Block Admittance

In order to go into student teaching, all Elementary and Secondary education students are required to first go through a series of courses (Block) that both prepares you for the classroom and gives you practical experience in a classroom setting.

Elementary "Block" consists of five courses taken simultaneously in the semester before student teaching. Students are not allowed to take any other courses in conjunction with these five courses due to the time commitments required. Alongside the five courses, students will also be spending time in three different practicum settings.

Secondary "Block" consists of two courses taken together, usually in the semester before student teaching. Alongside the two courses, students will be required to participate in various practicum settings.

To be admitted to "Block"

First things first: You will need to be admitted to the College of Education before you can be admitted to Block. 

Block Application

  • Application
  • Current 3.0 GPA is Required
  • All paperwork completed before being registered for "Block"
  • All Admitted Program coursework completed
  • No out of state or out of country applications will be accepted at this time.

For Elementary Education Students:

All SUU Elementary Education students desiring to be recommended for licensure in 2022-23 must take the Utah Foundations for Reading assessment. Information about the test can be found at https://www.ut.nesinc.com/. Please take the Utah Foundations for Reading Assessment after you have taken EDRG 3010. This course will provide you with the content to do well on the required assessment. The EDRG 2520 and 3010 Texts are other good prep for the assessment.

During the 2022-23 school year, the test is free for students with a voucher. To receive a voucher fill out this google form. Your information will be submitted to the state. Stacy Hurst will check the form weekly. You will then receive an email with the voucher and with information about registration for the test. 2021-22 Vouchers end the last of August. There may be a break before next year’s vouchers are available. The test is 4 hours in length and can be taken at multiple locations (including online). 

When you have completed the assessment, please forward the email that you receive from “Utah Foundations of Reading” with your test score to Shirley Wilson at wilson@suu.edu

  • For students currently enrolled in the Fall '22 block, you will need to take the assessment as soon as possible AND the literacy test must be passed before you will be able to be enrolled to student teach during the Spring 2023 semester.  The cut score for the Fall '22 block students on the literacy assessment is 230. Students can take the test more than once if needed, but a score of at least 230 is required to be enrolled in student teaching in Spring 2023. 
  • For students who will be enrolled in the Spring '23 elementary block, you need to meet all other requirements to be in the block (not missing any classes, passing required classes, 3.0 GPA, etc.) AND have taken the literacy assessment.  If you do not pass with the cut score of 234, you can still be enrolled in the elementary block with the understanding that you will have to take the literacy assessment again during the elementary block and pass it with a score of 234 or higher before you can be enrolled to student teach during the Fall 2023 semester.
  • For all other semesters, a passing score of 234 on the literacy assessment is required before you can be enrolled in the elementary block.

Additional Resources

While more information will be given when the semester starts, here is some basic information about the elementary block.

The elementary block consists of five courses taken all at the same time to prepare you for student teaching. Tentatively, classes will be held from 9:00am – 11:00am on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 1:00pm – 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (see chart below). Attendance is required to pass the elementary block courses.

  • ELED 3460, Methods of Language Arts
  • ELED 3470, Methods of Mathematics
  • ELED 3480, Methods of Science
  • ELED 3490, Methods of Social Studies
  • ELED 3570, Methods of Classroom Management

*Wednesdays from 11:00am - 1:00pm will be reserved for block meetings, group work, debriefing, etc.

Tentative Weekly Course/Practicum Schedule:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00am-11:00am Practicum Practicum Methods Courses Methods Courses Practicum
11:00am-1:00pm Group Work
1:00pm-3:00pm Methods Courses Methods Courses Methods Courses Practicum from *1:00pm-3:30pm

Besides the five elementary methods courses, you will be spending time in three different practicum settings throughout the semester to give you diverse teaching experiences. These practicum experiences are required to pass the elementary block courses. Practicum is a service-learning experience, so practicum students cannot be paid for time spent in the schools. You will plan and teach lessons, supervise children, and learn from your mentor teachers in different practicum settings.

  1. Iron County School District
    1. Spend 2-2.5 hours per day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays (approximately 90 hours during the semester)
  2. Charter School in Washington County (St. George Area)
    1. Spend one full week, Monday - Friday (approximately 35 hours)
    2. This date is not set until the school year starts
    3. Carpool with peers is encouraged
  3. Canyons School District
    1. Spend one full week, Monday - Friday (approximately 35 hours)
    2. This date is not set until the school year starts
    3. Carpool with peers is encouraged

*There will be one overnight retreat at the SUU cabin to learn more about integrating lesson plans. The date will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

*Course assignments, lesson planning, content knowledge, a positive disposition, effective teaching, group work, and reflection are required in the block.

While more information will be given when the semester starts, here is some basic information about the online elementary block.

The elementary block consists of five courses taken all at the same time to prepare elementary education majors for student teaching.

  • ELED 3460, Methods of Language Arts
  • ELED 3470, Methods of Mathematics
  • ELED 3480, Methods of Science
  • ELED 3490, Methods of Social Studies
  • ELED 3570, Methods of Classroom Management

Besides the five elementary methods courses, elementary block students will be spending time in a practicum setting (in a regular education K-6 grade classroom). Approval from the principal and mentor teacher will need to be given by filling out our form and then submitted to Shirley Wilson at wilson@suu.edu, 435-586-7802 before being admitted to the online elementary block. Please talk to your online academic advisor, Cierra Melling at cierramelling@suu.edu, 435-865-8103. A face-to-face practicum experience is required to pass the elementary block courses. Some things to know about this face-to-face practicum:

  1. The practicum must be face-to-face in your local, accredited elementary school.
  2. The practicum placement must be in one regular education, K-6 grade classroom for all your required hours.
  3. The practicum needs to be arranged by the Online SUU block student before you will be registered for the online block courses by Shirley (see above).
  4. The practicum student will spend two hours per day (10 hours per week) in the practicum classroom for the full semester (this time will count for all 5 elementary block courses).
    1. The 2-hour block of praticum time each day will be scheduled by the practicum student and mentor teacher
    2. Planning and teaching lessons
    3. Supervising children
    4. Learning from the mentor teacher (you will have the same mentor teacher all semester)
  5. Practicum is a service-learning experience, so SUU practicum students cannot be paid for time spent in the schools for practicum hours.
  6. Practicum students will complete two separate, week-long experiences in their practicum classroom
    1. The first week-long practicum experience will take place near the beginning of the semester
      1. The experience will include observing, helping, and getting to know the students, procedures, schedule, etc. of the classroom while spending full teacher contract days/hours at the school during that week.
    2. The second week-long practicum experience will take place near the end of the semester
    1. The experience will include taking over the classroom and solo-teaching; including planning, implementing lessons, managing the classroom, and taking over any extra duties (bus, recess, lunch, etc.) while spending full teacher contract days/hours at the school during that week.
    2. The practicum students will be required to film themselves teaching a lesson during this week.

*Course assignments, lesson planning, teaching, discussion posts, reflections, etc. are required in the online block. There will be due dates, but when students complete the assignments is up to the student's discretion.

*The online elementary education block and the face-to-face elementary education blocks are completely separate.

Are the online block classes only offered in the fall?

Online Block is offered Fall and Spring each year. It must be taken immediately before your student teaching.


Am I responsible for finding my own practicum setting?

Yes! Please reach out to a local elementary school prnci[al and review with him/her the requirements including 10 hours a week volunteer work that you will need to accomplish in that should for 14 weeks. You will be practicing activities you are learning in Canvas during these 10 practicum hours a week. This must be in one class with one teacher. You will fill out our form and turn in before you can start the application to the block courses. This form includes permission to complete your practicum hours in a regular education, K-6 grade classroom. Signatures from the principal and mentor teacher are required.


What are the expectations from your program in regards to Two weeks of Block experiences in schools with a high number of diverse learners?

In “online block” you will still do two different week-long practicum experiences like the face-to-face block, but unlike the face-to-face block, you are not to travel to accomplish them. Please do both of these week-long practicum experiences in the same classroom you are doing all of your other hours in.


What are the steps I need to take to find a classroom(s) in which to do the practicum?

  1. Identify a local elementary school in which you may provide 10 hours a week, unpaid service for 14 weeks.
  2. Contact the Principal at that school and gain permission to serve as a Practicum Student. Fill out the required form, including getting signatures from the administrator and mentor teacher, and turn it in to SUU.
  3. Contact Principal(s) in Diversity-rich local schools at which you may do the two week Diversity Practicums.