Elementary Education, BS


Program Description

The mission of the Department of Teacher Education is to develop competent, caring, and qualified teachers by ensuring that our students acquire the necessary professional knowledge in content and teaching. In pursuit of that goal, the department provides engaging and rigorous classes in the essential areas of teaching, extensive practicum/field experiences in a variety of settings, advisement/mentoring/supervision from experienced, knowledgeable, and caring professors, all within the context of a student-centered learning environment.

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

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Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Program Curriculum

125 - 126 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

*NOTE: Grade C or higher required in MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA) or  MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA).

Program Prerequisite Requirements

One of the following:

Minimum 63 college semester credits
Completed Associate of Arts degree
Completed Associate of Science degree

Complete one of the following to fulfill the Diversity Component:

  • Minimum 1-semester of any college-level foreign language (including ASL)
  • Evidence of having lived in a non-English speaking country or environment for a continuous period of one (1) year or more
  • Evidence of testing out of college-level foreign language coursework (CLEP or other standardized test accepted for credit at Utah Tech)
MATH 1030Quantitative Reasoning (MA) (recommended)3-4
or MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)
FSHD 1500Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)3
or PSY 1010 General Psychology (SS, GC)
or PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (SS, GC)
HIST 1700American History (AI)3
or POLS 1100 American Government (AI)
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (SS, GC, ALCI)3
EDUC 2500Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms3
EDUC 3110Educational Psychology3
MATH 2010Math for Elementary Teachers I3
MATH 2020Math for Elemen Teachers II3
EDUC 2700Graduation Planning, Program Application & Career Prep0

NOTE: USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses". Passing grade on MATH 2020 Math for Elemen Teachers II exit exam required.

Professional Courses

Admission to the Utah Tech Elementary Education program.
Semester I
ELED 3100Curriculum Design Plan Assess (ALPP)2
ELED 3150Principles of Early Childhood Education2
ELED 3250Effective Classroom Mgmt (ALPP)2
ELED 3350Literacy Acquisition of Young Children (ALPP)3
ELED 3410Language Acquisition Cognition ESL (ALCI)3
ELED 3200Practicum Seminar 13
ELED 3650Assessment of K-8 Learners (ALPP)3
Semester II
ELED 3300Literacy Intermediate Grades (ALPP)3
ELED 3420Assessment for ESL Education (ALCI)3
ELED 3500Healthy Lifestyle/PE for Elementary Teachers2
ELED 3900Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Children (ALPP)2
ELED 4100Methods of Teaching Elementary Math (ALPP)3
ELED 4200Fine Arts in Elementary3
ELED 3700Practicum Seminar 23
Semester III
ELED 4300Methods of Teaching Elementary Science (ALPP)3
ELED 4400Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Science (ALPP)3
ELED 4410Methods, Strategies & Materials for Language Arts ESL (ALCI)3
ELED 4600Methods/Teaching Elementary Language Arts (ALPP)2
ELED 4430Family/Parent Involvement (ALCI)3
ELED 4700Learning and Behavior Difficulties in the Inclusive Classroom2
ELED 4000Practicum Seminar 33
Semester IV
ELED 4900Student Teaching10
ELED 4989Student Teaching Capstone 3

Licensure Requirement

  • Students are required to pass the PRAXIS Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT).
  • Students are required to pass the Foundations of Literacy assessment.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 125 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative university GPA 3.0 or higher.
  5. USBE R277-504-3 A(3) “requires candidates to maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.0, and receive a C or better in all education related courses and major required content courses".
  6. GPA 3.0 or higher in all program prerequisite and professional courses.