2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 25, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, B.S.

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Major Requirements for Elementary Education

Urban Institute for Teacher Education
Sorenson Arts & Education Complex (SAEC) 2260

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 96

Elementary Education

The Elementary Teacher Education Program in the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah is designed to effectively prepare teacher candidates to work with students across various age and ability levels, and from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Degree Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science or Arts degree in Elementary Education, students must complete University of Utah requirements (General Education and Bachelor’s Degree requirements) in addition to the Elementary Teacher Education major and program requirements.


Teaching licenses are granted by the Utah State Board of Education. The College of Education recommends candidates for a Utah Level I Teaching License grades k-6, upon successful completion of the program and exit exams.

ESL Endorsement

The majority of the courses required by the Utah State Board of Education for an ESL endorsement are included in this licensure program. Students wanting to earn the ESL endorsement will have 2 additional course requirements.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Elementary Education program are admitted on a rolling admissions basis. Complete application packets must be received no later than February 1st prior to the anticipated licensure year.  The application consists of:

• Application Form

• Statement of Professional Purpose

• Transcripts

• Three Letters of Recommendation

• Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

• Background Check Clearance from the Utah State Board of Education

Background Check for Initial Licensure

In order to participate in any field-based course, including student teaching, students must pass a State and Federal background check (including fingerprinting) through the Utah State Board of Education. Background check clearance expires after three years, and may need to be renewed during the program, in order to be recommended for a teaching license.

Graduation Requirements

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and may only be attempted twice. If minimum grade is not earned on second attempt, contact the Elementary Advisor.

Honors in Elementary Education

Students seeking an HBA or HBS in Elementary Education must complete:

Professional Ed Core

Integrating Fine Arts

(Complete 1 course)

Professional Development

ESL Endorsement (Optional)

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan

Note: This is just a sample. Log into My Degree Dashboard (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year

Total Hours: 13

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 13

Summer Semester

  • General Education - (AI) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (WR2) 3 Credit(s)
  • General Education - (SF) 3 Credit(s)
  • Human Development General Education - (BF) AND Elementary Education- Professional Education Core 3 Credit(s)
Total Hours: 12

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year