Department of Teacher Education & Family Development

Secondary Education

The 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 and 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. The program is seen as a community where students and teachers apply theoretical concepts, practice strategies, and develop teaching approaches.

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 37-40 semester hours, including Academic Methods and Student Teaching course, of professional education coursework must be completed in the Department of Teacher Education and Human Development.

If you’re interested in Secondary Education please schedule an appointment with an Education Academic Advisor.

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.

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

Program Available Options
Art Composite Major
Biology Major
Business Education Major
Chemistry Major
Dance Education Major
English Major
French Major
German Major
History Major
Mathematics Major
Music Composite Major
Physical Education Major
Physical Science Composite Major
Social Science Composite Major Composite Major
Spanish Major
Theatre Arts Major

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 Instructional Technology 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 8
Academic 4980 Academic Department Student Teaching 2