Department of Teacher Education & Family Development

Secondary Licensure

Students interested in teaching in the secondary schools of Utah (grades 7-12) can complete course work leading to a Secondary Teaching License in the State of Utah. Interested students are required to complete a Composite Teaching Major or an Academic Teaching  Major in one or more of the University's academic colleges. In addition, a minimum of 30 semester hours of professional education course work must be completed in the Department of Teacher Education and Human Development. A Utah teaching license has reciprocity in nearly all other states and territories in the United States.

A minor is not required for Licensure in the State of Utah.  Students will not receive a teaching license in a minor area of study. Secondary licenses are only issued for major areas of study. It is suggested that anyone wanting to complete a minor meet with the Education Advisor.

Secondary Block courses and Student Teaching will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only. Students will not be admitted into the Secondary Educational Professional Block unless 95% of their academic major is completed. The College of Education will register all students for the Secondary Block and Student Teaching.

Secondary Education students must pass their major area (content) PRAXIS exam before student teaching.  For the correct test, registration and test dates you may contact ETS at http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/computer/

Secondary Education Block requirements:

  • Students must have completed all university general education core requirements and 95% of their major requirements.
  • Students must submit a Secondary Block Application and a SUU Registration Add/Drop form
  • Students must be admitted to the College of Education and have current background check on file with the State of Utah

Student Teaching requirements: Application available under Field Services

Majors and Minors Approved for Licensure

  • Secondary students will not receive a teaching license in the minor area. Only the major area of emphasis can be licensed.
Program Available Options
Art Composite Major and Minor
Biology Major
Business Education Composite Minor
Chemistry Major and Minor
Communications Composite Major
Dance Education Major
English Major and Minor
English as a Second Language (ESL) Minor
French Major and Minor
Geography Minor
Geology Minor
German Major and Minor
Health Education Minor
History Major and Minor
Marketing Education Minor
Mathematics Major and Minor
Music Composite Major
Physical Education Major and Minor
Physical Education (Coaching) Emphasis
Physical Science Composite Major
Physics Minor
Special Education Mild/Moderate Dual License
Social Science Composite Major Composite Major
Spanish Major and Minor
Theatre Arts Major and Minor

Secondary Education Required Credit Hours in Education (32 Minimum)

Course Number Course Title Credit
EDUC 3000 Principles of Teaching and Learning 3
SCED 3200 Secondary Education Psychology 3
SPED 3030 Educating Exceptional Students 3
SCED 3400 Educating Diverse Populations 3
EDUC 3180 Academic Decision Making and Assessment 3
SCED 3720 Content Literacy (Online Course) 2
Academic 4900 Methods Course 2-5
  Block (Must be admitted to the College of Education)
SCED 3570 Secondary Classroom Management 3
SCED 3590 Planning, Delivery & Assessment 3
  Student Teaching
SCED 4520 Practicum/Induction Seminar 3
SCED 4980 Secondary Student Teaching 7
Academic 4980 Academic Department Student Teaching 2

Suggested Four-Year Sequence

Year One: See your major Academic Advisor for help in planning your schedule

Course Number Course Title Credit Semester
  General Education Core Requirements 15 Fall
  General Education Core Requirements 15 Spring
  Total First Year Credits 30

Year Two: See your major Academic Advisor for help in planning your schedule

Course Number Course Title Credit Semester
  Finish General Education Core Requirements & Begin Major Area of Study 15 Fall
  Major Area of Study - Consult with your major Academic Advisor 15 Spring
  Total Second Year Credits 30

Year Three: See your major Academic Advisor & College of Education Advisor

Course Number Course Title Credit Semester
  Major Area of Study   Fall
Academic 4900 Academic Methods 2-5 Fall
EDUC 3000 Principles of Teaching & Learning 3 Fall
  Major Area of Study Spring
SPED 3030 Educating Exceptional Students 3 Spring
EDUC 3200 Secondary Education Psychology 3 Spring
SCED 3720 Content Area Literacy    (On-line only) 2 Spring
  Total Third Year Credits 30

Year Four: See College of Education Academic Advisor

All Class work must be completed before student teaching

Major AREA PRAXIS Exam must be taken and passed before Student Teaching

Course Number Course Title Credit Semester
  Finish up Major Area of Study Classes Fall
SCED 3400 Educating diverse Populations 3 Fall
EDUC 3180 Academic Decision Making & Assessment 3 Fall
SCED 3590 Planning, Delivery & Assessment 3 Fall
SCED 4520 Practicum/Induction Seminar 3 Spring
SCED 4980 Secondary Student Teaching 7 Spring
Academic 4980 Academic Department Student Teaching 2 Spring
  Total Fourth Year Credits 30