Secondary Education

The Teacher Education faculty at Southern Utah University decry inequity and injustice in our educational system and greater society. We commit to developing and nurturing educators who value all people in the communities they serve. Such professional educators will act as agents of change, advocate for equity and justice in their schools and communities, and will embolden students to do the same.

If you're interested in Secondary Education please schedule an appointment with an Education Academic Advisor and check out our Undergraduate Teacher Ed Program Handbook.

Students interested in teaching in the secondary schools of Utah (grades 7-12) can complete coursework 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 coursework and a student teaching placement must be completed as required by this licensure program. Secondary Education students must meet with an Education Advisor to plan this program.

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 will need to have passed a Background check prior to or during EDUC 2200 or EDUC 2400.

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.

Secondary Education students will no longer be required to take the Praxis II for their major, only if completing certain minors (please check with your advisor). SPED minors no longer requires a Praxis test.

MINORS: Completing a minor is not required for licensure in the State of Utah. Should a student wish to complete an education-related minor they are encouraged to meet with their Education Advisor. Please note that you will be required to pass the (content) PRAXIS exam associated with your minor if required before student teaching in order to be licensed in it. For the correct test, registration and test dates you may contact ETS.

Secondary Education students can also select to complete a dual licensure program in conjunction with their Secondary Education degree in Special Education (K-12).

Block - is the final semester of coursework taken prior to student teaching placement. This coursework consists of the "methods" of teaching classes. The Block and Student Teaching are only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters so students should consider this as they plan their coursework. College of Education staff will register qualified students for the Secondary Block and Student Teaching. SCED 3720 and/or SCED 3180 may be taken with or before Block, as long as the student has Junior standing and 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Apply for Block

Please be aware that SUU does not provide out-of-state placements for Student Teaching.

Majors (programs) Approved for Licensure

Majors/Minors approved for licensure
Program Available Options
Agriculture Education Major
Art Education Composite Major / Minor
Biology Education Major
Business Education Major
Chemistry Education Major / Minor
Dance Education Major
English Teaching / English Composite Major / Minor
French Education Major
German Minor
History Teaching Major / Minor
Marketing Education Minor
Mathematics Education Major / Minor
Music Education Choral / Instrumental Composite Major
Physical Education Coaching / Teaching Major / Minor
Physical Science Education Composite Major
Physics Education Minor
Secondary Education Licensure License only
Social Science Composite Composite Major
Spanish Teaching Major
Special Education (K-12) Minor
Theatre Arts Education Major

Secondary Education Required Credit Hours in Education (32 Minimum)

Required Courses
Course Number Course Title Credit
EDUC 2100 Principles of Curriculum and Instruction 3
EDUC 2200 Educational Psychology 3
SPED 2030 Educating Exceptional Students 3
EDUC 2400 Schools, Society, and Diversity 3
SCED 3180 Instructional Technology 2
SCED 3720 Content Area Literacy and the Utah Core 2
Academic 4900 Methods Course 2-5
Block (must apply)
SCED 3570 Secondary Classroom Management 3
SCED 3590 Instructional Planning, Delivery and Assessment 3
Student Teaching
SCED 4520 Practicum/Induction Seminar 2
SCED 4980 Secondary Student Teaching 8
Academic 4980 Academic Department Student Teaching 2