IVC (formerly EDNET) or some other online meeting program. Dates vary. Please contact the department at (435) 586-7968.

General Program Information

  • Master’s degree, licensure, and endorsement programs must be completed within six (6) years of beginning coursework after admission.
  • Graduate students may take up to six (6) credits in spring and fall semesters. Students may take nine (9) credits of graduate coursework in the summer semester. Due to the rigorous nature of graduate studies, students must have special permission from the Program Director, Associate Dean, or Dean to enroll in more than six (6) hours/credits during fall or spring semesters. Students may enroll for no more than nine (9) hours/credits during the summer.
  • All required courses must be passed with a “B” (3.0) or better to be counted in the degree unless otherwise specified. If a student earns a “B-” (2.7) or below in a course, the course must be retaken. NO OTHER courses may be taken (even concurrently) until the grade has been raised to the minimum “B.” Failure to raise the grade in two (2) subsequent attempts will result in the student being dropped from the program. Students dropped from the program may apply for readmission after a period of five (5) years has passed
  • Graduate students must earn a 3.0 GPA each semester. If the overall GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on probation for one semester. At the end of the probationary semester, if the GPA is not at or above 3.0, the student will be dropped from the program.
  • Incidents of academic dishonesty will be investigated and could impact the final grade in the course and/or status in the program. The SUU Student Handbook prohibits “cheating, forgery, plagiarism, or other use of work belonging to another person.” As stated in the SUU Catalog, “If a student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the student may be dismissed from the class and may receive a failing grade. Other penalties may include suspension or expulsion from school.” The Department of Graduate Studies randomly uses plagiarism detection software on submitted work.
  • If a student misses more than two (2) consecutive semesters, excluding summer sessions, the student must apply for readmission and is subject to current Catalog requirements at the time of readmission, unless a deferment form is filled out and submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Delivery of graduate programs is done through a variety of formats, both synchronous and asynchronous.
  • Students who receive a grade indicating non-completion of the capstone course (EDUC 6933 ), not a failing grade, MUST register for the EDUC 6931 - Capstone Master of Education Seminar  course for up to two (2) immediately consecutive semesters (not counting summer semester, although this course could be done in the summer semester if desired) to complete the Capstone Practitioner Research. Failure to register in the next appropriate semester or to complete the work in one of the subsequent two (2) semesters will result in a failing grade for the capstone, incurring the consequences for failing a course.
  • Policies and procedures are subject to change. 

Other Information


Programs of study within Graduate Studies in Education are aligned to national standards and assessments. Among these are:

Common Core State Standards

The professional development and administrative licensure programs integrate and emphasize the standards set forth in the Common Core State Standards initiative.

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards

The professional development programs are aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

ISLLC Standards

The Leadership in Education and Administrative Development (LEAD) program is aligned with the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. The ISLLC Standards are used extensively in coursework and internship activities.

NBPTS Standards

The Five Core Principles of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) guide and provide a conceptual framework for the operation of the M.Ed. Program.

Utah Effective Leadership Standards

The professional development programs are aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Utah Professional Teacher Standards

The professional development programs are aligned with the Utah Professional Teacher Standards. 

ETS Praxis Exam Topics

The administrative licensure program is aligned to the topics found in the Educational Testing Service 5412 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision exam. The passing score for Utah administrators is currently set at 146.

Non-Degree Programs of Study

Licensure Programs

K-12 Programs and Endorsements/Additional License Areas (5000-Level)*

  • Early Childhood Education Additional License Area
  • Elementary Mathematics Endorsement
  • English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) Endorsement
  • Gifted and Talented Endorsement
  • Library/Media K-12 Endorsement (offered through the Library–refer to Library Media for more information)
  • Reading (Level 1 or Level 2) Endorsement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Endorsement
  • Technology Education Endorsement

*May be used for elective credit in Master of Education program.
**Offered in district-sponsored professional learning communities only.