Elementary Admission Procedures

Starting Fall 2024, students requesting admission to SUU's Elementary face-to-face and online Education program must follow the process listed below:

  1. Applicants must complete an online application.
  2. Applicants must have taken and passed all "General Education" requirements (30 credits) - this is replacing the Praxis 5001 tests
  3. 3.0 cumulative GPA required for admission. No course with a "C-" grade or below within general education courses or major courses is accepted for licensure. You must receive a "C" grade or higher. This includes any transfer credit. (Students must maintain a semester 3.0 GPA. A lower GPA will result in probation. After two semesters of GPA below 3.0 admission will be revoked. A formal appeal through the Department Chair is required for reinstatement).
  4. Background check/fingerprints are required. Before a teacher candidate can work in the public schools in extended practicums and clinical practice (student teaching), a criminal background check must be completed. You might be required to have your Background check completed prior to admission, as it is needed in EDUC 2200 and 2400. Please refer to the following link for detailed instructions on how to complete this step.
  5. Dispositions. Dispositions are an ongoing part of the admission process in Teacher Education. They will be collected in each course and violating department, college, University, or community ethical standards will affect continued participation and/or admission into education courses and programs. Dispositions begin in pre-admission courses, and if there is an issue, a meeting will be set up with the professor and department chair. 
  6.  Admission Survey. Students will be required to take a quick admissions survey. This survey is used to help us determine where students feel their level of knowledge about key teaching standards falls at the beginning of the program and then at the end.
  7. Online - Must live in Utah: Those wishing to participate in the online program MUST live in the state of Utah.
  8. Complete EDRG 2520 - Foundations of Elementary Literacy Instruction, with a "B" grade or higher. No learner will be admitted into the ELED Teacher Ed. Program without passing EDRG 2520 with a "B" grade or higher.

Finalizing admission to Teacher Education. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure all components of the admission process are complete. Notification of admission status will be completed approximately three weeks after all necessary information is submitted. Students who are denied admission may appeal through the Exemption Committee or reapply in the future.

Policy for Transfer Students: All transfer students must have their teacher education credit hours evaluated by the College of Education Academic Advisor and Chair. Courses older than ten years will not be accepted. Some programs and endorsements may vary.

To be admitted into Elementary Ed. Block: Follow the directions on the Elementary Block Admittance webpage.

To be admitted into Student Teaching: Students will be invited to apply for Student Teaching during their Block semester within their Sonia Portal.

NOTE: ALL Education Students will need to successfully complete the PPAT (Praxis Performance Assessment Test) during their student teaching semester before being recommended for licensure. This assessment will replace the teacher work sample and students will be prepared during courses and required class workshops.