Department of Teacher Education

Secondary Education

Southern Utah University’s secondary education program is based on a thorough preparation in the liberal arts and sciences, professional studies, and in-specialty courses--all of which form a dynamic collaboration that combines theory, practice, content and skill. The program provides opportunities for the prospective teacher to become effective in the classroom, meeting the demands of a challenging and changing educational environment and satisfying state licensure requirements.

Offered Subjects:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Dance
  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical & Biological Sciences
  • Physical Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Theatre Arts

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.

Students accepted to COEHD after January 1, 2020, will need to take and pass a teacher performance assessment during their student teaching semester before recommended for licensure. This assessment will replace the teacher work sample and students will be prepared during courses and required class workshops.

Completing a minor is not required for licensure in the State of Utah. Secondary licenses are only recommended to the state office of education, for completed major areas of study. Should a student wish to complete a minor they are encouraged to meet with their Education Advisor.

Secondary Education students can also select to complete a dual licensure program in conjunction with their Secondary Education degree in Special Education (K-12) or an endorsement for English as a Second Language (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.

IMPORTANT:  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.

Please see College Admissions page for admission information.

Majors (programs) Approved for Licensure

Majors/Minors approved for licensure
Program Available Options
Art Education Composite Major / Minor
Biology Education Major
Business Education Major
Chemistry Education Major / Minor
Dance Education Major
English as a Second Language Endorsement
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 Major / Minor
Physical Science Education Composite Major
Physics Education Minor
Secondary Education Licensure License only
Social Science Composite Composite Major
Spanish Teaching Major / Minor
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 1010 Principles of Teaching and Learning 3
EDUC 3200 Educational Psychology 3
SPED 3030 Educating Exceptional Students 3
EDUC 3400 Schools, Society, and Diversity 3
EDUC 3180 Instructional Technology 2
SCED 3720 Content Area Literacy and Common Core 2
Academic 4900 Methods Course 2-5
  Block (Must be admitted to the College of Education)  
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