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Secondary Education Program Learning Objectives

Undergraduate Program

The secondary education program works with 21 university departments to provide a program leading to recommendation for secondary teacher licensure. The program includes 35 credits of courses in professional education and clinical experiences organized into three levels. Typically, students begin taking Level 1 courses and clinical experiences during the second semester of their junior year, Level 2 courses and clinical experiences the first semester of their senior year, and finish with Level 3: student teaching and seminars. Conceptually, the program centers on ten standards of teaching:

  1. Content Pedagogy
  2. Student Development
  3. Diverse Learners
  4. Multiple Instructional Strategies
  5. Motivation and Management
  6. Communication and Technology
  7. Planning
  8. Assessment
  9. Reflective Practice: Professional Growth
  10. School and Community Involvement

The program goals are to provide students with the professional knowledge and teaching skills to complement the content knowledge acquired in general education and in teaching majors and minors. Successful completion of the program enables students to be recommended for secondary teacher licensure (grades 6-12) in Utah. 


  • Students will maintain a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.75 and a grade of “C” or better in all courses that constitute the Profession Education Framework (course work from content major and minor departments as well as the secondary education coursework).
  • Students will participate in on-campus teaching simulations as well as 60 hours of clinical experiences in middle and high school settings preceding student teaching.
  • Students will successfully complete a comprehensive professional portfolio demonstrating their understanding of the ten standards based on their course work and clinical experiences at Level 1 and 2, before entering student teaching (Level 3).
  • Students will successful meet the requirements of secondary student teaching and for the professional seminar that accompanies this experience.