- Department Chair:
- Location: McKay Education Building, Room 224
- Telephone Contact: Lynda L. Olmstead 801-626-7171
Advisement Contact: Kristin Radulovich 801-626-6309
- Professors: Frances Butler, Michael Cena, Forrest Crawford, Linda
Gowans; Associate Professors: Melina Alexander Ann Ellis,
Kristin Hadley, Jack Mayhew, Louise Moulding, Vicki Napper, Richard Pontius,
Peggy Saunders, Pene'e Stewart, Natalie Allen Williams; Assistant
Professors: David Byrd, Anette Melvin, Kristin Nelson, Sue Womack
The major purpose of the professional education programs in teacher education
is to prepare candidates for teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
Preparation is also provided for teachers of students with mild to moderate
disabilities with the special education mild/moderate license. The department
prepares students for endorsements in Mathematics, ESL (English as a Second
Language), Basic Reading (graduate level only), and Education of the Gifted
(graduate level only). All programs are approved by the Utah State Board of
Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
(NCATE) and Northwest/North Central Associations.
The preparation for teaching falls academically within four major categories:
University General Education, support courses, subject specialization, and professional education.
- University General Education requirements -- In selecting courses to satisfy the general education
requirements, candidates should note the general education courses recommended and/or
required in their major and/or professional education requirement sheets available in the
Teacher Education Advisement Center (ED 230).
- Support courses
- Specializations are required of all elementary candidates. Elementary
education majors select one 9-hour content area specialization. The
professional education program outlines acceptable subject specialization
areas and requirements. Special Education majors choose one 9-hour
specialization or a teaching minor. Secondary school candidates completing a
teaching major may be required to complete a teaching minor (refer to the
teaching major program requirements). The teaching major and teaching minor
must be in subjects taught in Utah public secondary schools. Either the
major or minor must be a subject which Utah secondary schools are required
- Professional Education courses help the prospective teacher learn about
children, the nature of the learning process, and how to provide desirable
learning experiences. To meet licensure requirements, secondary school
candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of professional course work; 43 semester hours are required of the
prospective elementary school teacher.
Professional course work in the program is organized into sequential levels. As
students move through the program, they are required to demonstrate in a variety of ways
the knowledge, skills and dispositions that embody the department's organizing theme and
It is important that interested students contact the Teacher Education Advisement
Center (ED 230) as quickly as they decide to become a teacher. Specific program admission
requirements, required courses, and recommended general education course work are
Teacher Education Conceptual Framework
The Department of Teacher Education's conceptual framework theme is "Student
Achievement: Students, Teachers, & Communities Working Together." The model that
illustrates the program's purposes, philosophy, outcomes and evaluation is
represented by an easel, at the center of which are three overlapping
components: Reflecting, Engaging, and Collaborating. The program
standards are performance-based: that is, they describe what teachers should
know and be able to do in order to be awarded a license. Course outcomes and
objectives are geared around the conceptual framework. Students may view the
conceptual framework, INTASC Standards and the critical performances for each
level on the teacher education Web site (http://departments.weber.edu/teachereducation).
Admission to Teacher Education
Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a separate process from general
university admission. The Teacher Education program maintains a competitive
admissions process. A specific number of applicants are provisionally admitted
each semester after having made application and met the minimum admission
criteria listed below. Meeting the minimum requirements only
qualifies a student to be considered for admission. Students are
admitted two times per year: fall semester and spring semester. Applicants are
evaluated using a 100 point system using GPA, Praxis II/CAAP writing scores, and
Minimum Admission Requirements
- Formal Application submitted online and provisional Admission form
submitted to Teacher Education Advisement Center (ED 230) by the deadline
date. Transcripts of all college course work must accompany the application
along with a current degree evaluation.
- At least 40 semester hours of general education and relevant prerequisite courses.
The Professional Education component of the Special Education major
and the Elementary Education major requires four semesters
to complete. Therefore, it is very important that candidates have
completed the General Education requirements and have taken at least some of
the required Support Courses prior to entering the program. Because of
possible scheduling difficulties, failure to do so could mean spending an
extra semester (or more) in completing the program.
- Those intending to teach Special Education or teach at the elementary level, please note:
The Professional Education component of the Secondary Education program
requires two semesters to complete. Therefore, it is very
important that candidates have completed the General Education requirements and most of the
teaching major and minor requirements prior to
entering the program. Because of possible scheduling difficulties,
failure to do so could mean spending an extra semester (or more) in completing
- Those intending to teach at the secondary level, please note:
- Passing the appropriate Praxis II Content test is required for admission
to the Elementary Education and Special Education programs. The Utah State
Office of Education specifies the passing score for each test. Students
will not be considered for admission if they do not meet the state specified
passing score on the Praxis II.
- Minimum score on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency
(CAAP) – Writing section. Registration should be completed at least 15 days
prior to the test date. Dates for testing and administration are available
in ED 230 and the University Testing Center in the Student Services Center.
- Sign up for an interview in the Advisement Center when you turn in
application materials (the schedule will be available approximately one (1)
month prior to the interview dates).
- Composition general education requirement completed (grade "C" or above in
ENGL EN2010, or equivalent).
- Quantitative Literacy requirement completed (see
General Requirements in this catalog).
Note: Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors need MATH
QL1050 as prerequisite for Mathematics Education support courses.
- Communication competency completed (grade "B-" or above in COMM HU1020
of COMM HU2110 or
- University Computer and Information Literacy competency completed (see General
Requirements in this catalog).
- EDUC 1010 Exploring Teaching or approved equivalent course completed.
- Teacher Education also recognizes specific program and diversity needs of professional
education and reserves the right to consider such factors in the admission of candidates.
- For teacher education applicants who are English language learners, an
additional requirement of 6.5 on each of the four sections of the
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is required for
- Fingerprinting/background check must be completed immediately after
being admitted. See Teacher Education Advisement Center (ED 230) for further
- Students are provisionally admitted to a specific teacher education program: (1) early childhood
education; (2) elementary education; (3) special education; (4)
- Provisional admission to a specific program is valid for a period of five years. If a student has
not completed the program within the five-year period or desires to pursue a different
program, he/she must seek readmission under the current admission standards and complete
current course/program requirements. Changes in state licensure requirements may
necessitate more immediate program changes.
- Professional education credits older than five years at the time of program admission
generally will not be counted. However, students may revalidate outdated course work by
following procedures available in the Teacher Education Advisement Center, ED 230.
- Applicants with BS or BA degrees seeking initial licensure in Early
Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special
Education, or Secondary Education, must submit a formal application and
transcripts and complete the interview/statement (see Requirements 1, 2, 3
[if applicable] of Admission to Teacher Education Program). They are then
placed in the pool with others seeking admission.
- Applicants who hold Bachelor's degrees older than five years and who have not had more
recent relevant course work or work experiences related to their major and minor must take
at least two courses in their major and one course in their minor as designated by the
- Applicants with an earned graduate degree seeking initial licensure must
satisfactorily complete requirements 1, 2, 4, and 5. They are then placed in the pool
with others seeking provisional admission.
- Data are collected on students admitted to the Teacher Education program
for the purposes of national accreditation and program improvement. No
personal information is used in this process.
Dual Licensure is a possibility for a student who desires to qualify to teach at
early childhood and elementary, or elementary and secondary levels. Ordinarily, this
requires two or more semesters of work beyond that required for the single
Returning Early Childhood Education students desiring the dual licensure in
Elementary Education must complete at least one
Exceptional Child course (usually EDUC DV3260 The Exceptional Student).
Early Childhood Education Major
The Departments of Child and Family Studies and Teacher Education offer a
major in Early Childhood Education with licensure for teaching in programs which
serve children from birth through eight years of age (Pre-K through 3rd grade).
Requirements are listed under the Department of Child and Family Studies. See
Room ED 248 for
Elementary Education Major
Students preparing to teach in Kindergarten through sixth grade graduate with a
major in Elementary Education.
The Teacher Education Advisement Center and faculty advisors from the Department of
Teacher Education are available to advise prospective teachers. A program requirement
sheet is available from the Teacher Education Advisement Center in Room 230 in
the McKay Education Building. It is
to the student's advantage to begin program planning early.
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