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2014-2015 General Catalog (Spring, Summer 2015) 
    
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Elementary Education and Special Education (Composite) - BA


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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement


Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
    Or
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
    Or
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
    Or
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
    Or
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

Provisional Admission Process and Requirements


Provisional Admission Process and Requirements

More students major in Elementary Education at USU than in any other major. Therefore, competition for admission into the program is very keen. Due to increased demands for admission, coupled with limited resources, a ceiling of 180 students has been placed on admissions each year. Thus, admission to USU does not necessarily guarantee admission into the Elementary Education Program.

Provisional admission to the Elementary and Early Childhood Teacher Education Program is determined by overall GPA 3.0 minimum to apply (1) the student's overall GPA in a set of core courses, (2) ACT scores, (3) the number of credits a student has taken, and (4) successful completion of a group assessment interview. (Additional factors to be weighted may be gender and/or minority status consistent with applicable law.) Additional requirements for application to the program are a speech and hearing test, a Teacher Education Writing Exam, and a background check through the Utah State Office of Education. Students must also pass and provide written evidence of the Praxis II Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Exam prior to admission. Applications are accepted each semester. Because there are typically more applicants than there is space available, the number accepted is limited. Students who are not accepted may reapply.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for enrollment in the major, starting with Level II. A student desiring admission to the Teacher Education Program should file an application in the Elementary Education Office, located in room 373 of the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building.

University Studies Requirements


Elementary Education Majors and Early Childhood Education Majors are required to take certain classes to fulfill the University Studies requirements. The following sections list the specific courses to choose from:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) (3 credits)


(A grade lower than a C- will not be accepted in this course.)

Breadth Requirements (18-19 credits)


Choose one course from the following to meet the BCA requirement:


Exploration Requirement (3-4 credits)


Students in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors should fulfill this requirement by completing PHYS 1200  (BPS).

Depth Education Requirements


Quantitative Intensive (QI) (1 course)


(A grade lower than a C- will not be accepted in this course.)

Depth Course Requirements (4 credits minimum)


Complete at least 4 credits in approved University Studies depth courses designated DSC, DHA, or DSS (outside of area of emphasis).

Composite Elementary Education and Special Education Major


Elementary Education Major (65 credits) (includes Teaching Support Courses)


Students should complete all of the following courses as indicated.

Note:


Teaching licensure requires a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA). (Grades lower than a B- will not be accepted toward the major.)

Note:


1 Students must complete Special Education major coursework prior to student teaching.

2 Required for Special Education—Severe specialization only.

Special Education Major (33 or 29 credits)


Students should choose either the Mild/Moderate specialization or the Severe specialization.

Students must be admitted to the Special Education program prior to taking these courses.

Mild/Moderate Specialization (33 credits)


Severe Specialization (29 credits)


Minimum University Requirements


Total Credits

120

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better

100

Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)

40

USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)

12

Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )

3

General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 

 

 

 

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