Jul 16, 2024  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development

College Information

Dean (Interim): Jim Johnson
Old Main 212 ~ (435) 865-8628

Administrative Assistant/Education Licensure Coordinator:
Jan Neth
Old Main 211 ~ (435) 865-8320

Photo of Education Building


Administrative Assistant- Budget & Travel: vacant
Old Main 213 ~ (435) 865-7800

Academic Advisor (Teacher Licensure Programs): Heather Ogden
Education Building 303 ~ (435) 586-5420

Academic Advisor (FLHD & Non-licensure P.E. Programs): Kevin Wilson
Academic Advising Center ~ (435) 586-5420

College Website: http://www.suu.edu/ed/
College Fax: (435) 865-8046


The College of Education and Human Development at Southern Utah University is composed of two departments: The Department of Teacher Education and Family Development , and The Department of Physical Education and Human Performance .

The Department of Teacher Education and Family Development

The Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP)  mission is to prepare new teachers who possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to positively impact learning for all students in diverse classroom environments.

Professional Graduate Studies  advance professional educators and develop education leaders who are advocates for students and education and further the mission of SUU’s PTEP.
Family Development includes Family Life and Human Development with either an Early Childhood Development or Family Service emphasis. 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 Department of Physical Education and Human Performance

The Department of Physical Education and Human Performance , long recognized as the “Coaching Factory,” continues to lead the state and region in terms of providing the best trained and qualified coaches and physical educators. The Department includes, Athletic Training, Physical Education (includes Exercise Science, Coaching/Teaching), Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism and a Master’s Degree in Sports Conditioning and Performance.


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 three tremendous facilities that provide students with state-of-the art technology, equipment, and learning centers. They are the J. L. Sorenson Physical Education Building, the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building and Old Main. 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 Service goals and learning outcomes are aligned to the National Council on Family Relations, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) standards. The Department of Physical Education and Human Development 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. 

Degrees/Program Titles, Certificates and Centers

Graduate Degrees

Master of Education 
Master of Science in Sports Conditioning & Performance  

Undergraduate Degrees & Majors

Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science

Elementary Education, B.A. 
Elementary Education, B.S. 
Family Life and Human Development: Family Services, B.A. 
Family Life and Human Development: Family Services, B.S. 
Family Life and Human Development: Early Childhood Development, B.A. 
Family Life and Human Development: Early Childhood Development, B.S. 
Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism - Outdoor Education Emphasis, B.S. 
Physical Education - Exercise Science Emphasis, B.S. 
Physical Education - Teaching/Coaching Emphasis, B.S.  


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

Early Childhood Education (K-3)
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.


English as a Second Language (ESL)
Elementary Mathematics
Education Technology
Gifted and Talented
K-12 Library Media
Music (Secondary)
K-12 Physical Education

Students are encouraged to obtain information and assistance from their academic 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.


The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Review Board recommended unanimously, on June 23, 2009, that the College’s Professional Teacher Education Program and Leadership in Education and Administrative Development Program be fully accredited. All teacher preparation programs are aligned with Utah Effective Teaching Standards, Utah Educational Leadership Standards, InTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) and NBPTS (National Board Professional Teaching Standards) standards. The Physical Education Department’s Athletic Training major and program is accredited by the commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 

Other Information 

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 several strong partnerships with SUU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and 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.

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 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.

Student Scholarships

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 deserving male and female 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 in 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 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) 865-8320, OM 211.

Departmental Scholarships
A variety of scholarships are available to students demonstrating 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
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
  • Student Reading Council and Honor Society
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (FCS Honor Society)