College of Education

Elementary Education Program


Upon completing the prerequisite General Education and Program prerequisite courses, students are eligible to apply to the Elementary Education Program. The Junior and Senior years include coursework and teaching experiences leading to a Utah Level I Educator License. The Utah Level I license qualifies graduates to teach Kindergarten through 8th grade. Paid employment opportunities while in the program are sometimes available to students through UT’s partnership with school districts. Additionally, students will graduate with the ability to apply for an ESL Endorsement, which gives them the knowledge and skills to teach students who are learning English as a second language. Licensing is not guaranteed or awarded by Utah universities, but by the state they are applying to.

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Admission Criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete all GE and Program prerequisites courses
  • C grade or better (no C- credit) in all Program GE and Prerequisite courses
  • Pass Accuplacer NG Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics for Math (Minimum score of 255). Pass Accuplacer NG Writing for English (Minimum score of 255)
  • Complete program application the semester before beginning the ELED Program. Application information can be found here. The application process requires an official UT transcript, two Professional Responsibility evaluations completed by Education prerequisite instructors, two recommendation forms, background check clearance, and official Accuplacer score report.
  • If the above requirements have been appropriately satisfied by the application deadline, students will invited to participate in a Group Interview.
  • Students who receive an overall admission score of 74 or higher will be accepted to the Elementary Education Program. This score is calculated based on scores from the group interview, evaluations, recommendation forms, and GPA.

GE Prerequisite Courses:

Minimum of 63 college semester hours or an Associate’s Degree including GE’s electives, institutional requirements, and the following GE courses:

  • MATH 1030 Quantitative Literacy or MATH 1050 College Algebra
  • PSY 1010 General Psychology or PSY 1100 Human Development or FSHD 1500 Human Development (UT Preschool lab hours required)
  • HIST 1700 American Civilization or POLS 1100 American Government
  • Diversity component: Minimum 1 semester of any college-level foreign language course (including ASL) or evidence of having lived in a non-English speaking country or environment for a continuous period of 1 year or more.

ELED Program Prerequisite Courses:

  • EDUC 1010 – Introduction to Education
  • EDUC 2010 – Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners
  • EDUC 2400 – Foundations of Multicultural/ESL Learners
  • EDUC 2500 – Instructional Technology in K-12 Classrooms (within 5 years of application)
  • EDUC 2700 Graduation Planning, Program Application, & Career Prep
  • EDUC 3110 – Educational Psychology
  • MATH 2010 – Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MATH 2020 – Math for Elementary Teachers II

ELED Program Professional Courses

*Once admitted to the Elementary Education Program

Semester 1

*Once admitted to the Elementary Education Program

ELED 3100  Curriculum Design Planning and Assessment

ELED 3150  Principles of Early Childhood Education

ELED 3350  Literacy Acquisition of Young Children

ELED 3410  Literacy Acquisition & Cognition ESL

ELED 3550  Curriculum for Early Childhood Education

ELED 3650  Assessment of Young Children

Semester 2

ELED 3250  Effective Classroom Management

ELED 3300  Literacy for the Intermediate Grades

ELED 3420  Assessment for ESL Education

ELED 3500  Healthy Lifestyles & Physical Education

ELED 3900  Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners

ELED 4200  Fine Arts in Elementary Education

Semester 3

ELED 4100  Methods in Teaching Elementary Math

ELED 4300 Methods in Teaching Elementary Science

ELED 4400  Methods in Teaching Elementary Social Studies

ELED 4410  Methods/Strategies/Materials Language Arts ESL

ELED 4430  Family/Parent Involvement Education ESL

ELED 4600  Methods in Teaching Elementary Language Arts

Semester 4

ELED 4440  Integrating Language and Content ESL

ELED 4900  Student Teaching

ELED 4989  Capstone Seminar


Patrick Schwab, Ph.D.

Department Chair


Phone: 435-652-7854

Office: COE 166

Zac Olson

Associate Academic Advisor for College of Education


Phone: 435-652-7846

Office: COE 109/112

Mary McFadden

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4247

Office: COE Front Admin