Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
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:
- Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
- Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920 and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
- 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).
- 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:
- Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
- 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 (1) the student’s GPA in a set of core courses, (2) ACT scores or PPST test results, (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: Content Knowledge Exam with a score of 150 or higher 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.
Elementary/Early Childhood Areas of Emphasis
Students majoring in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education are required to complete an area of Emphasis. All students majoring in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education must complete an area of Emphasis consisting of 9-12 credits. (For the K-6 Licensure Program 9 credits are required, while 12 credits are required for all other programs.) The area of Emphasis must be chosen from the following fields: Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics/General Science, General Science, Fine Arts, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health/Wellness/Nutrition, School Library Media, a Foreign Language, or English as a Second Language (ESL).
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 these courses.)
Breadth Requirements (18-19 credits)
Choose one course from the following to meet the BAI requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet the BCA requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet the BHU requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet the BSS requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet the BLS requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet the BPS 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
Communications Intensive (CI) (2 courses) (included in major)
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 Deaf Education and Elementary Education Major
Elementary Education Major (61 credits) (includes Teaching Support Courses)
Students should complete all of the following courses as indicated.
Teaching licensure requires a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA). (Grades lower than a C will not be accepted toward the major.)
Level I (6 credits) (2.75 GPA required in Level I courses)
Level II (courses taken concurrently during fall or spring semester) (17 credits)
Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to taking these classes.
Level III (courses taken concurrently during fall or spring semester) (16 credits)
Level IV (Student Teaching—taken during Master's Program)
Deaf Education Requirements (47-49 credits)
Minimum University Requirements